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BLOG STUFF: issues with my feed, email subscriptions, and a new site developer needed

I extended the Six Sisters’ Stuff Cookbook giveaway and the Children’s Book giveaway for one more day.  Closes tonight (Mar. 25th, 11:59pm MST) Hurry on over! :)

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Okay, today is blog maintenance day.  I have a few things that I need a little advice/help with……and I’m just feeling a little clueless.  And I know there are so many of you out there who know a lot more about this than I do.  So, can I ask you a few questions?  I’d love a little help if you have some time. 

 

If you do, pull up a chair around the virtual conference table…..

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……and don’t forget to grab a virtual cupcake that I “whipped up” this morning. (because you know my philosophy……treats make anything bearable. ;) )

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Okay, so here’s the deal.  Feedburner is sadly going away.  Oh wait, you’re not sure what feedburner is?  Well, do you get my posts in your inbox??  Or do you read my blog posts from a feed?  Then you’re using feedburner.  What it is, is a free service that gathers all the information from my latest blog posts, and sends it to your email automatically.  Or your feed location.  Which is kinda like opening up the newspaper and reading all the latest headlines……except it’s the most recent posts of your favorite blogs. 

 

There are more than 50,000 of you who have subscribed through feedburner to read my blog.  I don’t really pay much attention to it and don’t read blogs through a feed myself……but I know some prefer it.  I added it years ago because someone asked, and that was it.  I pretty much left it alone.  However, Feedburner (powered by Google) is saying goodbye.  Well, it said goodbye several months ago and now it’s just trickling out.  I just barely noticed that there have been some issues with my feed and that’s when I went digging…..and realized Feedburner is no longer an option.

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So, I decided it’s probably best to add something different.  I know Feedburner is still “sort of” working…..but it’s going to die any day know.  So I’m trying to decide on some sort of other feed/email service…..but I have no clue what to use. 

 

Any ideas? 

 

Do you use a feed reader that you really love?  Does it offer email subscriptions?

 

If you’re someone who prefers reading blogs in a feed……have you seen people use various feed sources?  What works the best for you as the reader?

 

Or maybe I should just do away with it?

 

Hopefully I’ll get that straightened out soon. 

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Onto something else……..I’m looking to hire someone to help with blog maintenance and site issues.  I am so not the computer brains behind this operation.  My tool belt includes sewing scissors and thread.  Not a computer book and a coding manual.  (I get hives just saying those words.) 

 

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I try to work around things and have googled the crud out of certain issues…..but my brain power is limited in this arena.  I have hired out for help with making over the blog and a few other things…..but both of the gals I have used (who are brilliantly smart with this stuff) are both tending to brand new babies.

 

Soooo, I’m looking for someone who can make design tweaks (I’m on Word Press), figure out hosting issues (ack, that stuff scares me….but I have my own server through HostGator), understands html really well, can help me tweak these cache-ing issues I’ve been having (ack, so sorry to some of you!), and other issues.

 

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This isn’t some sort of full time position…….but I’m looking for someone I can contact with certain things when they arise.  And of course, I’ll pay for the help.

 

So, do you do this type of stuff yourself as a profession?  Or maybe your spouse/friend/neighbor??  I’d love to fix a few things around here that are broken…..but also keep a name on file to call on for help when I need bigger renovations.  And then I can stick to adding zippers to dresses and turning old purses into baby shoes. ;)

 

If you or someone you know (or have hired) would be interested, send me an email: ashley{at}makeit-loveit{dot}com.  Tell me if it’s someone you’ve hired yourself, if you’re the person who is interested, etc…….and a bit about what they (or you) can do.  (Also, I’d prefer to hire someone who has done this professionally, who I can make a payment to, can call on at any time and not feel bad for asking, can keep things more professional, etc……rather than, “hey, I can see if I can help you out with that!”.  I’d love a favor……but I’d rather not mix a friendship with hiring for help.  Just so things don’t get sticky.  Know what I mean??)

 

Thank you, thank you!! 

 

And I’m going to ignore the site maintenance for now while I finish the kiddos’ Easter outfits. :)

-Ashley

 

Ashley Johnston
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Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with my craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
Blog stuff: issues with my feed, email subscriptions, and a new site developer needed
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  15. Cyndi says:

    Have you heard of MadMimi? They handle emails/newsletters and do a fantastic job. I recommend them to all of my clients who switched from feedburner. I might be able to help you with your design tweaks, or maybe just answer some of your questions :) I’ll send you a message to see if I can help. -Cyndi

  16. Amy Z. says:

    Have you thought of FeedBlitz? I have heard better things about them than FeedBurner . . .

  17. Amber Omer says:

    Change is a pain sometimes. :( I love getting my feed of your blog through my email. I would love to have a replacement so I can continue getting them if that ends up working out for you!

  18. Rachel says:

    Try Jessica at https://elevensixty.com/. She did my business site and works on occasional issues that pop up. She’s also a blogger so she’ll “get” that end of it and be able to help you with anything you need. Or try Heather at https://www.omsh.com/category/web-design/

    Good luck!

  19. Valerie says:

    I guess I am different than most. I have a handfull of blogs that I love to follow and I simply keep your homepages in my craft blogs favorites folder and just check from time to time. Low tech, but that’s how I roll!!!

  20. Kristy says:

    Oh my! I suscribe to a lot of sewing blogs via feedurner so I can get all notifications of new posts via email. I really hope it gets figured out where i don’t lose any of you guys. i better make a list I guess. Really love reading your blog. Looking forward to a solution :)

  21. Rachel says:

    I’m also using BlogLovin now, I like it because it is easy to go to the actual websites, and then there’s a bar at the top to go to the next one. You can create groups etc as well. Now I get to see everyone’s pretty pages, but still go easily from one to the nextǃ It imported my blogs I read from Google Reader.

  22. Andy says:

    I’d be happy to help. My mom ran into your blog and recommended we connect. I’m a web developer, with a bit of extra time on my hands.
    Thats right feed burner is going away, sad but true. BUT there are tons of other products and the sooner you switch the easier the transition will be.
    You won’t have to lose subscribers. T
    he question will then be integration and consistency, you’ll want a tool you can easily do what you want. That will depend on your comfort level of web development.

    I can help with all that, the HTML CODING, and some social media if you’d like.

    Email me back so we can get started.

  23. melle@feathered ruffles says:

    OOh also… I’m trying out bloglovin (which I have linked on my account.)

    And it looks like my RSS subs are using feedly. I haven’t used it because I don’t like readers. I like emails personally. BUt it’s because I have 200+ folders in my email all nicely listed and labeled with exactly what’s inside.

    cooking: entree: chicken
    crafts: fabric: clothing for sizes NB-2T
    Family
    Etsy sales
    FR: accounts payable
    FR: Accounts receivable
    blah blah blah.

    And I really like having everything so nicely organized and in one place….

  24. melle@feathered ruffles says:

    Gah! I had no idea feedburner was going away! that’s how I get MOST of my blogs I read in my email!!!! OMGoodness. No idea how to even go about fixing this… *tears*

    That said… I use wordpress. WordPress has something called Jetpack. And Jetpack handles subscriptions via email and I believe RSS feeds. Something to look into. It’s not feedburner or Goodle reader, as far as I know… it’s Jetpack powered. Something to look in to…

    ALso.. my web girl is AMAZING. 4 am emails because I can’t find my wordpress log in screen? 7am returned email. (By them my numb brain had found it, but still…LOL!)

    And she alsop has different packages. Either a monthly package where she can handle your maintenance and small issues OR a by the event price… both are low. :)

    She really listened when we were designing my blog, and was and has been VERY easy to work with and like I said… She just REALLY heard me. When I said I wanted simply, clean, not too flashy. Not a lot of overwhelming stuff going on outside the blog edges… she really made it happen. :) And she’s taught me simply stuff. And even integrated my etsy store. (She can also put your shop right on your page if that’s more your style….)

    I highly recommend her. I don’t get spiffs or anything for recommending her, at least I don’t think I do…. But I can’t recommend Veronica highly enough.

    If you contact her (And she has several examples of live blogs listed for her portfolio on her page so you can get a good idea about what she has done in the past and most are a lot flashier than mine… LOL!) Just tell her Melle from Feathered Ruffles sent you over. :)

    https://kirindesigngr.com/
    Her name is Veronica. :) She’s local to me and I even wrote up a blog about the day we met for coffee and went live…

  25. Dee says:

    Arrrrggggghhhhh! The only blogs I read come to my email and most are through feedburner. I am NOT a computer person and when I have been reading blogs telling me that google reader is going away I naively thought that it didn’t effect me as I read all my blogs through feedburner and they come into my email. Now I have just discovered that feedburner IS google reader! oh my blissful bubble has just been burst. Thanks for the heads up ’cause when it died completely I would have been in a terrible pickle. Now I need to do something about it…. like get onto some other readers ’cause I don’t want to miss my favourite blogs.

  26. Ruth D says:

    I like BlogLovin’ myself. I’m computer literate but I don’t think I’m your person. Feel free to e-mail me if you need help. I might be able to answer questions or point you in a direction until you find someone.

  27. ellie says:

    I have switched to bloglovin, does the job well. Lots of blogs have switched to it already. Some I now receive through email directly. Bloglovin collects the feeds and delivers them to your email, or you can go directly to their site. I have a button in my browserbar and informs we when new feeds are available, just like gmail.

    Good luck

  28. Melanie C says:

    I switched to Blog Lovin’ and it seems to be working well!

  29. Jackie says:

    I’m not a techy either. Didn’t know feedburner was going away. Word press does have some info under “publish” that lets you make your blog available through Yahoo! and others. I enjoy your blog. Please keep us posted. :)

  30. MaryAnn says:

    Whatever you do, don’t do away with it. I only read blogs that go through my reader and I’d be sad to have yours disappear.

  31. sarah says:

    I use google next to keep up with my blogs that I read but maybe that is going away with feedburner?? I don’t know much about that. Good luck!

  32. Carmen says:

    I don’t have any experience with this, but I found an article that might help with your feed: https://www.blogher.com/using-feedburner-time-look-alternatives Months before they announced Google Reader would be shutting down, I switched to Netvibes to read my favorite blogs.

  33. Susan C. Forsythe says:

    I just hope to continue receiving your blog posts via email!

  34. Mindy says:

    Thanks for openly sharing – I also use feedburner and would need a replacement. Please keep us updated on your solution!

  35. Kirsten says:

    I noticed BlogLovin has already been mentioned. Someone suggested The Old Reader to me, which looks very similar to Google Reader. It took a while for them to import my feeds, but now that they’re all in there it seems pretty decent. You’ve got to expect some slow down when all the Google Reader folks are trying to find something new, right?

  36. TerriSue says:

    I did not know that feedburner was leaving. Most of the blogs I subscribe to are by feedburner. I do not sbscribe to blogs if the only way is by RSS Feed. Please find a reader!.

  37. Maureen says:

    You might want to check out mailchimp.com for your email feeds. They offer a free service and send you a lot of information on how to get started. I’m getting ready to add them to my site.

  38. kristie says:

    I happen to consider you to be one of the top 5 craft bloggers out there. I’ve been doing a lot of research on successful bloggers. It surprises me that you aren’t already a pro at email feeds and their importance to your blog. Your content most be truly the best out there.

    Here is a great article I love about email feeds.

    https://dollarsandroses.com/the-biggest-mistake-i-made-when-i-first-started-blogging/

  39. Stina says:

    Found out Google Reader was going away and about hyperventilated. lol. I honestly used Reader and never even looked into anything else. Fortunately, Crap I’ve Made posted using BlogLovin’ and that is what I decided to switch to. It even moved the over 400 blogs I “follow” into it for me. Woohoo! Anyway, no emails for me…but BlogLovin’ is working just fine.

    BTW: Drool! Those cupcakes look soooo yummy!!!

  40. Lottebees says:

    Sad to not be living in the US for those wonderfull books!
    I’m trying to write a little story with my 9-year old. Just showed the post about the books and he just shouted: See, It does happen!
    And those cupcakes! OMG! really great to see. And they must be a treat to eat!
    I’ve got a long way to go yet…

  41. Pixi says:

    I have moved to Netvibes for my reading. I have to say that if you didn’t offer an RSS feed service, I wouldn’t be able to read your blog, and that would be sad.

  42. lisacng @ expandng.com says:

    I haven’t found a good email subscription replacement to Feedburner. Was going to use Mail Chimp but just haven’t set it up. As for RSS feed service, I reverted by blog back to the WordPress default feed url. I think there’s a plug in to track the number of subcriptions in WP too. Good luck!

  43. Pam Pike says:

    I get your blog post and all the others I read via email. I love getting them in my email because that way I don’t have to remember to go to the blogs directly. I hope I can continue to get them this way.

  44. Stephanie Hackney says:

    I just sent you an email through your site. Info on both topics included.

    Have a great day,

    Steph

  45. Sarah Kimmel {Tech4Moms} says:

    Definitely check out my site maintenance plans on my website. It’s exactly what I do.

  46. Laura says:

    I don’t know anything about all of this stuff either, but I do follow some other blogs that I get email notifications for and one I noticed today is done by FeedBlitz. Not sure if this is any help or not.

  47. Francheska says:

    Try Feedly. I tried a couple and really like this one the best.

  48. Laura J. says:

    I originally subscribed to your blog through Google reader, which is also going away, so I’ve migrated to Feedly. It works fine, and I like it on my computer, but I also read blogs on my Kindle a lot when I’m out and about and their Kindle Fire app is stupid. I’ll probably keep using it though.

    As far as the maintenance type stuff, you might talk to Melissa Esplin at I Still Love You — http://www.melissaesplin.com. I know she does a lot of blog design work and she might have good recommendations for you.

  49. Jaren says:

    I switched to MailChimp and I use one of their basic RSS campaigns to send out my feeds by email. I deactivated Feedburner since it is not working.

  50. Anonymous says:

    I’m sorry, i’m not much help in regards to the computer stuff, but im dying to know whether you will show us how to make those deeliciouuuus cupcakes :)

    1. Anonymous says:

      oooh no, nevermind i spotted the link, but we will see those easter outfits right?

  51. Olivia says:

    I have no idea about this stuff, but a lot of the blogs I read that were using Google Reader are now going to Bloglovin. Good Luck!

  52. Robert says:

    My wife reads your blog and saw this post asking for help. My website uses the services of some designers and HTML developers who could help you. Contact me and I’ll get you in touch with them if you are interested.

  53. Rachael says:

    I get an email when you have a new blog post up, and I love to read it that way. I wouldn’t remember to come back and check periodically. I looked at the bottom and it says it’s powered by google, so I guess I’m using feedburner? Anyway, I like getting emails from you!

  54. Cindy {crazloucreations} says:

    I’m a new blogger and need to find another source for feed burner–I can’t afford to pay for my blog posts to go to my subscribers (Even though there are not many). If you have any luck finding a “thrifty” solution, please consider sharing it with me! Thank you!

    Cindy
    https://crazyloucreations.blogspot.com
    highkicks74(at)gmail(dot)com

  55. Anne says:

    I also use Google Reader and will be looking for a new reader. For me, a reader is an absolute MUST. I wouldn’t read blogs without one. Friends have had lots of luck with “squarespace”

  56. Cindy says:

    I am not techie at all, but I didn’t set up feed burner for my blog (super new mostly) but I am subscribed to it in feedly (great google reader alternative) and it comes through fine. Maybe it only affects email subscriptions?

  57. Sheena says:

    I so feel your pain. I am the same way with my blog. My husband who is the computer nerd is starting a blog himself and is asking me for help and I’m going I thought you knew about computers but he says blogs are different..lol. I read all my favorite blogs, including yours, in blog lovin’.

  58. Lynette says:

    I’m so tired of Google kicking out everything that works. They are ruining everything. And I don’t use a feed, but I’m sorry you’re having troubles! I am definitely not skilled in this area but wish you luck! Thanks for the virtual cupcake, it was tasty! :) (Now I’m going to my pantry to have a not so virtual treat!) :)

  59. Monica says:

    I use google reader which is also going away….so sad. My hubby just put Feedly on my phone to take Reader’s place. I am not sure if it would work for what you want to do, but it might be worth looking in to.

    Good luck!

  60. Alisha says:

    No advice from me, but I did just get notice from Google Reader that they will be going bye bye on July 1. Now I’m on the lookout for a new reader. Sometimes change is lame.

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