For those of you who missed the news, Google has announced changes that will affect your ability to get updates by e-mail after July 1. So if you currently get your blog stories by e-mail, this message is for you.
I already posted about this a few days ago and what follows is essentially the same message, including information on how to sign up for updates by e-mail from different websites. If you already signed up with one of the new services, whatever services you picked should be working already and you do not have read any further.
There is one correction I want to make, though. In my original message, I said that the updates from "Follow it" would not have ads. I was wrong about that. They do, unfortunately; BUT, the ads are at the bottom of the email message which makes them less intrusive. And with that, here is the full message and instructions on what to do:
So, the bad news is that Google will terminate the system they use now to send updates by e-mail. The good news is that there are good options to re-subscribe so you don't miss the blog's content. But, YOU have to subscribe using a new service. It only takes a few minutes. I explain how to do it in detail below. Please take a minute to select a new e-mail delivery service so you don't risk missing content. Feel free to contact me by e-mail if you need more information.
As you know, there are two main ways in which readers can get updates when I post new stories. One is to add the blog to a “news aggregator” such as “Feedly” which is the one I use myself to collect the stories from all the blogs I follow. The changes announced by Google will NOT affect the use of an aggregator.
The other way to keep up with the new stories is to subscribe by email and, unfortunately, the system Google is currently using to manage e-mail subscriptions will be terminated at the end of the month.
So, if you want to continue receiving your updates by e-mail, you will need to sign up using a different service, and below I will describe two options in detail.
The first option is Blogtrottr. This is the easiest to set up BUT when you get the e-mail message with the blog stories, there will be a big ad at the top and another at the bottom. I don't like ads, so this is not my preferred way to subscribe. If you don't mind the ads, then feel free to sign up for the updates this way. If you don't want ads, I recommend a service called Follow it.
I prefer Follow-it for two reasons: it does not have ads and you can set it up as a news aggregator just like Feedly. So it is both an email subscription service and a news aggregator in one. Here is what you need to do to sign up. It only takes a few minutes but there are a few steps. (I will also explain how to set up Blogtrottr below).
To sign up for email update through Follow it, here is what you need to do:
Go to https://follow.it/intro where you will see this page:
Click on "No, I am a reader..." This will take you to this page:
Here, type in his blog's address (https://bernabepr.blogspot.com/) in the blank (as shown) and hit Go. This will bring you to this page:
These are the different options on how to follow the blog. If you want only one message per day with all the stories published the previous day, choose the first box (maroon) that says "Newspaper" by email. If you want to use Follow it as a news aggregator, click on the purple box that says "News page." You can sign up for more than one option.
Once you pick your options click on Follow it, and this will bring you to another page with more options
As you can see, these are optional, so you can decide what to do there. I did not select any of these.
Once you are done with all this, you will get a message by email asking you to confirm. Make sure you do so because otherwise you will not be signed up and won't get the email updates. If you don't get the message right away, make sure you check your junk or spam folder just in case.
Go to Blogtrottr.com , where you will see this page
Once there, enter the URL for this blog (https://bernabepr.blogspot.com/) in the first blank on the left (where you see "http://").
Then enter your email address in the blank in the middle.
Then select how you want the updates to be delivered by clicking on the drop down menu on the left, where it says "realtime". Realtime means you will get a message by email the moment I post something. This means you will get multiple messages if I publish more than one story on any given day. Click on the down arrow to see the other options. If you want only one message per day (if there is new content) pick the daily digest option.
Once you have filled out these blanks, click on "Feed me". That will take you to this page:
Pick one of the two options (I picked the one that says Feed Type: RSS) and you will then get a message by email asking you to confirm your subscription. Check your junk or spam folder if you don't see it right away and make sure you follow the instructions to confirm. You won't get the updates unless you do so.
I hope this message helps you figure out how to re-subscribe so you continue to get the email updates you are used to. There may be other options out there that I am not aware of too. These two are the two I know of. I tried them both and they work well. I prefer Follow it for the reasons stated above but they both work.
Please let me know by email or by leaving a comment here if I can help you make the transition.