My feelings about the way my blog works are much like my feelings about my car. I just want to climb behind the wheel, turn the ignition, and roar off down the road. I don’t want to know about what is going on under the hood, what an axle does and why it’s important, and LOOK, THE FAN BELT TURNS A REAL FAN.
That being said, this week I noticed that my stats were down. Way down. I’m no longer a stats junkie (first two years of blogging I was a pitiful stats junkie) but I will admit that every couple of days, I get curious. But I chalked it up to all the talk of poop and vomit. Sometimes my own gross-out threshold can only take so much.
But then a sweet reader left a comment telling me that Google Reader had stopped carrying my feed about a week or so ago. I use Google Reader now and interestingly, I never checked my own feed. Huh. Maybe Google Reader had enough of my bathroom talk, too. But I dusted off my old Bloglines account and there before me was a large red exclamation point by my blog name. And upon further inspection, I noticed that Technorati no longer cared if I was writing or not.
I knew enough about blogging that I had food feed issues. I was able to validate my feed (check it to see if it’s working) but still there were no updates. Fiddledaddy knows very little about feeds and he is busy this week working so that he can keep me in the manner to which I have become accustomed.
So, mostly I was on my own. I checked on some troubleshooting forums, and all had various fixes. Which were evidently written in a foreign language because I had NO IDEA what they were talking about.
One thing that I discovered (and understood) was that a number of bloggers have been having feed trouble due to the type of format they use to compose their blog posts. For example, if you use Word, you may have trouble because Word can add imbedded symbols into your post after you cut and paste it into your blog.
The recommended format is a straight text edit program. I’ve been using AppleWorks for years because I love it, I understand it, and it does what I want it to do. However, I’m going to try Text Edit because I AM NOT AFRAID OF CHANGE. I’m using it right now, and I’m pleasantly surprised that it recognizes BLOG and all forms of BLOGGING, BLOGGER, etc. as real words.
Have your eyes glazed over yet?
Anyhoo. I’ve learned today that my Google Reader is updating my blog. I honestly don’t know how I did it. I did add a feed plugin, and I synced with my Feedburner account. Plus I did a good deal of hand wringing and cursing in my head.
A few readers have asked about subscribing, and I have a little box in my right sidebar, powered by FeedBurner. All you have to do is add your e-mail and I’ll show up in your e-mail box if I add a blog post.
Bloglines still isn’t updating, but that’s fine because Bloglines is now officially dead to me.
And now for a blog poll. Because I want to show my father that his money was NOT wasted on my college education and all of those communication courses I insisted on taking. I will put my findings into a color coded spread sheet and then use it as a placemat on which to eat massive amounts of Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies. Not unlike college.
UPDATED TO ADD: I should have put BOOKMARKS as an option also! Maybe this is why I switched from Communications Major to um, whatever degree it was that I graduated with.