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Blogging Tech and Coping with Change

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Blogging can be frustrating for writers, not necessarily because we have trouble writing the content. It’s those technical details that can distract from the writing. Here are my current frustrations:

  • Subscription Management: MailChimp, the newsletter service I use, is changing the way it does the subscriber sign-up. Current customers will be converted from double opt-in (sends an email for new subscribers to confirm subscription) to single opt-in (no confirmation email). I can stay with double opt-in by checking the options box by October 31. I’ll choose to stay with double opt-in because spam rules require evidence that the subscriber wants to receive your messages. I have no idea why MailChimp felt they had to do this. At least they made it easy for me to check the box and be done. Still, it took some time to read and understand the message and decide what to do.
  • Design: In 2013, I purchased the Canvas theme (design) for my website from Woo Themes. It was recommended at the time because it was “highly customizable.” Oh, and lifetime support (hah). Just this week, Woo announced that they are “retiring” Canvas. In other words, it’s not going to work with future versions of WordPress. Woo recommends that Canvas users convert to another theme, preferably theirs. Not a chance. So now I  have to take the time (and money) to choose and install another theme. I’ll probably go with a Genesis-based theme from Studiopress. Watch for a new look.
  • Photos: I use Pixabay as much as possible, but it’s often time-consuming to find just the right photo for a blog post. I’m looking for a photo for post entitled “Preaching to the Choir” right now. I can find choirs and preachers but not both together.

I know. Change is supposed to be good, but it also disrupts the routine.

Inspiration: Quotes on Change

“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”–John F. Kennedy

“To live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often.”–John Henry Newman

Readers, I invite you to comment on your blogging tech frustrations or make recommendations on how to reduce mine. Or share your feelings about change. Newsletter readers, click on the title of the article to go to the site and scroll down to Leave a Reply.

8 Responses to Blogging Tech and Coping with Change

  1. Terry Whalin October 28, 2017 at 9:34 am #

    Emily,

    Our world is growing more and more technical–smartphones, text messages, and programs which don’t work. I have tech challenges every day. The key from my perspective is to not let it rattle you but to persist and work around it or work on it later–i.e. keep going. Some people get frustrated and stop. Our call as writers is to continue forward.

    Also it is important to continually monitor which things are working–and which are not. I’m making some changes in my own regular actions because they are no longer yielding the results that they used to yield. it’s part of the process from my view. Hope this helps,

    Terry

  2. Cecelia L. Lester October 28, 2017 at 3:41 pm #

    About change, I have learned we will always have change in our lives. Over the years, I have had to adjust to things that I really didn’t care for but I had to accept them anyway-family issues, changes at church, changes on a job, changes in my diet. I won’t even go into the changes in cyber-space. Terry is right, we can’t let any change, wherever it happens, rattle us. As writers, we are supposed to develop thick skins.

  3. Emily Akin October 28, 2017 at 6:26 pm #

    Thanks, Terry. I’m not going to stop. I’m just mad because I have to spend the time to find a new theme and figure how to make the transition. I hope you have a good time at the Ohio conference. It’s just not working out so that I can be there.

  4. Emily Akin October 28, 2017 at 6:27 pm #

    You’re right, of course. As I told Terry, I’m just mad because I’m inconvenienced by the time it will take to convert to a new theme. And we are supposed to have thick skins. Jerry Jenkins calls his critiques “thick-skinned” critiques.

  5. Paula October 28, 2017 at 6:36 pm #

    “The only person who likes change is a wet baby.” ~ http://www.paulageister.com

    I was told not to change the look of my blog too often because readers want consistency. They want to know my message is consistent too and I try to make sure I don’t go off on tangents. Occasionally, however, I throw in a something different. I have themes for my posts, but we all deal with change and I believe my posts can reflect that.

    As far as technology/internet use, the changes occur faster than you can say, “If you agree, type Amen and share!” LOL

    Semper Gumby (always flexible. even when it’s frustrating)

  6. Emily Akin October 28, 2017 at 7:01 pm #

    Thanks for commenting, Paula. I’ll have to change the theme, but I’ll try to keep the same color scheme and overall design. I’m overly sensitive to change right now, because we are probably going to move within the next year (same town, just different house.)

  7. Crickett Keeth October 28, 2017 at 9:53 pm #

    Emily, I always love your blog posts. They are full of helpful information and just fun to read. And thank you for telling us about the MailChimp change for subscribers. I use Mailchimp but I didn’t know about the single versus double opt in. I’m going to look at it.
    Thanks for all the helpful tips you give us in your posts. I look forward to getting them every Sat.

  8. Emily Akin October 29, 2017 at 7:31 am #

    Hmmm. You should have gotten an email from MailChimp. Maybe they are doing it gradually, a few subscribers at a time? If everyone logs on at once, they might have a site crash. I enjoy your blog, too.

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