***Please note that after switching from several different hosts before settling on Blogger, the formatting of my pictures may not be as it was originally intended. I simply don't have the time to go back through years of posts in order to fix the orientation of the pictures. Sometimes a picture just shows a box of text in its place, but clicking on it will allow you to see the picture. Others, there may be no picture at all. I apologize.***

December 30, 2008

Please Read....


All I can say is that I have spent HOURS and HOURS trying to fix my blog, it's feed, and all kinds of things that might be causing the problems for Feedblitz and FeedBurner and I just can't deal with it anymore.  Not to mention that I've wasted precious hours of time!!!  I'm a little OCD like that though - in the fact that when something doesn't work, I HAVE to fix it.

If you want to see what I'm recommending so that you can still be updated on new posts on my blog rather than having to click on my blog each day to see if I've posted, keep reading....

I don't know what to do about the problem, and I must say that Feedblitz has tried to help and the folks at FeedBurner stink, to put it nicely.   :(  So - I know I'm going to lose hundreds of subscribers by doing this, but I'm removing my feed from those services.  I don't know if you can somehow add it yourself and still use one of those services to see my blog's updated posts.  If you can't I'm very sorry.  I'd rather lose readers than have weeks go by where you don't think I've posted but I've been posting my little heart out. 

So....if you don't use it already, I know for a FACT that Google Reader works GREAT and I HIGHLY recommend it.  I recommend it for getting updates to ALL of your favorite blogs.  You just add a subscription by pasting a blog's address in a little box and that's it!  You don't subscribe and give anyone your e-mail or anything.  It's the ONLY way I subscribe to blogs. 

If people are worried that they won't know you subscribe to their blogs, at least FeedBurner shows you how everyone subscribes to your blog - even if it's not with them, and I know there are other diagnostic tools out there too.  To be honest, I LOVE that I have subscribers, but I don't really need to know who they are and where they come from.  I'd much prefer your comments to some silly form of tracking each of you.  So, if you use Google Reader for my blog, that's fine with me!!! 

To get to it, simply sign up for a free Google account HERE if you don't already have one.  If you do, click HEREto go to the Google Reader section of Google to begin using GR.  It's VERY user-friendly, I promise!!  They even have this neat feature that I use called "Next" where you add "Next" to your favorites (a link in your own internet browser sidebar) and you simply click there as you do all of your other internet favorites and it will show you the most recently updated blog.  So, I usually hit that link a good 100 times a day to see everyone's updates, but it's easy and I don't even have to remember what blogs I subscribe to or anything.  Simply go to "Settings" on the top right of your screen when you're in GR and then click on "Goodies" and you'll see directions for this "Next" feature.  I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!!!  You can also view updates directly through the Google Reader website, of course, without using the "Next" feature.

Thanks for reading this far.  I'm hoping every one has since that means you'll more than likely stay with me and continue to read my blog.  I really do appreciate each and every one of you.  I was not "blessed" with a husband or any family that understand my need to craft and with my husband gone all the time anyway you all are a second family to me.  I guess not everyone has the "loves to craft and appreciates others who do and what goes into crafting" gene.  Some might call it more of an illness than a gene, but I sure love it!!! ;)  LOL  Thanks so much for being there!!!    

ETA:  While the feeds weren't fetched in the time-frames that they were supposed to, BOTH Feedblitz and FeedBurner did finally "see" my feed again.  I got e-mails from both of them while asleep last night.  Rather ironic.  What I am doing is removing the subscription links in my sidebar and I will let my subs with them be.  If they work, great, but if you want a more reliable method that ALWAYS works and has NEVER missed a feed, use Google Reader.




  1. Oh, you poor thing. Your genes are fine. I love Google Reader, I love your blog and I can see your full post on the darling ornament/altered domino. Blog on!

  2. I'm a Google Reader user myself and got your posts but couldn't click through to them.
    Anyway, love the little domino ornament!!!!! I keep saying I'm going to make ornaments and think I'm going to give it a try for next Christmas :-) if I start now, I can be done by December 2009 ;-)
    Hang in there with the problems with your feed. I wish I could help.


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