Well, I found out why I wasn't getting all my FeedBlitz alerts. AOL had put two of their emails in my spam folder. Thanks, AOL. I'll add FeedBlitz to my address book so that I won't have that trouble again. As best I can tell, everything I'd signed up for was present and accounted for, including My Feelings Are Real, the one AOL Journal I put in there as a test (and because my AOL Alerts aren't working for Maryanne's journal, despite my taking it off the alerts list and then adding it back in).
The only caveat is that the results aren't up-to-the-minute. If you posted at 11:30 PM and I get the email at midnight, that entry from half an hour ago may take an extra day to reach me. I understand that Bloglines isn't up-to-the-minute either, though. If you want to be totally on top of what your friend may have written five minutes ago on Blogspot, you're just going to have to click on the link at the most likely time of day.
Now, I need your help with a decision. Patick's Place hits my email as a snippet and link, thus:
There are 2 new entries in "Patrick's Place"
Found this over at Charley's " Courage :"
You have the eyes of a hawk. You're very much aware
about your surroundings and the...
While AOL's decision to place banner ads and the resulting firestorm among their bloggers is getting some national press, such as this article from...
Other blogs hit my email as whole entries. If I subscribed to 20 blogs this way instead of just eight so far, that would make a heck of a long email! But Patrick has his feed set to be "truncated," so it's just a blurb and a link. I like that. If I hadn't already seen these entries, I would have clicked on them. Well, the second one, anyway.
This is a preference that apparently can only be set by the person whose blog it is, not the subscriber. If the blogger isn't registered with FeedBlitz, people can subscribe anyway, but they'll always get the whole entry.
So. Do you see where I'm going with this?
Here's the question. If you were to subscribe to Outpost via FeedBlitz, would you want the whole thing, or a snippet and a link? Let me know, 'kay?
Winter has come to the Old Pueblo, however temporarily. Sunday it only got up to 58 degrees, and seemed colder because of wind. Monday morning it got down to 28 degrees, with a high that afternoon of 58. That probably doesn't sound impressive to all you Back Easters, but by Tucson's standards it's remarkably cold.
It only snows about once every three years here, I estimate - and by that standard, snow is overdue. It hasn't snowed so far this year, either, so I have nothing to show you to prove how cold it was yesterday. So here are a couple of sunset pictures instead. That's my answer to everything, isn't it?
Fifteen minutes later, the pinky-orange was in the sky, but no longer on the mountains.
And here's my view of the west, from near the house.
I wanted to do some more blogging tips tonight, mention entries by Shelly (who has written a bunch of helpful and/or interesting postings recently over on Presto Speaks!) and Carly (with her current series of grief management), point you at several very long lists of ex-AOL blogs, and do other great stuff I don't remember now. But I think I'll just look up the URLs and leave it at that. I love how people have pulled together here all over the new Blogspot subdivision of J-Land, helping each other figure out links and photos and templates, how to repost old AOL-J entries, how to compensate for not having AOL Alerts, blogging tools, link exchanges and so on. Way to go, people!
Speaking of links, I know I have some changes and additions to catch up on here. Will you do me a favor in the meantime? Please check the Outpost sidebar for your link or links. If anything is outdated, missing, or just plain wrong, please let me know and I'll fix it.