Beau March 2nd, 2008
One of the neat things about sharing thoughts and pictures with a blog is the ability to reach so many people. The internet still amazes me, and through writing on a blog we can appeal to a diverse array of people from all walks of life and all over the world. Sometimes we find a blog accidentally while searching for something else. But most people who visit a blog or website do so quietly, preferring the anonymity of the web. In blog jargon, people who visit a site but don’t comment much are called “lurkers.” I read somewhere that more than 80% of a sites visitors usually just browse the site without commenting.
I must admit that I’m a lurker on most of the sites I visit! Usually I just don’t think I have much to share or contribute. When I do make a comment however, I find that the host really appreciates it. Sometimes I’ll “subscribe to a feed” or RSS link in my newsreader, and receive updates on daily posts.
But for other sites I’ll sign up directly for an email subscription so that whenever a blog post is made, I’ll get that email on the same day even if I have not visited the site in a while. I find it easier because I don’t always remember to visit different sites, and frankly I just don’t have the time.
One of the companies that has simplified blog feeds and email subscriptions is FeedBurner. The company grew so quickly and was so effective that Google bought them last year! But FeedBurner is not perfect as I found out yesterday. I’ve had a “Subscribe vie Email” page and link on the site for some time, and when I went to help someone sign up yesterday I found it wasn’t working. Arrggh! It seems that if FeedBurner makes some tweaks to their system without notifying users it results in a broken sign-up process.
So that link is now fixed… if you’ve tried to sign up in the past and didn’t succeed, I offer my apologies. And if you haven’t tried to sign up in the past, well then I hope you’ll consider it now! :)
I certainly understand if you enjoy reading quietly from afar. But if you ever think about commenting on a post or topic, please feel welcome to do so. Soon it will be time for the garden, and I hope some of you can share your growing insights!
After fixing the links on this site, it’s time to head outside. It’s supposed to warm up to 73 degrees today before turning colder again this week. But the cold won’t last for long! I hear the birds singing… Best regards-