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.