An Engraved Invitation to Follow.it and Follow Me

Jun 30, 2021 | No-Niche Posts, Technical & How-To

Follow Me!

Google Feedburner is finally going into “maintenance mode,” after nearly 8 years of rumored obsolescence, abandonment, or other funky defunctiveness when Goggle terminated their popular Google Reader in 2013.

Marina, at Follow.it*, was kind enough to alert me to the fact that this was, finally, really and truly, happening on July 1, 2021. I think maybe she assumed I had more than 64 subscribers over the past 8 years, but she kindly offered to help me migrate them. She didn’t need to – it was pretty easy to do it myself. If you have fewer than 100, you can – if you have more, you’ll have to get Support to help you. They’re very helpful!

Some of you may be very, very surprised to get fresh emails from me in your inbox! If your first thought is, “Who is this? I never signed up for this!” you did, in fact – but you probably didn’t notice you weren’t getting emails from me for a while when I started a new blog. Or, two new blogs. I hope the emails will be welcome, but if they’re not, it’s just as easy to unsubscribe as it was to subscribe in the first place, all those many long years ago… and I will be over here crying, but I wish you well. Read on to find out how, if you haven’t figured it out already.

For those of you who are new to this blog or just curious about the free features Follow.it has for readers (they’re all free for you readers, and mostly free for bloggers*), I invite you to click the big green Follow this blog button, below:

You will be taken to the Filters and Output channels page:

Choose your Output channels: Newspaper (a daily digest of posts from the feed); Single emails (oh, you eager thing – you want to see each post the minute I hit Publish?); News page (Follow.it feed reader dashboard); RSS (you have your own feed reader); Telegram (how cutting edge of you!).

You can play with Filters: keywords, tags, authors, and popularity, though it is unlikely they’ll match content on the blog and you may get no results at all. You can see the options I’ve chosen for my own subscription, above. Of course I subscribe to my own blog – that way, I know if something goes wrong!

You may, instead, be taken directly to the subscribe page where the only option is Follow or Unfollow. If you see the Manage button shown below, you are already subscribed; click the Manage button to go to the Filters and Output channels page.

Enjoy this little playlist, especially from me to you:

Follow.it for Bloggers

Follow.it is a great alternative to Google’s Feedburner.* Most of the features are free – forever. It’s not a trial. You can see all three pricing levels – the paid levels are based on the number of subscribers you have, and there is a simulator to help you calculate the costs. You can change plans or revert to free easily, at any time. One good reason to upgrade is to get discovered like a Hollywood celebrity – consider one of the paid plans to have your feed(s) included in the Follow.it Directory.

Click here to sign up as a Publisher on Follow.it.*


* Affiliate link: If you do end up upgrading to a paid plan, I’ll receive a small commission.

 

 

Holly Jahangiri is the author of Trockle, illustrated by Jordan Vinyard; A Puppy, Not a Guppy, illustrated by Ryan Shaw; and the newest release: A New Leaf for Lyle, illustrated by Carrie Salazar. She draws inspiration from her family, from her own childhood adventures (some of which only happened in her overactive imagination), and from readers both young and young-at-heart. She lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband, J.J., whose love and encouragement make writing books twice the fun.

12 Comments

  1. Vinitha

    I never knew about follow.it. Google keeps retiring things, right? I remember using some features like reader among other things in the pst which disappeared later.
    Vinitha recently posted…Fiction Monday – 52My Profile

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    • Holly Jahangiri

      We all thought Google would retire Feedburner back in 2013, when it retired and got rid of Reader altogether. But Feedburner isn’t really going away – yet. It’s just going end-of-life sloooooowly. They’ve finally made it official, that it won’t be updated or supported. So why bother? It’s not exactly a RUSH to get rid of the feeds, but the handwriting is on the wall, and finally it’s in Google’s own handwriting. It’s like my 10 year old PC: As long as it works, great. But when it breaks, it’s so old I may not even be able to find parts and they may cost me more than buying a newer, faster PC. I don’t have to buy the newest, fastest, flashiest thing out there, but it’s nice to know it’s not obsolete – that no one is cheering its imminent demise.

      Oh, speaking of which, have you heard that Microsoft 11 is coming?

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  2. Mitch Mitchell

    I hate to admit this, but when you first mentioned it days ago I was pretty much going to ignore it. Today I decided to go look at my Feedburner account, because truthfully I had no idea if anyone was still subscribed to anything I was putting out. I was initially confused until I realized you’re only talking about email subscribers, not feed subscribers, since it gives both. It says I still have 88 email subscribers to IJS, 64 to my business blog. As I look at it I now realize why I get so much spam on m blog. lol Now it’s something I guess I should look into since I do recognize a few people on the list who are still subscribing by email. Thanks!
    Mitch Mitchell recently posted…Buy Me A Coffee/PizzaMy Profile

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    • Holly Jahangiri

      Do you need me to light a fire somewhere? I’m going to. I thought you had this all straightened out, but looking at your Twitter message just now, I see it’s not.

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      • Mitch Mitchell

        Since I’m not creating any new content for a while, I’m not in any rush for it. We’d established a pattern so I assumed it would continue in the same way; I was wrong.
        Mitch Mitchell recently posted…It Takes Guts To Have An OpinionMy Profile

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        • Holly Jahangiri

          Well, I asked the people I’ve been talking to to follow up with you, too. (I was asking questions about how keyword filtering works. I accidentally sent THEIR support one of my scathing emails intended for Facebook, and fortunately they had a good sense of humor about it and accepted my apologies. I think they were highly amused, if truth be told. But I did tell them we’re friends – after I sent my groveling apologies for that email! – and asked them to please make sure all was right with your world. I’m guessing there’s no support on weekends – I don’t know that, but I’d give them, once again, till Monday.)

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      • Mitch Mitchell

        It is, but I was forced to go to a voice teacher I knew to learn how to get the beginning correct since the singing starts before the music. I had the record but it was in a different key than the sheet music; weasels! lol
        Mitch Mitchell recently posted…55 Tips And Ideas About BloggingMy Profile

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        • Holly Jahangiri

          There are SO many covers of it, too. You could’ve made it your own.

          When I sang on board the S.S. United States, at age 5, I needed a pianist accompanist who could transpose music in their head, because the only sheet music to the only song I wanted to sing was written in the wrong key. My aunt was that pianist.

          And you know better than to practice with records! LOL I chose “Domine Deus, Agnus Dei” for my final exam in group voice, years ago. I must’ve practiced with the recording about 60 times the two nights before the exam, because it took me till then to work up the nerve to choose that for the final (and we HAD the sheet music because the university chorale had sung Vivaldi’s “Gloria” that year). That may have been one of the ballsy-est things I ever did, not counting that thing with Beverly Sills. 😉 Okay, maybe singing the soprano duet, afterwards – “Laudamus Te” – with another alto – that might’ve been it. We were kind of high on ourselves after nailing the exam, and our vocal cords were all warmed up.

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