My blog is unsettledskies.wordpress.com.
I'd like a widget in my sidebar where readers can subscribe to my blog and receive an email notifying them of my latest scintillating post. I have done much hunting around for an answer for this, and I take it Feedburner is the ticket? Is Feedburner the ONLY way to accomplish this (with a free wordpress.com blog)?
I currently have Feedburner functioning nicely as a subscription widget in my sidebar. The big problem with it is it sends emails out with my ENTIRE POST contained therein. Why is that a problem? I'm trying to get readers to COME to my blog, not the other way around! So I'm looking for a work-around that will send my subscribers a simple message notifying them that's there's a new post available, along with the link to my blog--not the actual post.
I don't know HTML, but I'm guessing I could alter the code in Feedburner to achieve these 2 ends. Incidentally, a friend of mine who does know HTML tweaked the Feedburner code a little so that when a prospective subscriber clicks on the Feedburner subscription widget in my sidebar, the subscription form opens in a SEPARATE WINDOW. That way, when they've finished subscribing, they can continue browsing my blog. With the standard Feedburner code, there's no way to get BACK to the original blog after subscribing). If anyone wants to see that code, here it is (my friend also added spaces so that "subscribe to Unsettledskies by Email" wasn't all jammed together, as it originally appeared in my sidebar):
<div class="textwidget">Subscribe to Unsettledskies by Email</div>
The blog I need help with is unsettledskies.wordpress.com.