I’m not a particular fan of blogging about blogging. It feels a little bit wrong somehow. Like a self-referential journalist reporting about their acts of news-gathering, rather than reporting the news itself. In the technical sphere, we might call this recursive. So it’s my hope that today’s post is none of that.
Actually this is a response to a reader request. Someone from the DC area asked if I could make the snnyc blog available via e-mail, and qualified the request by saying that RSS is not an option. Maybe they’re using Google Reader, which will cease to exist after July 1st, 2013. Adding e-mail alerts to the blog is something that I’ve wanted to do for awhile. I’d been asked about it more than once when the blog first went live two years ago. At the time, I wrote a post about using RSS instead. That was then. This is now.
If you’re familiar with WordPress from a technical perspective, then you’re well aware of the staggering number of plugins available to achieve just about every function imaginable. It took me all of thirty seconds on Google to find an e-mail subscription plugin that looked promising. It took me another minute to download and install it.
Subscribe2, by Matthew Robinson, is humbly billed as The best WordPress email subscription plugin. At the time of this writing, 970,380 people have downloaded it. Subscribe2 has received more 5 star ratings than not. Once downloaded, I spent a few minutes tweaking it to provide only the functionality that I desired. While Subscribe2 is free, I felt it appropriate to send a few dollars to the author via a PayPal donation link.
Now we’re all set. If you wish to be notified when new posts are added to the snnyc blog, simply add your e-mail address in the subscribe window over at the upper right, and hit the button. You’ll receive a confirmation e-mail. Following that, you’ll receive a simple message containing a link when each new article is posted. Should you later wish to unsubscribe, the process is just as easy.
As always, thanks for reading. While I’ve yet to put in the time that I’d like to here, the blog has received no less than 50 visits per day this month. On one recent day, 139 of you stopped by. While two posts on Apple iOS and Microsoft Exchange have pulled in a few thousand visits in total, there’s still consistent interest in older topics. Yesterday 11 people read a post on the AT&T 3G MicroCell from nearly two years ago. Seeing that makes my little endeavor oh so worth it. So here’s to you. And to the occasional post. Which you can now be alerted to via e-mail. Cheers.