Thursday, January 10, 2008

Help subscribing

Five reasons to subscribe to The Wa Blog:
  1. It's not $4.00+ a gallon, it's free.
  2. If you don't subscribe, you will totally miss my upcoming post about that thing with the stuff you like.
  3. Everybody's doing it. And then they're going and subscribing to The Wa Blog.
  4. If you are just randomly checking the blog occasionally, the day you don't check is the day I post about you and your ilk.
  5. Remember when you were young, you used to always say "I'll try anything once"? You don't say that much any more. Try this.
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Below is for people who are brand new to reading blogs or subscribing to them. If you are going to read blogs, and I personally think it is a great way to waste valuable time you will never get back, you can get the blog to come to you.

On my home page you will notice the little button which looks like this:

Clicking on it will open a page of choices for you. These are called RSS Readers. You don't need anything special to activate one. Just pick one from a site with which you are familiar. Because I use Google to search a lot, I chose the Google Reader. But most of the others work the same way. You can pick Yahoo or AOL or whatever.

Let's say you click the little Google icon. It takes you to a new page where it asks you if you want my new blog posts to appear on your Google home page or in Google Reader. I don't use a Google home page or Yahoo home page. If you already do, you can pick that, and add my blog so that the headlines from my new posts appear on your home page just like a news headline. Easy.

If you choose to use a Reader, a Reader is just a special Web page where you can start collecting blogs in one place. So once you have clicked on the "Subscribe" button up above, and clicked on your choice of Reader, you create a free account. Write your login and pw somewhere. You will then be taken to the new Reader page. Add the Reader page to your Favorites or Bookmarks. Although my blog will come to you, using a Reader page means you still have to go and open the page to check for updates.

If this is too confusing, you can also subscribe to The Wa Blog by email. On my home page you will see this box to do that.

Signing up this way will send you my blog entries in an email format rather than you reading them on a Web page.

Once you enter your email address in the box, and click "Subscribe," Feedburner will pop up with a message asking you to type in a few letters in order to fight spam. You do that, then click to complete the sign-up. A confirmation message will be sent to your email. The email will contain a link which you must click to activate your email subscription to The Wa Blog. Also, if the time ever comes when you want to stop receiving the emails, it is easy to unsubscribe. A link to do that is always at the bottom of each email.

Any other questions about this stuff? Contact me. And thanks for your interest.