Saturday, August 28, 2010

GIDDY: Adventures in Blog Subscriptions

Welcome to the first GIDDY post. What is GIDDY? It's General Information Delivery, Delivered for You. As always, it's delivered via the most efficient means.
3 Wheel Delivery Truck

Long-time followers, by which I mean those who have been reading for two weeks now, may have noticed the right bar of this blog evolve a bit. Allow me to explain, because these widgets are quite confusing.

Google Friend Connect

Friend Connect comes as a default widget on Blogger blogs. It shouldn't be much of a surprise, because Blogger is a property of Google. More surprising is how little friend connect actually does. I assumed anyone who followed would be emailed an update when I posted. Unfortunately, that isn't the case. If you use Google Reader, the blogs you follow are added to your reader account automatically.

Bonus 1 I get to show the world how many followers I have.
Bonus 2 You get your avatar on my blog's front page.

RSS Feeds

Really Simple Syndication feeds were added by request. These allow people to easily subscribe to multiple websites and are best viewed in an RSS reader like Google Reader or Mozilla Thunderbird/Microsoft Outlook.

NEW: Subscribe by Email

Rejoice! I now have implemented the most-requested feature to date: automatic email updates! It's a 5 step process.

  1. Enter email address
  2. Click 'subscribe'
  3. Enter the CAPTCHA
  4. Submit the form
  5. Click the link in the verification email you've received

Coming Soon

Tales of a camping weekend...

1 comment:

  1. That's the simplest 5 step process I've ever seen.

    You went camping?! I'm so excited to hear about it.