For as long as I have been blogging, I have used Bloglet to automatically send updates to your email inboxes. I just checked my account with Bloglet and there are 358 subscribers to this blog, Tiffinbox.
Three-hundred-and-fifty-eight! GAWD! Really? WRONG! Well, a closer inspection revealed that many [hopefully not most] subscribers are those with fake or false email addresses. “firstname.lastname@example.org,” “email@example.com” and “firstname.lastname@example.org” are some examples. Either spambots have found a way to enter their email addresses and take over the Bloglet system or there is one very bored hacker who has nothing better to do.
With Six Apart’s authentication service TypeKey, I have kept most comment and trackback spammers at bay and have required those of you who want to leave comments to register with the service. I understand that this has discouraged many of you and I regret that you find it a PITA [pain in the arse] to leave your thoughts on this site. But life is short and I didn’t want to spend any more time batting away those nefarious emails that we all receive from time to time.
So, with TypeKey in place Bloglet’s unreliable and perhaps buggy service is getting the boot. I am bouncing it out of here. In its place I will be using FEEDblitz. Look for the FEEDblitz form in the same place you found the Bloglet form. Subscribe to this blog [yes, still free] and continue to receive all the posts in your email inbox. For those of you who used Bloglet, I have transferred over legitimate email addresses to the new service. The rest didn’t make it. It’s still a whopping 315 subscribers so Thank You!
And this is as good a time to let you know about Feedburner, my choice of service to publicize and optimize RSS feeds. If you don’t know what RSS stands for [in the non-desi sense], fear not. If you are set on receiving all my posts here in your email inbox and your are happy, let’s leave it at that.
If some of you have ventured into the world of aggregators like Bloglines, FeedDemon or NetNewsWire, then you can receive my posts as an automatic feed; posts that magically appear in your choice of aggregator along with other weblogs that you read. You don’t have, though I wouldn’t recommend it, visit this site directly. If for instance, I post images on this site, you are unlikely to see them in an aggregator.
If you do use an aggregator set up, I urge you to use the following FeedBurner feed – http://feeds.feedburner.com/Tiffinbox – to receive it without any interruptions. There are many advantages for doing this; everything looks consistent and clean and is an easier, enjoyable read. I welcome you to give it a whirl.
And, here is list of alternative RSS readers.
As always, please send me feedback at tiffinbox [at] pipalproductions [dot] com.