Please Take a Moment to Subscribe

Making the change from TypePad over to WordPress has not been without its challenges. The biggest issue has been subscriptions. Before the change-over, I had more than 5,000 RSS subscriptions and more than 1,600 e-mail subscriptions. If you were one of these, please keep reading.

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I am working with the TypePad tech support team to try and resolve the RSS problem. So far, they have been very responsive. In fact, Mark Simmons, the head of Marketing and Customer Satisfaction, wrote to me personally to express his disappointment over my decision to move to WordPress. He was gracious and offered to help in the transition. You can’t ask for more than that. I am still hopeful they can help me resolve this issue. We’re now going back and forth with their tech support.

FeedBlitz and FeedBurner have been a challenge. Prior to Google’s acquisition of FeedBurner, FeedBurner offered to import your FeedBlitz subscribers. All you had to do was export the list from FeedBlitz and the email OPML file to FeedBurner. After the Google acquisition that kind of personalized service stopped. FeedBurner promised a solution back in June 2008. But so far, they have not provided one.

The surprising thing is that I woke up this morning and all my old FeedBlitz subscribers were suddenly on FeedBurner. I don’t know exactly how this happened. John Saddington (aka @human3rror), my crack web developer, said he was hacking around on the back-end and may have inadvertently fixed it. Weird.

The bottom line? If you want to keep receiving my blog—especially by RSS—you need to resubscribe. You can subscribe to the RSS feed or the E-mail newsletter, whichever you prefer. Just click on the appropriate link and follow the instructions. I apologize for the inconvenience, but at this point, I am at the mercy of these various third-party providers.

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  • http://human3rror.com John (Human3rror)

    Quite honestly, it was probably you mike (another “hyatt-hack”) that fixed it all.

    Let’s hope it sticks. The guys at Typepad have been extremely gracious… if they can come through and finish the transfer up, it would be a big “win” for them.

    ;)

  • http://www.marydemuth.com Mary DeMuth

    Great new look, Michael. Very easy on the eyes Nice graphics.

  • http://lynnrush.wordpress.com/ Lynn Rush

    The blog is looking fantastic. Welcome to wordpress (that’s what I use, on a much smaller scale, however **smile**).

  • http://www.sharonball.com Sharon Ball

    It’s great to see you back in the blogging saddle as we’ve all been awaiting your return and slick new design. Once the kinks are worked out I know all of your subscribers will still be following your posts. I know I will. Bravo on the new look!

  • http://www.homesanctuary.com Rachel Anne

    I would love to switch from Typepad to WP, but my blood runs cold at the thought. Without a web guru to guide me to the light, I fear I will make a mess of it.

    The new look is great…much more than a “nip and tuck,” and the result is fabulous. Why, it’s taken YEARS off your look…you should be proud! Work it.

  • http://portraitofawriter.ginaconroy.com Gina

    Great, clean look! I made the switch from blogger to WordPress a while ago, before blogger updated. I lost some readers, but I have no regrets. I’m sure, neither will you!

  • http://www.freemoneyfinance.com FMF

    Mike –

    When the dust settles, I’d love to read a “what it costs in time, effort and money to switch blog platforms — and how to do it right” sort of post from you.

  • http://www.virtualpaper.co.in K Venkatesh

    I am unable to subscribe to RSS feed via feedburner. When I click the link, only the html code appears. Any solution that you can suggest?

    Thank you,

    K. Venkatesh

  • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

    @K,

    Are you clicking on the link in the right-hand sidebar? What browser are you using? I apologize for the hassle.

    Thanks,

    Mike

  • http://passionsforthesoul.typepad.com/vicki Vicki Small

    I did subscribe, again, but now I’m receiving the e-mail feeds two and three times per post, several hours apart. I’m afraid to unsubscribe, ’cause I don’t want to be out of the system!