Email Notification of new Blog Posts?

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  • #384447

    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.

    #384570

    Oh, it’s not showing all the HTML code, unfortunately. I guess it won’t let me post a screenshot here…

    #384575

    You have to upload a screenshot to the internet somewhere. We can’t view it on your computer.

    To post code here in the forums, put the code between backticks ( ` ) which is typically on the key to the left of the #1 key.

    #384578

    Thanks for the info! LOL, it wasn’t my intent for anyone to view it on my computer, thankfully that’s not possible. I dragged the screenshot into the Reply box here and that’s how it came out, showing that pathway. Can someone delete my name off here i wonder?? delete that whole reply?

    Here’s the code again, between barticks this time: <div class="textwidget"><a href="http://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=Unsettledskies&amp;loc=en_US" target="_blank">Subscribe to Unsettledskies by Email</a></div>

    #384588

    That code is incomplete and I would suggest you head back to feedburner and get the code again. You are missing the feedID (shown as XXXXXX below) and location information

    <a href="http://www.feedburner.com/fb/a/emailverifySubmit?feedId=XXXXXX&amp;loc=en_US" >Subscribe to Blah Blah Blah by Email</a>

    #384631

    Ok, thank you. Even if I go back and get the right code, I still have the original problem of Feedburner sending my entire post via email to subscribers. Can anyone help resolve that issue?

    #384635

    What blog are you talking about?

    #384636

    If you are talking about this blog, http://unsettledskies.wordpress.com/ , all you have is a single image in each post. The image cannot be broken in half so there is no way to show a partial feed.

    You might try going to settings > reading and setting your feed to show only an excerpt and see what that does. It may take a few minutes for your feed to update, but then check at http://unsettledskies.wordpress.com/feed to see it. The image should then be gone. What feedburner will actually end up showing is anyone’s guess though.

    #384640

    Over in your feedburner account, go to the “optimize” tab, then click on “browser friendly in the left side, scroll down to “content options” and from the pulldown select “list item titles only” and then click “save.”

    #384669

    I went into Reading Settings and changed the radio button from Full Text to Summary and then checked my feed. Now it shows just the titles of each blog post, and when you click “read more…” it opens up the whole single-image post.

    I appreciate your help with this, but my original question has not been addressed. Maybe I wasn’t clear enough: I’m looking for a way to send 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’m not really trying to send a feed–I just want to give notification to subscribers that there’s a new post to check out. Is there no other widget, tool, html code, etc. to send email notification to subscribers, not an actual feed?

    #384677

    husdal
    Member

    On wordpress.com, there is no such tool available for instantly sending emails after a post has been published. With the Feedburner email subscription you can send out notifications once every day, e.g. between 8am and 9am, if there is a new post prior to those times. That works for the people who have subscribed by email via Feedburner. The best you can do is to sync your publishing schedule and your Feedburner email notification schedule to allow minimum delay between the two. Considering that you only post every few days that should work perfectly.

    #384700

    Thanks, husdal. I figured Feedburner was the only game in town but just wanted to make sure there were no other options.

    The other part to my original question was whether it is possible to mess with the html code in feedburner to make it more of an announcement than a feed. I’m guessing that’s a bad idea. I do think my friend (see original query) is on the right track, tweaking the code a little to make it open in a new window, at least.

    Thanks again, thesacredpath, for pointing out that some of the Feedburner code is missing. I’ll go back and get it again, and I’ll try your other suggestion under the optimize tab. Hopefully Feedburner will end up sending emails that’s don’t reveal my entire single-image posts. Hopefully it’ll send the titles only.

    I wonder if it would help the situation if I added a brief line or two of text along with my single, comic-blog image. Maybe that way Feedburner could grab the text and leave the image alone. I guess I can play with that. If it still sends the entire post, I’ll just remove the Feedburner subscription widget altogether from my blog…

    #384701

    If you set feedburner to only show the title, that should take care of it.

    #384730

    Yeah, I guess so. It just seems kind of crude, what the subscription email would look like in that case…

    #384733

    Hey, thesacredpath, would you mind if I subscribe to your blog temporarily, so I can see firsthand what a text-heavy blog looks like in an email subscription?

    #384737

    I’ve been neglecting my blog since April and probably won’t post anything for at least another week. Also, I have mine set to only show a summary so the email will have the title, a short two-line excerpt and then a “read more” link.

    #384739

    Okay, thanks, that gives me an idea of what a text blog email notification ought to look like, I was just wondering.

    #384743

    husdal
    Member

    My blog is text-heavy :-) if you want to have a text-heavy email notification with a full post.

    #384758

    Thanks, husdal, I’ll subscribe presently!

    #384764

    husdal
    Member

    I forwarded you the email notification for my last post.

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