When it comes to fiddly geeky blog stuff I don’t really know what I’m doing, sure I could use Instagram till my hand fell off, I can update facebook like nobody’s business and I can Pin like a pro but when it comes down to the nuts and bolts of building a blog and keeping it top notch… well that’s when I’m glad I have friends like Liz from Lizosaurus.
She loves cats and dinosaurs and knows her tech stuff. She also has an uncanny way of explaining the most complicated things so that even I can understand them and that’s exactly what she’s come here to do today. Liz and her husband Jarod designed and continue to maintain my blog filling it will cool widgets and what-nots, they’ve also been nominated in The Bloggies (kind of like the Oscars for bloggers) so if you find the following helpful or just think she’s cool give her some love by giving her your vote in the design category but now, over to Liz…
Dear Lovely Readers of Danimezza,
Something is going to happen soon. And you may not like it. But much like the inevitable Zombie Apocalypse, you need to prepare for it.
So. Here’s what’s going to happen: if you use Google Friend Connect to read this blog, you’re not going to get it for much longer. After March 1, actually. It’s all over. No more Danimezza. Not via Google Friend Connect, at least.
It’s not us, it’s Google. This is what happens when you put your life in the hands of a mega corporation that runs the world – they get to call the shots. But, much like decisions made by your chosen deity: you don’t know why it’s happened, but you know there must be a good reason.
So, how can we kill it?
Well, unlike Zombies, this can’t be stopped. So we have to find a way around it!
What should we do?
I’m glad you asked! Otherwise this post would have gotten real awkward really quickly.
Well, here’s the easiest thing you can do (besides memorising the web address and visiting every day). Subscribe via RSS!
It sounds scary, but it’s not. Here’s how it works:
When you subscribe to a blog via RSS, it tells the little RSS kittens that you want to be told every time there’s a new post! So the little RSS kittens make a note of that, and every time Dani posts, then they go on a delivery run to ALL the people that want to read Dani’s blog. Can you imagine? A tiny little kitten with those huge awkward paws and little postal hat and bag visiting everyone? Nyaww.
Anyway. The RSS Kitten puts Dani’s post in your ‘post box’ (or ‘feed reader’) and you can read it when you next log in!
ZOMG, HOW DO I GET THE KITTENS?
OK! Now you’re on board with RSS, why not start my signing up for Dani’s blog?
First: Click on the RSS icon below and open it in a new window. (right click -> Open in New Window/Tab)
Now, you’ll see something like this:
Then you’ll see this dandy screen:
And then it’ll take you into your reader where you’ve just subscribed to Dani’s site! Woohoo!!
But how do I get back there?
Google Reader stays at one address — this one: http://www.google.com/reader/
Just bookmark it for next time and you’re good to go!
Any other questions? Let me know in the comments! I’ll be sticking around for the next week to answer them 🙂
Liz & the RSS Kitten.