Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Google Reader Replacement Roundup

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.
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Monday, March 18, 2013

On The Demise of Google Reader

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!

Ugh.

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.
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Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Starling Handbag Pattern in French and German

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. :)
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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

New *Share This* Post Buttons

This is where the text should go.
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Friday, March 11, 2011

Pretty Please, With Sugar On Top

Please take my survey. :)
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Saturday, February 05, 2011

How Do you Handle Comments?

There was a comment on my last post that asks some great questions about commenting ...
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Tuesday, February 01, 2011

New Logo

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.
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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Comment Changes

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.
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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Hey There!

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.
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Friday, November 06, 2009

Comment Spam Overload

Holy smokes!  

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.

YAY!

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.
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Friday, September 04, 2009

Crochet Diagrams Are Going To Blind Me

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.
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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The Starling Handbag Is A Rising Star

In June my free downloads had just hit 10,000.  Now I'm well over 20,000. About 4200 of those are Starling Handbags.  Wow!
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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Starling Handbag Now On Ravelry

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.
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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Free Downloads Just Broke Ten Thousand

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.
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Friday, May 22, 2009

Comment Change - Even Better

Andrew did us all a huge favor last night and coded up some comment email notification functionality last night.  Yay!
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Saturday, May 16, 2009

Comment Change

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.
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Friday, November 14, 2008

Free Downloads Update

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!
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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Are you having free download trouble?

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!
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Monday, November 10, 2008

Blogaversary Celebration - Week 1

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 page!  Yay!
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Wednesday, April 02, 2008

This Is A Week For Giving Thanks

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!
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Friday, March 28, 2008

Come On Bloglines, I Love You

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.
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Friday, March 28, 2008

Kick Ass

I apologize for another picture-less post, but ...

The new blog application is up and running! ! ! ! !
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Saturday, March 22, 2008

Crafting With Data

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.
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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Ravelry And (Gasp) Another Ornament

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?!

I'm still moving forward with the idea of building my own blog application, which is a good sign since I've usually given up on the whole idea by this point.  Andrew and I have been discussing ways for me move foward with a completely different system while still having all the old pages (or at least *appear* to have all the old pages).  There are still some details to work out and concepts to be tested, but I think the whole thing might be a lot easier than I imagined.  Either that or I'm deluded.  Time will tell.

* on Flickr I use futuregirl_dot_com/futuregirldotcom ... because it wasn't taken. Wonder why? ;)
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Saturday, December 08, 2007

I Think I'm Going To Vomit

Good news first

Velorian received the mystery box and took some awesome pix of what I tucked inside.  Yay!

OK, now on with the bad ...

I'm not getting all my Blogger comment alert emails

I just found out that I haven't been getting about half of the comment alert emails from Blogger since the "Pet My Scarf" post.  That makes me feel sick.  First of all, a snarky comment about Lenore snuck past me and one of her Grandchildren saw it, which is horrible.  Actually, that's how I realized something was up, because she left a response for that troll.

Blogger only emailed me 26 of the 52 comments for Lenore's post!

I quickly checked the subsequent posts and realized it's been a problem for a while.  I feel *terrible* because some of you have said wonderful things that I would have responded to WAY before now, some of you asked questions that need to be answered, and who knows how many comments were left on random, old posts that I will never ever know about. :(

Anyone else having this problem with Blogger comment alert emails? I know it's not a problem with my actual email.  I'm getting all my paypal emails because I always double-check my paypal account when I get a pattern order.  **edit: I'm not the only one **

Blowing through my bandwidth

I *way* underestimated how much traffic Boing Boing was going to send my way.  They took my site visits from around 1,100 per day to 6,713 on the 5th.  Six times the traffic!  That was totally overwhelming.

I was COMPLETELY unprepared for what happened the next day:  Fark.com picked up the story about Lenore's ornaments (focusing on the octopus-ness, not the heart-warming-ness, sadly). They sent 21,446 visitors to my site.  Jaw dropping, isn't it?

I've now used 40% of my 80 Gig monthly bandwidth allotment.  Last month I almost went over, so I'm pretty sure this month I will, unless I move my site.  It's too bad, too, because I love my host.  But they charge $5 for 5 Gig increments if you go over and they don't offer a hosting plan with more than 80 Gigs of bandwidth (which I think is strange).

Bookmarking widget

This morning I added the Add This widget to all my posts.  If you click it, you are taken to a page where you can add the post to any one of the bazillion bookmark aggregate sites out there.  I've received a lot of traffic from people "stumbling" my site, so I thought I'd make it easier.

Add This was super simple to put into my Blogger template, so if you've been thinking of adding something like this to your blog, try them.  If you're using a new Blogger Template, they have a fancier button that expands a little panel where the user can select their bookmarking service without leaving your site.  It's not just for Blogger though - you can see it in action at the Village Voice website.
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Saturday, February 11, 2006

Agonizing without categories

I'm fairly new to all-things-blogging. I'm usually a late-adopter. I like to wait until things shake out and I can make an informed decision. I'm not a gadget junkie. I do not like to do things until I know *exactly* what I want to do ("I want to take a look at all the spatulas again, before I make my decision ... "). But I wanted a blog fast and blogger looked good and I figured all blog software was pretty much the same at this point.

Wrong.

Whip Up and Craftlog have cracked open the crafting weblog universe to me. As I surf, I see things I want on my blog. Like categories. Like automatic next AND previous links (not just previous). I've spent hours and hours this week reading reviews, studying charts, learning new terms, reading feature lists, and trying to install Blogger hacks that don't don't don't work.

And then I come across Extreme Craft. He's using blogger without fancy hacks (as far as I know). I had a great time skipping around in his archive. It was kinda fun not knowing what I might find.

On the other hand, I only learned about Gocco because Craftlog has it as a category link.

Ugh.

My anxiety stems from many things.
      
  1. I've spent a ton of time spent researching blogs and I still feel like I don't know enough to make a good decision. I could have been creating wonderful things and blogging about them instead!
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  3. I learn better when I discuss things with people or have a person explain things to me. I like to ask questions. Reading documentation doesn't sink in as easily because I stop in the middle of every other sentence to google the definition of a word. By the time I figure out what a trackback ping is and I've forgotten why I was looking it up.
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  5. This is the embarrassing one: I'm a web programmer. I should totally have this nailed. I should have written myself a blog on my lunch break today.
I've resigned myself to the fact that I'm not going to feel comfortable choosing a different blogging tool (or building my own) until I know a lot more about what is out there. I want to test out some of the other tools. I want to see a lot more blogs. And if I'm going to do all that and still craft and still blog, it's going to be a while.

In the meantime, Blogger is free and easy.  But, oh, how I wish I had categories!
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