July 08, 2021

Blog Feed Problems and a Funny Story

What a nightmare!

Ugh, I spent most of the day working on what should have been an easy switch--moving my blog feed from Google's feedburner to follow.it. If you missed the announcement I posted the last couple of days, Google is shutting down their email subscriptions in feedburner, which affects everyone who receives my blog post updates via email.

I've been reading about different alternatives and I decided to go with follow.it; now, however, I'm rethinking that. I'll try not to bore you with the details, but right now I'm just waiting on customer support at follow.it to upload my list of current subscribers. If you have under 100 subscribers you can upload them yourself (which is easy), but if you have more than that, you have to email them and they will do it for you (after you submit proof via a screenshot of feedburner).

As of right now, it's been six hours without any further communication from them after I submitted the screenshot but the subscriber list still isn't uploaded to my account. So, for those of you that subscribe via email, I have no idea if you will get an email notification of this post tonight or not. I really hope that you don't get an email from BOTH feedburner and follow.it. I don't want to be spammy! As soon as I can confirm that my subscriber list is uploaded to follow.it, I'll delete the feed at feedburner.

Anyway, that's just a very long-winded way of saying that I have no idea what's going on with the switch right now. The reason I was procrastinating this for the last few months is for this very reason: I knew it wouldn't go smoothly.

(There was a time several years ago that I tried to switch from Blogger to Wordpress and good LORD, I was a sobbing mess and ready to throw my computer through a wall that day. I decided I'll just stay on Blogger because it's free, I am used to it, and I really don't want to deal with switching over.)

I didn't even prepare a post today because I was hoping for a "test post" after I made the switch. So I'll just share a funny thing that happened today.

I was washing dishes when Jerry woke up today, and he poured a bowl of Frosted Flakes. I told him he should add some Cocoa Krispies in there, too, because the combination is really good! He added the Cocoa Krispies, poured in the milk, and then I heard him say, "Ohhh, this sounds just like my childhood". (I had my back to him because of washing the dishes.)

I half-turned to see what he was talking about and he had his ear next to the bowl of cereal. He said that the sound of Rice Krispies reminds him of being a kid. He said, "Here, listen to it" and held his bowl up to my ear. My hands were soapy and wet, so I was still facing the sink, but I paused to listen (i.e. humor his nostalgia).

Jerry was watching my reaction to listening to the Rice Krispies (yes, I realize it's not a very exciting thing to watch for a reaction, but hey--whatever floats his boat!). While Jerry was looking at my face and he didn't realize that he was tipping the (very full) bowl of cereal and milk sideways. He dumped half a bowl of cereal and milk down the back of my shirt and in my hair while I stood there!

I just froze for a minute. Then I realized what had just happened--my husband had literally poured a bowl full milk down my back--and I burst out laughing. I was standing at the sink wheezing from laughter while Jerry breathed with relief before laughing (I guess when your wife is bipolar, you don't know what to expect when you pour milk down the back of her shirt! Haha)

All day, every time I think about it I start laughing again. You have to picture him holding a bowl full of milk up next to my head (with an eager, nostalgic smile on his face) and then tipping the bowl and dumping the milk down my back--it was very different than accidentally dribbling or spilling milk and splashing me. If someone was just watching it out of context, they certainly would have thought it was on purpose.

Okay, well, I hope to get this issue with the blog feed sorted tonight, but if not, I'll just have to deal with it tomorrow! (Edit 7/9/21 at 12:00 ET: It *should* be working now, but I guess I won't know until the feed updates--I think tomorrow? Anyway, you should only get one email, from follow.it. Fingers crossed that it actually works!


  1. I did get an email notification of this post as normal.

  2. i did receive an email about this post, but not from followit, it was from google. love the story. :)

    1. Thank you! I guess that just means I'm still waiting for follow.it to import my subscriber list.

  3. We had a similar situation with syrup and our dog. My husband had a plate full of pancakes and syrup and while walking to the table to sit down, he stopped to look at something on the fridge. His plate was tipped just enough to pour syrup and our dog just happened to be standing right under the stream. None of us noticed until we heard this licking/slurping sound from our dog licking the floor. She kept her head tilted down so the syrup ran from her head to the floor where she was loving her treat! We still giggle about being careful with a plate of pancakes and this was 8 years ago!

  4. And your reaction dear friend, is why your marriage is so great!!

  5. And your reaction dear friend, is why your marriage is so great!!

  6. I love that you found the humor in the cereal incident! I sure hope the email situation goes well. I did switch from blogger to Wordpress and it wasn't a complete nightmare, but well, um, I understand the frustration.

  7. How funny. I don't know if I would reacted that way at all, lol!
    I received your email from Google.


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