Leaving Feedburner – How I did It
So the toddlers…they’re asleep.
And the teens…are back at their first day of school.
The Feedburner Saga Ends
I left Feedburner! Yay!
I gotta tell you, whenever I’m in my feedburner account or in a client’s feedburner account because I’m moving her blog, I’m always nervous around that Delete Feed link.
I’ve never used it and the idea of using it kinda freaked me out.
So I’m always sure to stay far far away.
But it was TIME to use it.
And I did my research and really, most of it was about using Feedburner’s MyBrand, which really isn’t leaving feedburner, or about moving to FeedBlitz, which I really need to unsubscribe from them because their emails have become way too much.
Seriously, I’m beginning to wonder if they started this whole “Feedburner comes to an end on Oct 12th” rumor just so they can grab new customers.
They are wicked tenacious. <- Me being nice.
They’re like a dog with a bone. <- Yep that’s me being me alright.
You can’t say I’m not transparent.
But this time when I signed it to Feedburner, I went straight to Delete Feed.
I did not know Feedburner will redirect your feed back to the Original Feed for two weeks.
I also did not know Feedburner will then give you a hand for another two weeks by telling your subscribers that your feed has moved.
After that, you’re on your own buddy.
Now in my excitement to delete my feed, I was still smart enough to head over to Publicize > Email Subscriptions and download my list of subscribers as a CVS so I could email them and let ‘em know if they’re interested, they can resubscribe in my sidebar.
Too bad I didn’t think to check to make sure the file wasn’t corrupted.
Sidenote: I did repeat these steps for VanitaCyril.com and found my download was fine. So don’t worry, just check the file you download before deleting the feed.
So I deleted the feed.
Then checked my existing link on the blog and found that they redirected. WooHoo!
I changed all my links to the original feed address.
Next I had to create the rss via email option.
Mailchimp is super easy and I find it reliable. This post offers easy to follow instructions on setting up your feed for RSS via Email. There’s lots of templates to choose from but I decided to create my own and what I love most about that was, I was able to add my awesome blogs list.
So if anyone signs up for my feed via email, they’ll find links to awesomeness included.
I still need to design a signup form for the sidebar. There’s a widget for it, but I designed this theme to have pink buttons and it’s not playing nice with mailchimp’s buttons. I’m going to try out Google’s Form Creator. In the meantime, if you’d like to sign up for my rss feed, you can do so here for your feed reader and here for rss via email.
I’m planning on another post for you guys who may want to do the Mailchimp/Google Docs Signup Form. Designing the forms are super easy but can seem overwhelming, so stay tuned!
Here’s a screenshot of the confirmation email you receive when you sign up. Isn’t it cute?