Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Cousins can be challenging . . .

. . . or why I have a new gadget on my blog interface.

Recently, I wrote about the joy that my cousins bring to my life.  Today I would like to briefly mention how cousins can also challenge you to improve.

When my cousins heard about this blog, they wanted each posting to have an email alert.  I argued that regularly posting every day should be enough. Besides, I thought to myself, I have no idea how to do that.  It sounded difficult.

But because they are my cousins I was willing to work hard to please them. First, I did research, which led me to try to read very techie information about feedburnerrss, and user interfaces, most of which was not helpful.

The next idea I had was to create a practice blog, where I could change how things look and preview the differences without altering my actual blog.  That was easy to do.

Finally, I decided to try to "add a gadget".  Lo and behold, one of the available gadgets on blogspot is "follow by email".  I clicked on it, and put it on my blog template.

So now there it is, at the top on the right hand side.  If you want to, you can type in your email address and follow this blog that way.  I am hoping that if you put your email address there and click submit, you will get an email for each post and inside the email will be a link.  Let me know if that is what happens.

A final thank you to my cousins.  I hope after all this that they will be the first to follow me on email!

1 comment:

  1. I'd like to add that if you have an RSS feed (like Feedly, Feedler, or whatever alternative you've chosen now that Google Reader is gone), you can use that to follow this blog. Even though it doesn't seem to have an RSS icon (at least in Google Chrome), most feeds allow you to simply type in the web address of the site you want to follow and it'll keep you updated the same way.