Google is no longer supporting FeedBurner
For years I’ve relied on FeedBurner, the industry standard RSS feed and email subscription tool. I used it to manage the Tidal Life subscriber list as well as my own subscriptions to other blogs I liked to read.
Somehow I missed the memo about Google’s plan to discontinue this important tool and only realized something was going on the other day when the Tidal Life subscriber list suddenly disappeared from my FeedBurner account. I thought it was a glitch and waited twenty four hours before panicking, to see if Google would fix the problem. They didn’t and now I’m worried. I don’t know if my subscribers have received notice of my recent posts.
Fortunately I downloaded a copy of the Tidal Life subscriber list in December when I sent out my end of the year update letter. But all those new subscribers who signed on since December are probably gone. I’m very sad about that.
I sincerely apologize for this SNAFU and wish I’d seen it coming. Perhaps I received a notice from Google and ignored it, deleted it, or set it aside for later action and then forgot it. I know I’m not the only blogger who missed the news. There’s been a lot of discussion online about Google being too quiet about their plan to do away with FeedBurner. Here’s what one blogging trainer said about what happened:
In early September, Google allowed its Feedburner Japan domain to expire. Without warning, all RSS feeds tied to it went dead. There has never been a peep out of Google about it.
In mid September, Feedburner users were shocked to find that the count on their subscriptions had gone to zero. It was a bug, and feeds were still working. Google got it fixed, but it took them five days. That alone scared enough folks to put moving their RSS subscriptions on the front burner, including me.
MaAnna Stephenson, Blog Aid
For some reason, I didn’t see a change in my subscriber list back in September, I just noticed it this week. Now I’m scrambling to find another tool for my subscribers.
Getting Tidal Life Subscriptions Working Again
Anyway, what’s done is done, so what now?
- Research – I spent today looking for a new subscription method. UPDATE: I chose the Subscribe2 WordPress plugin.
- Site modification – Soon I’ll remove the old subscription forms and install new ones. UPDATE: Done and working.
- Notify current subscribers – After posting this message I’ll also send out an update to those subscribers on my saved list about the change.
- Institute a new process for updating and backing up the subscriber list. UPDATE: Done and working.
I’ll take care of all this as fast as I can. If you subscribed recently, thank you for your interest in Tidal Life. I’m happy to have you as a reader and want to keep you as a subscriber, so please check back in a few days and use the new form to subscribe again.