Administrative stuff

With less than forty-eight hours remaining until we embark upon our next adventure, I thought I’d catch up on a couple administrative items for this blog.

E-mail subscriptions

I know a number of readers still use the daily e-mail feed from Feedburner. It’s not going anywhere, so quite unlike Obamacare, if you like your feed, you can keep your feed. The daily feed usually releases during the 10 am hour, Arizona time.

That said, if you’d like something more real-time, I’ve posted a new link to Blogtrottr that you can use to get updates by e-mail almost immediately when I post something new. You can find the link at the top of the left column if you’re reading on a wide-enough screen, like a notebook or a tablet. If you’re on a narrow browser like a phone, you’ll have to click the square button that looks like three horizontal bars at the top-right corner of the screen to see the link .

I had to tweak some things in the blog software to make the real-time piece work, but my initial tests have been promising. Keep in mind the real-time nature of the feed can be a double-edged sword. Sometimes what I publish in a fit of spontaneity bears little resemblance to what appears fifteen minutes later when I reflect more carefully about what I just wrote. However, if you’re one of those folks who just can’t wait twenty-four hours for the next daily digest, Blogtrottr may be for you.

Another thing to consider, if it matters to you, is that I can’t see who subscribes to a feed via Blogtrottr. For what it’s worth.

Comments

I’ve gotten a few questions about how to post comments. They mostly come from folks who’ve been reading the blog via e-mail. To comment on a blog post, you’ll need to visit the blog post in a browser by clicking on the link in your e-mail. It’s not hard. Scroll down to the comment form, share your thoughts, and click the “Post Comment” button when you’re done. You can also reply to an existing comment by clicking the “Reply” link under the comment.

I used to make people create an account to post a comment, but I gave up on that since the comment spam software is doing a decent job. If you’ve never posted before, your comment will be held for approval, but unless I’m on a flight or sound asleep, I usually approve comments quickly. If you have posted before and you use the same name and e-mail address, the comment should be automatically approved.

As for the content of comments, I don’t have a particularly thin skin. It’s my blog and I can delete whatever I want, but I don’t typically reject comments unless they’re patently offensive or obvious spam. I’ve been known to be a bit snarky myself, so if you can straddle the line between snide and insulting without crossing it, go for it. The worst thing that can happen is I delete the comment and remove you from my Christmas card list.

One last thing about comments: For the name field, please use just your first name or a nickname. When I see a last name, I usually remove it, even though I may keep the rest of the comment. If I see the name of an organization, I may consider the comment spam.

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