Upcoming Changes to the MRW Web Design Blog Feed [status]

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The flame has burned out…

If you subscribe to this RSS feed or email feed, please read this post.

Much to my—and many others’—dismay, Feedburner, the service I used to track RSS and email subscribers has been closed by Google. On October 20, 2012, this feed will no longer work.

I appreciate that you have found my blog worthy of following, and if you still find it valuable, please follow the simple instructions below to continue receiving updates from the blog.

If you subscribe by email…

You’re lucky. I want to make this as painless as possible, so I will resubscribe you to the feed sometime in the next few days. If you receive a confirmation link via email (I’m not 100% sure whether you will yet) please accept it and you’re ready to go.

If you subscribe with an RSS reader…

Please subscribe to this feed: mrwweb.com/feed. Simply copy that address and paste it into your feed reader. Once you’ve done that, you can unsubscribe from the old feed: feeds.feedburner.com/mrwweb.

(If you attempt to visit mrwweb.com/feed in a browser and are redirected to feeds.feedburner.com/mrwweb, please do not subscribe to that feed. It’s the old one that soon won’t be working. Try again in a day or two and I think it should work.)

If you use Google Reader—as I’m sure many of you do—it’s as easy as clicking the big red “Subscribe” button and entering that URL:

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It’s that easy!

PSA: Other Subscriptions

Many websites are in a similar position to mine and will be moving in the next month. Watch you inboxes and feed readers for announcements, and do yourself and those blog authors a favor by resubscribing!

Lessons Learned?

For years, Feedburner was the way to track RSS subscriptions. When I chose to start using it, it made sense. Like choosing a WordPress plugin (or even a Content Management System itself), there’s always a risk to either picking wrong or getting burned later (hardy har har) even if you picked “right” at the time. In this case, it feels like I picked right at the time, ((I suspect that I will have to resubscribe to some of my favorite websites in the coming days too, due to the popularity of Feedburner.)) but it’s always a good reminder that when using a free service, it’s important to consider how long you think it’ll be around.

Again, sorry for the hassle, and I appreciate you sticking with me. We’ll resume our scheduled programming next Monday with a post about search engine optimization (SEO) that I’m really excited about.

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