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In which my feed confounds me

So you probably noticed that last week there was this big huzzah over FeedBurner. What? You didn’t notice? Well it happened.  All of a sudden peoples feed numbers went down to zero and everybody including me panicked.

 

Then people started saying that Google wasn’t going to stick with FeedBurner and that we should switch from FeedBurner.  I was already not thrilled with them so I decided that yes indeed, I would switch from FeedBurner to FeedBlitz.

 

Are some of you saying “what the hell is a feed?” Well, if you get this blog via email or RSS feed or even read it on Networked Blogs or Greensboro101 you are getting a feed of the post.  In other words, you don’t have to go to All Fooked Up to read it; you can read it on your own computer at your own time.

 

Of course, this affects my numbers but since I don’t advertise it doesn’t matter that much.  As long as there is a number to watch I’m usually pretty happy.  As you know, I love numbers.

 

At any rate, considering that I used to be a computer programmer I figured that I could probably make the switch myself.  Also, FeedBlitz provides a huge step-by-step document to transfer the feed over from FeedBurner to FeedBlitz.  Simple right?

 

Well, not so fast.  One of the major problems of being me is that I have a particular lack of attention to detail.  I also have problems with instructions; I have a hard time following them.  I also have a tendency to read so quickly (otherwise known as skimming) that I end up doing step 4 before step 2 and normally I can fix it up but sometimes, things go to hell.

 

That’s basically what occurred here.  On Sunday I thought, hey I can do this myself.  It doesn’t look very difficult. Normally I have other people do things that involve attention to detail but with those instructions how could I possibly screw up right?

 

Well I did … screw up that is.  I think I somehow got everyone switched over but I never sent out an email first explaining what I was doing.  Instead, I shut down the old feed before even checking the new feed so it’s conceivable I lost a ton of subscribers.  Not only that but I somehow ended up having duplicate feeds because I noticed a step I had missed long after the transfer.

 

I then did that step and voila, I had multiples of everything.  So I deleted the multiples and I’m not entirely sure that I deleted the correct ones.  I explained to Kevin that I had screwed up my entire blog to which he replied, “So what else is new?” which I think indicates a complete and total lack of faith in me.  Either that or he knows me pretty well.

 

So, in the meantime, I know that I am getting the new feed but now that I’ve deleted the old feed I have no idea if the other people are.  I can’t even ask who isn’t getting the feed because guess what? They won’t get this post.

 

It will be the third time I’ve started from scratch with this whole subscriber thing and I still don’t know what I’m doing.

 

The funny thing is that I’m actually a pretty smart persona and if I’d just sit down and read through all the stuff or watch the tutorial (I hate tutorials) I know I could figure it out but I just can’t bring myself to do that.

 

So, if you’re getting a feed and you’re actually reading this than HURRAH (also, let me know because that would be a relief) and if you’re not getting this feed and you’re supposed to and you still managed to read this post let me know (just email me) and if none of this pertains to you and you’re all like “man, this woman is an ass” then you’re probably my type of individual so stick around.

 

Better yet, subscribe!  Well, or at least try to.  Who knows if it’ll work?

 

Just saying …

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25 Comments

  1. Vidya Sury
    September 26, 2012

    Present, Ma’am! :D It worked! :D. Feedblitz is a paid thingy, right?
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    • Lynn
      September 26, 2012

      yeah, not bad though and if it actually works i suppose it’ll be worth it.

  2. Julie
    September 26, 2012

    As a self proclaimed computer idiot, I have no idea what the hell you were talking about – however you were waiting for me whern I logged on this morning.

    • Lynn
      September 26, 2012

      Julie. I’ll alwaysbe waiting for you :))

  3. GK Adams
    September 26, 2012

    I got my email alert this morning. However, I’m one who likes numbers too, so after I receive your email, I will actually go to your site to read it so I can bump up your stats. How cool am I?
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    • Lynn
      September 26, 2012

      Hahaha…you don’t need to do that. I keep my feed numbers too :))

  4. Amanda Hollenbaugh
    September 26, 2012

    I’m still getting feed through Google Reader :D But no email alert? I guess because of what you described as far as counts and stuff goes. I hope you haven’t lost too many subscribers :(

    • Lynn
      September 26, 2012

      Oh good! You’re the first feed person on google I’ve heard from. Thanks! I think the email is all intact as well so yippee!!!

  5. Liz D
    September 26, 2012

    I don’t have any idea what you are writing about, but I follow you through blogger and you’re still in my reading list. :)

    • Lynn
      September 26, 2012

      OH! that’s good news…thanks for letting me know

  6. Sara
    September 26, 2012

    I subscribe via Google Reader and I got it no problem!

    • Lynn
      September 26, 2012

      yeah! thanks

  7. Trishk
    September 26, 2012

    Google Reader working also!!

    • Lynn
      September 26, 2012

      Sweet! I’m calling the whole thing a success

  8. Paula
    September 26, 2012

    I subscribe through email and received it this morning. I also go to your site to read. :)

    • Lynn
      September 26, 2012

      Double yeahhhhhh for you

  9. Sheila
    September 26, 2012

    Got it through my e-mail as usual, Lynn. Thumbs up!

    • Lynn
      September 26, 2012

      Thanks…so the email transfer definitely worked :))

  10. Kelly
    September 26, 2012

    Read via email (as I do every morning with coffee and dog waiting to go for a run at my feet….she runs I refuse. Thanks for yet another laugh. And sorry it took so long to comment, I know you’ve been hanging by a thread waiting to see if I did. Oh no, that’s the dog not you.

    • Lynn
      September 26, 2012

      Hahaha…I have been hanging by a thread

  11. Julie
    September 26, 2012

    You arrived in my Google reader!

  12. Helena
    September 27, 2012

    OYE! I have so much to learn!

    • Lynn
      September 28, 2012

      no worries…i thought mine was good but now it’s messed up. I suppose it’s all impossible

  13. Jester Queen
    September 28, 2012

    I get the feed, but when I click, I go to ‘loading hell’ and eventually either forget what I was doing (lack of attention to detail? Hello, there is a reason we are blogpals) or just type in your address myself. Which is why I figured something was up when I saw the feed notice, but I forgot to read it until today.

    And it may be fixed today. But I just came here manually when I saw my e-mail because I didn’t feel like outguessing the system.
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    • Lynn
      September 28, 2012

      I think it’s fixed now

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