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  1. Hello,

    I currently have a 'Follow Blog' widget enabled on my blog. I want to change this for a mailing list, which I've set up with MailChimp, and added as a 'text' widget to my side menu.

    I would like to now remove the 'Follow Blog' widget, but I'm concerned that this will mean I will lose those few followers if I do that.

    Does anyone have any advice? Is it better to keep both? I do also have the RSS Feed button, so it's all going to get quite confusing if I keep everything!

    The reason I'd like the MailChimp subscribe instead is because then I get to collect the email addresses for a mailing list, whereas when people 'Follow' with the WordPress button, I don't know who they are (unless they're fellow WordPress users).

    Many thanks, Julie

    The blog I need help with is youaresunshine.wordpress.com.

  2. Any suggestions would be most welcome :)

  3. kobayashionline
    Member

    Hey Julie, I don't think you'll lose your followers by removing that widget. You just won't get new followers. :)

    Smart move on the MailChimp list. Knowing who is subscribing to your blog posts - and, perhaps, even why they're subscribing - is a great way to learn more about your audience.

    Personally, I'd keep both. That way you're keeping options open for visitors. If someone has a WordPress.com account, they can follow your blog. If they don't have an account, they can still subscribe for updates.

    Hope this helps! - Andy

  4. @farrelljulie
    There are code restrictions here at WordPress.com http://en.support.wordpress.com/code/ Unless mailchimp has a plain HTML option for their code (no form code, iframe or javascript) then you are not going to be able to use it here at wordpress.com.

    We provide support for WordPress.com blog issues but we do not provide either feedburner or mailchimp support.

  5. kobayashionline
    Member

    Regarding the code restrictions: you can drop an image or text link to your MailChimp sign-up form into the text widget.

    Since that link won't depend on JavaScript or embedded frames, you shouldn't have an issue. :)

    - Andy

  6. Thanks for that Andy.

  7. Hello Andy and Timethief,

    Thank you so much for your advice and comments. I did try subscribing to the Mailchimp widget with my own email address, and it seems to have worked, so I think it will be okay, but I'll double-check with another email address.

    I'll keep both widgets then, Andy. Thanks for that suggestion.

    I really appreciate you both helping.

    Warmest wishes, Julie

  8. That's great news! Best wishes with your blog.

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