Updates to the subscription service on this blog

This post is addressed to my subscribers and people who follow my blog updates via RSS feeds.

A week ago a subscriber informed me that my blog was sending out multiple emails notifying about old posts, content that has already been shared with my followers on the website and social media. I was happy to receive this report, even though what it really meant was that I was spamming my own subscribers.
At first I thought that I was the one to blame for this issue, due to my edits and updates to existing blog posts. I ran a simple check and reset the subscription service, hoping that this would be the last time I hear about it.

Unfortunately, this morning I got an email from the subscription service, pointing to blog posts that are over one year old. This is bad.
After doing some reading and verifications, I realized that the subscription service I use, Google’s Feedburner, is a sinking ship. It is no longer supported. Therefore, I switched to a different service to solve the problem.

What does it require from you, my subscriber? Most likely nothing. If you subscribed to receive my blog updates by email, you do not need to do anything. I transferred the mailing list to the new service and it should send out a newsletter to you once a week, but it will do so only when new content is uploaded to the blog (if I do not publish anything new, no email will be sent).
However, if you follow my RSS feed, and you had it saved in your browser’s bookmarks or RSS feed reader, you will need to update the URL to the new one. The previous RSS feed (http://feeds.feedburner.com/GilWizen) will slowly stop updating until it is no longer active.
The current RSS feed is http://gilwizen.com/feed/
The subscription links on the blog’s sidebar are now updated, so new subscribers will be directed to the current service and updated RSS feed.

Please note that some email services (Gmail, Yahoo, etc’) block images in newsletters being sent via mailing lists. If you wish to view the images in the newsletter, you will need to add its ‘sender’ email address to the list of trusted addresses, or you can click the link to view the original blog post using your web browser.

I truly apologize for any inconvenience this issue may have caused. Now we can start 2016 all fresh!

3 thoughts on “Updates to the subscription service on this blog

  1. I wondered about this myself, Gil! I started seeing old posts show up in my inbox about 10 days ago and wondered what was going on. Glad you’ve got it all sorted out now. 🙂

  2. Thank you for the feedback, guys!
    Sorry for this glitch, the problem should be fixed now. In any case I will monitor it more closely from now on.


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