There is about a week left before Google Reader leaves us. If you're going to keep following futuregirl.com or any other frequently updated sites using a feed reader, it's time to make a choice ... or a couple choices.
I use Google Reader. I have for years. 2 of my 3 smartphone screen panels are just for Google Reader widgets (everything else is packed on the one home screen). I was less than happy to hear that they have decided to close down Google Reader
on July 1st.
It's also a issue for me because I have 17,247 feed subscribers who read my blog using Google Reader. Am I going to lose all those readers? I don't want to lose you!
Any suggestions on what to use to read my feeds when Google Reader shuts down? Bonus points if you've actually used your recommendation and like it's android widget. ;)
The one I saw mentioned in articles a lot last week was Feedly
, but I'm not sold on it yet. It's pretty, though.
I am so excited about being able to offer the Starling Handbag in French and German. The translations were done by two amazing people, Ambre and Laura, who volunteered their skills. I've updated the Starling Handbag Ravelry page
and my free downloads page
to include the new versions.
This is actually part of a bigger project. I completely redesigned and recoded my free downloads page. The updated look and feel is accompanied by a completely new delivery engine that should eliminate the problems some people had trying to get my downloads.
I figured if I was going to release the writstlet pattern soon, I had to update that page to work for everyone or I would drown under the "I can't get the pdf" emails once it's out. :)
This is where the text should go.
Please take my survey. :)
There was a comment on my last post that asks some great questions about commenting ...
I have been feeling super energetic and inspired lately. I have been crafting up a storm. I have a ton of photos ready for blog posts, and last night I took what I hope will be the next two or three Hex crochet-a-long videos. But what I'm here to tell you about today is my new logo and mini site redesign.
For those of you who consider coding and design a craft project ...
I had some fun changing my comments last night. There were a couple things I'd been meaning to do for a long time to make the comments easier for me to use and for all of us to read.
One of my favorite things about blogging is talking to you. For real. I've made so many friends this way. And the day I can't respond to my comments the way I like to will be a very sad day for me. In an effort to ward off that day as long as possible, I built an admin page for myself to make managing comments easier.
I just deleted over 600 spam comments. I've turned commenting off until I can put a check in place that keeps comment spam from showing up and **MOST IMPORTANTLY** keeps comment spam from getting emailed to you if you've subscribed to subsequent comments on a post.
My most sincere apologies if you were emailed comment spam.
It breaks my heart that my lovely commenters might be getting big, scary, ugly spam from my site. So sad. :(
As soon as I finish the changes that will keep the evil spammers from trying to sell us crap, I've got some crafting to share.
Oh, and if you need to get in touch with me, email me. :) My email address is on the top of the left column. See it over there? Yep, that's the one.
I just started working on the crochet diagrams for the Starling. OMG! I think my eye balls are going to explode. I might be easier to come over to your house and help you out when you have questions.
my free downloads had just hit 10,000. Now I'm well over 20,000. About 4200 of those are Starling Handbags. Wow!
I just added the Starling Handbag to Ravelry
(free sign up
required). So, if you're a Ravelry-er you can now add the Starling Handbag to your Queue, Favorites, or Projects! There are already two Starling Handbags in Ravelry.
My free downloads just broke 10000. Well, it's at 10079. I'd been watching for it, but from yesterday to today it totally jumped.
Andrew did us all a huge favor last night and coded up some comment email notification functionality last night. Yay!
I've always tried to individually reply to my comments. For years I diligently replied to *everyone* that left a comment. That's how much I appreciate comments.
In the last couple of years, if I got more than 50 or so comments on a post, I mostly just let them all go unanswered unless someone asks a question. Those people would get emails. I always feel so bad about leaving all those comments hanging in the wind.
Well, I was wrong about Safari not working for us here at home. It's just that the url I was pasting from the email source code had some weird characters in it. Once I figured that out, everything worked fine.
Also, the people having issues aren't always the same people ... meaning, most Mac people seem to be having a no trouble downloading the PDFs. Sometimes it's Safari users. Sometimes Firefox. Sometimes it's PC users. Oy! The headache of everyone having a completely uniquely set-up computers and browsers is maddening. It's almost impossible to troubleshoot. And 100% not-fun. :)
I've added some extra instructions to the free downloads email to help people figure out if there's a way to make it work for them. I've been getting less "help me" emails, so maybe the clearer instructions are helping. In the meantime, don't dispair if it doesn't work for you. Just send me an email and I'll help you.
Monday I will post the new download. I can't wait! Yay!
I'm so excited about the overwhelmingly positive response I'm getting to the free downloads page. You guys are the best! :)
Most people are having no problems with the free downloads, but it looks like there are some people who are. It seems to be Safari users on the Mac (or, when I tested here at home, on the PC ... but who, would use Safari on a PC unless you're a web programmer who tests stuff?). I need your help troubleshooting this issue:
- If you are having difficulty getting the free download PDFs to display in your broswer and you ARE NOT using Safari ... let me know.
- If you use Safari and it worked for you ... let me know.
- If you use Safari and it didn't work for you, please request a new download email and go to the links in a different browser (like Firefox
, it's free) and let me know if the different browser worked for you.
Thanks to everyone who has already given me feedback and everyone who takes the time to help me troubleshoot the problem!
Part of the reason I only posted once last week, in addition to our router dying, is that Andrew and I were working on a free downloads
There isn't a whole lot of craftiness going on right now, so I'm going to use the rest of this week to give thanks.
My first round of thanks is going to everyone who clicked over to my blog blog to help out. I was nervous about the switch over, and it was so great to get feedback and support from all of you! Thank you so much!
Bloglines was a dream when I switched over the blog blog. It picked up the feeds without a hitch. But, for some unknown reason, Bloglines has only updated one of the four feeds it sees for my craft blog.
I apologize for another picture-less post, but ...
The new blog application is up and running! ! ! ! !
This is a surreal and sublime moment for me. I just switched my blog blog
over to my new blog application today. I've been working hard for months
, and it's exciting that everything is finally coming together.
I got my invite to Ravelry
today! I've been holding my breath since I put myself on the waiting list. I figured I waited too long to sign up and the user name "futuregirl" would be taken*. Lucky me!! It was still available! I only had a second to look around, but it looks like a great site.
Yesterday I got this ornament
from Jessica at Funky Finds
. How adorable is her little dog?!