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I’m Moving My Blog’s Email Subscriptions To MailChimp

To improve the quality of my email subscription service, I’m now using MailChimp. Those of you who have already subscribed to my daily1 blog updates should not notice a difference, other than getting the emails more reliably. It seems that emails might not have been sent for over a week. If you didn’t get any, you could have missed:

MailChimp provides an awesome service. They demand that emails be sent out only after double opt-in2 by all recipients. I believe that describes everyone already on my list. If you think you received this email by error or don’t remember signing up, please accept my apologies and feel free to click the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the email.

Those of you reading this on my blog who want to subscribe, please use the handy dandy subscription button at the bottom of this post. Thanks!


  1. No more than once a day, and no email if there’s not a new post. 
  2. Sign up plus confirming email. 

Teal for Ovarian Cancer Awareness

Blogan has gone teal for National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Coincidentally, a pretty shade of pink1 works as an accent color.

Hug those who are special to you.


  1. Unfortunately, I think the pink was too bright and diluted the teal. It’s gone for now… 

Buh Bye, Feedburner — Hello URI.LV

I was using Feedburner to provide provide my email subscriptions. Rather than wait for Google to kill Feedburner,1 I have moved my email subscriptions to URI.LV. If all works as planned, those of you who subscribed to my blog will continue to get my new posts (including this one) without disruption. If not, I’ll have some debugging to do.

I also had been using Feedburner to serve my RSS feeds. Same dealio; now URI.LV is doing this.

The subscribe buttons at the top and left now connect to URI.LV’s email newsletter service. RSS feeds should be automatically go to the right place.

Fingers crossed. Looks like it worked. I’m so happy. :-)

1With Google killing Reader, Feedburner is next. Some would argue Feedburner has already received the fatal blow and we just don’t know it.

Coincidence?

This is the eighth anniversary of my first blog post and the world ends today. Coincidence? I think not.

Decorating for the Holidays

Ho! To celebrate the season,1 I’ve donned my Santa hat and activated the snow machine. *<:-)

I hope your holiday preparations are going well. I’m off to enjoy a mug of hot chocolate with a candy cane stirring stick. c[_]

1Happy christmahannukwanzaadon/festivus!
This is a yearly tradition. Thanks to the list I created last year, it’s easier to make all the necessary changes: here, Gravatar, Google profile, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Disqus, Intense Debate, Diaspora…

Back Up

Running on WordPress nightly builds, it’s amazing how few problems I get. This last week, my blog got bit, and hard.

In the process of bringing everything back, I learned a lot about WordPress’ database structure and ended up with a nice, clean options table.

It’s so nice to be back up!

Good backups are vital. :-)

Brent Logan <3 Suzi!

For Valentine’s Day, a temporary blog rename is appropriate. :-)

“Error Establishing a Database Connection” — WordPress Fix

“Error Establishing a Database Connection” — WordPress Fix. Following the instructions in this short video got my blog back up and running. I still don’t know why it went down, but I won’t argue with success, yet…

I Got Winered

A big thanks to Dave Winer for tweeting my last post. I got a spike in traffic, above the fold in the search results, and a warm feeling.* :-)

Don’t think of this as bragging. It’s “sharing experiences with family and close friends.”
Besides, the credit goes to Dave.
*Oh yeah, and my Klout score dropped. Ha! :-D

2011 Year in Review — My Favorite Posts

These are some of my favorites posts from 2011, sorted by month. Which were your favorite posts? Read more →

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