Fiddling with RSS and Offbeat Home newsletter #Site News March 6 | Ariel Meadow Stallings offbeatariel This picture has nothing to do with RSS feeds Just a quick note to let everyone know that this week I'm doing some tinkering with Offbeat Home's RSS feed and email newsletter (which is just an emailed version of our RSS feed). As some of you have noticed, we've been having issues with the existing feed and newsletter delivery for a couple weeks, and it's high-time I switched over from Feedburner to Feedblitz. The shift is seamless so there's no need to resubscribe, but I AM looking for feedback about what you think of the new formats of both the feed and the newsletter. I'm testing the shift today on Offbeat Home, and once I get things worked out, I'll be making the shift on Offbeat Mama and Offbeat Bride, too. So, if you use RSS or the email newsletter and have thoughts — leave a comment! And for the rest of you, here's a picture of my dog. Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Ariel Meadow Stallings Author of Offbeat Bride: Creative Alternatives for Independent Brides, Ariel acts as the publisher of all the Offbeat Empire websites. She lives, loves, and dorks out hard in Seattle, WA. @offbeatariel @offbeatbride PREVIOUS What we eat and why it matters NEXT Neon: not just for '80s throwbacks any more! Toggle comments [ 22 ] "And for the rest of you, here's a picture of my dog." Ariel…This is why I love you! Also, I am not signed up for the newsletter "yet", but just clicked the checky box below, so we will see… 2 agree Reply Oh yeah! Feedblitz makes it easy for folks to sign up for the newsletter when they leave a comment (and also VERY easy to unsubscribe if you start getting the newsletter and are like WTF IS THIS BULLSHIT?!). 0 agree Reply I enjoy that the new RSS posts have a link straight to comments. Makes reading them easier, and makes me more likely to interact (hence; first comment! Woo!). 0 agree Reply i was gonna say the same thing. i subscribe with google reader and like to interact with comments. the direct link to comments is awesome. i like the share buttons too! 0 agree Reply Yeah, those comment links at the end of each post are pretty freaking cool! I'm less sold on the related posts links, which seem to just be "recent posts," which feels not especially useful. 0 agree Reply For whatever reason, the clicky links don't always hypertext properly in my RSS. Only for Offbeat Home, not the others in the OBE. We'll see come Monday if the new system fixes the problem. Hooray TBA… 0 agree Reply Are you seeing this THIS week? I just switched the RSS stuff yesterday morning, so if it was before this week it might no longer be an issue… 0 agree Reply I've been having this problem today, also the same kind of problem if I try to open the original post from my reader. (I use Google) 0 agree Reply I'm getting multiple copies of the newsletter now. I wasn't getting any for a while, but ever since the first message about it being "fixed", I've gotten at least two copies of every newsletter, and once I believe I got four (though I delete them after reading so I'm not 100% sure). I definitely got two copies of the most recent one. This is more of an FYI than a complaint, though. If I get it more than once, I just hit "Delete" again, so it's not a big deal. I just thought I'd bring it up in case others are having the same problem. 0 agree Reply Hi Ariel, It looks like it's just been in the last week or so. I have a gap between Feb. 23rd and Mar. 1st where I got no newsletters, then I started getting duplicates. I'll forward them to you as requested. Some of them are called "Offbeat Home: (blahblah)" and some are "New on Offbeat Home: (blahblah)". 0 agree Reply Yep: you're getting newsletters from both Feedblitz AND Feedburner. Fixed now! 0 agree Reply I stopped receiving feeds since yesterday (haven't had those of March 7&8). Before that, I missed some too, but then you guys switched. There are ads now in the RSS. Just noticing. 0 agree Reply Hannah, to clarify: the feed is not updating for you? You may want to try resubscribing by clicking the RSS icon at the top of the sidebar… 0 agree Reply Hm. I can't seem to add the RSS to my feed. I click the RSS icon and it brings me here: http://feeds.feedblitz.com/offbeathome When I click "Subscribe to the RSS," it just refreshes the page. Help? 0 agree Reply Odd! What browser are you using? I just tested it out in Chrome, and it worked fine. Perhaps try in a different browser just to see? 0 agree Reply I'm working on Firefox (10.0.2), but tried Safari, as well to no avail. I'm sure it's something weird on my end. 0 agree Reply Is anyone else having issues adding the new RSS to your RRS Feeds folder in Outlook? When I try to add the new feed, I get an error message which states: Outlook cannot process the RsS content from (http://feeds.feedblitz.com/offbeathome). The link may not point to a valid RSS Source. 0 agree Reply Interesting! According to my stats, ZERO users are reading the feed with Outlook which smells fishy to me (even if it was really uncommon, there would be at least a couple of you). Try these feed URLs and see if they work better: http://offbeathome.com/feed http://feeds.feedblitz.com/offbeathome&x=1 If it's still not working for you, I can report as a bug to Feedblitz. 0 agree Reply Thanks! I got http://offbeatbride.com/feed to work. I've got http://feeds.feedblitz.com/offbeathome&x=1 and http://feeds.feedblitz.com/offbeatmama&x=1 pending. I'll let you know if those do not resolve. Just so you know, Offbeat Mama broke for me a couple of weeks ago, but Offbeat Home and Offbeat Bride were both working until today. I've been using the RSS feed through Outlook on your sites for years, since I primarily browse through them at work 0 agree Reply Hi there, I have the same problems with the rss feed as Kristen described above. At http://feeds.feedblitz.com/offbeathome I click on the rss-icon and it only refreshes the page. I also work with FF, seems like a pattern Any ideas? 0 agree Reply Hi there, I have the same problems with the rss feed as Kristen described above. At http://feeds.feedblitz.com/offbeathome I click on the rss-icon and it only refreshes the page. I also work with FF, seems like a pattern 0 agree Reply Anna, this was an issue with our RSS provider: http://www.feedblitz.com/rss-service-outage-update/ It should be fine now! 0 agree Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.