Tune-ups and Foul-ups

Tune-ups and foul-ups . . . not necessarily in that order.

For months I have been telling myself that I needed to improve some things about my website. For example:

  • I should write more. (Granted, some readers won’t see this as a tune-up.)
  • I should encourage my readers to subscribe to my website by email or RSS.
  • I should upgrade my automatic email service.
  • I should reorganize some things to make my website more user-friendly.

Yesterday, I decided I would make the easiest of those moves — encourage readers to subscribe to my site. But then it seemed appropriate to go ahead and upgrade my automatic email service before I asked people to subscribe.

So, I spent a couple of hours moving over to MailChimp as my automatic email service. I was really impressed with the way that everything worked out. Except for the fact that I apparently disconnected other things that had been working flawlessly.

I am closing in on undoing my foul-ups — I think.

This particular post is, in part, just a test to see if I’ve succeeded


one of my first attempts to encourage readers to subscribe to my website.

You can do that in a couple of ways:

  1. You can subscribe to an RSS feed in your preferred reader service. Just click on the RSS feed link in the upper right corner of my website. OR
  2. You can subscribe to my email service. Click on the link just below the RSS feed link where it says, “SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE!” Follow that link and provide the information requested. Also, remember that you will get an email asking you to verify your subscription. Be sure and click on the link in that email, as well. (This is called a double opt-in system — it helps prevent some evil spammer or hacker from making subscription decisions for you.) Or you can click here and go directly to the subscription form.

And, some of you may not want to subscribe. Indeed, you could be one of those folks who likes to live on the edge — never knowing what’s just around the corner.  I get that.

In any event, this whole post has been a great way for me to test out all this new stuff. The up-side for you is that if all of it works, I won’t do another one of these for a while. If it doesn’t, I’ll be back tomorrow!

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