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Wednesday, May 19, 2021


Happy Wednesday, My Lovelies!  

Before I get into the meat of the purpose for this post, I want to give you a brief update on our tornado clean-up.  Over the weekend, the tree surgeons came back and ground all the stumps of the trees we lost.  Our landscape designer will be here Monday afternoon to design our new front and side yards.  We felt it prudent to hire the job out so we don't make any design mistakes.  The back needs just a little help, too, but most of the damage was in front.  Then we can have the design implemented and planted once Jenny is finished with her design.  We went out of town for a long weekend, and when we returned late Sunday, I was happy to notice all the progress made in the neighborhood while we were away.  Yay for progress!  Once the outside is complete, we'll begin fixing and painting the very slight interior damage.  I have truly appreciated all your kind emails and prayers.

Now on to the business at hand....

The Feedburner widget will no longer support email subscriptions beginning in July.  Currently, the FeedBurner email subscription service allows readers to get emailed alerts when a feed updates (when a new blog post goes live). Feed owners will be able to download their email subscriber lists (and will be able to do so after July, too). With that, Blogger’s FollowByEmail widget will also be deprecated.

What to do???

If you're a blogger:

I am not a techie like my Fairy Blog Mother and Admin to my blog, the Beautiful Linda.  She wrote a comprehensive blog post (thanks, Linda!) about Feedburner you can read HERE.  Her post also gives a step-by-step tutorial for exporting your email list from Feedburner and selecting an email marketing company.  (Linda recommends Mad Mimi and MailChimp.)  If you're a blogger, I highly recommend you read Linda's post.

Linda has helped me so many times over the years with blog design and coding help. 
I can't recommend her enough!

I already have a newsletter powered by TinyLetter.  TinyLetter is owned by MailChimp, and it's for smaller blogs.  From their site:

TinyLetter is a personal newsletter service brought to you by the people behind Mailchimp. People use it to send updates, digests, and dispatches to their fans and friends.

Though they're built on the same infrastructure, TinyLetter is for people who don't need all the business features that come along with Mailchimp. Simplicity is at the heart of everything we do at TinyLetter.

TinyLetter is a completely free service.

In the past, I sent TinyLetters out monthly (sort of) with updates on my blog, interesting features I've found around the web, and exclusive content not posted on my blog.  It's the perfect vehicle for my small, non-monetized blog.  I'm here for friendships, not to earn a living.  

What to do???

If you're a reader:

You can follow me on Bloglovin':  I have a widget in my sidebar where you can sign-up.  I have a small but very engaged following over there, however the app is no longer available in the App Store.  I know that Bloglovin' was bought by another company, and I'm waiting to see what happens.

At this point in time, probably the best way to follow my blog is by subscribing to my TinyLetter.   For the foreseeable future I will send out at least two TinyLetters monthly with links to my most recent blog posts.  That way, my readers can link directly to posts that interest them.  One neat feature about TinyLetter is that you can post your letters directly to Twitter.  I have a brand new Twitter account for that purpose, so you could get blog updates via Twitter.  Click on the bluebird social media icon on the sidebar to follow me.  

I want to thank all of you for reading my blog, and I hope you will continue to do so in spite of the deprecation of Feedburner.  If you have any better suggestions on how I can best serve you as far as alerting you to new posts, please share!

UPDATE:  I am revamping my blog list on my sidebar.  That way I can keep-up with new posts from my favorite bloggers.  I need to work on it because some blogs seem to be inactive, and others I read regularly might not be on there.  

Until next time...

Ricki Jill


  1. Thanks Ricki for the shout out. It is sad about Feedburner. I have moved about 6 bloggers to MailChimp. It is free and you can have up to 2,000 subscribers plus 10,000 emails a month. I have customized each one to match their blog. Happy Wednesday. Hugs

    1. Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us. Rita's blog looks fantastic! I'll look at the others this week.

  2. I think I am subscribed to Tiny Letter but I also did bloglovin. You'll need to do the same with me. I'll be switching to Mail Chimp soon. I need to do a post on this! (Isn't Linda awesome?)

  3. Don't you hate it when things change in the techy world! So glad Linda is so talented and helpful! I have thought of you and your neighborhood so often since the tornado, and so happy you are making progress with the clean up. Hiring a landscape designer is so smart and hopefully your new landscape will help heal the heartbreak...

  4. I'm really not certain how I was subscribed to your blog, RJ, but I signed up for tinyletter so I'll at least see the recap. I visit often anyway. ;) I am so happy with my conversion and Linda's help.
    Very glad you're seeing the progress of the neighborhood, esp your own landscape. What a relief.

  5. Linda is very knowledgeable and always so helpful. It's hard to find good tech people, especially on Blogger, she's a gem!


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