Monday, April 09, 2007

Creative Gene Blog Posts Delivered by Email

Now you can have the latest Creative Gene blog posts delivered to your email box! If you're one of the many people who don't use RSS feed readers to follow the Creative Gene blog, you'll be happy to know that you can have excerpts from my blog sent to you daily so you don't have to keep checking back here to see what's new.

On the side of this blog post there is a box where you can enter your email address to sign up for email delivery. I'm also displaying an image of what you will receive in your email. Just click on the image to view it larger. You will see right off that it's a nice clean page with no ads or promotions. At the bottom of every page is a link to unsubscribe should you so desire.

Here's some information from the FeedBlitz web site:

Blogs and RSS feeds are booming - but readers typically need custom software called an aggregator to get the content. Or you can use web-based services, but then you have to be online to read the feeds, and let's not get started about the whole pop-up, spyware thing.

It's a pain, particularly if you're just exploring a feed or two. Surely there has to be a better way? Isn't there a way to use what you already have to get to all this content and explore all the excitement?

There is a better way. FeedBlitz.

Subscribe Using Email, Powered By FeedBlitz

Email is ubiquitous. Everyone has email. FeedBlitz monitors the information you care about and delivers it to your inbox. Simple. No popups - ever. No gurus required. No software to install. And because it's email, unlike typical web services, you can look at the content offline in your email software - on your laptop, phone, PDA, at the airport, wherever you can read your mail.

Multiple Feeds, One Daily Email. Each night (US East Coast) the free service checks on your feeds, figures out the changes, and sends you a single, easy to read email with all the information at your fingertips. If there are no changes, you won't get a message, so FeedBlitz won't clutter up your email system with worthless emails. Even with an online aggregator having a daily digest backup is useful, as your email software has search, sort and indexing capabilities that many aggregators simply don't.

Clearly Private

All you share with FeedBlitz is an email address. To avoid spamming, you must confirm your registration. The Feed's owner will see your email address when you subscribe - but you can choose to subscribe anonymously if you wish. We have a comprehensive privacy policy, and FeedBlitz is monitored to help prevent any abuse. Your trust is vital to our success, and we will do our best to win and preserve it.

All FeedBlitz emails are easily identified with "[FeedBlitz]" in the subject line so you can easily manage your subscription. All unsubscribe requests are honored immediately.[More]

I signed myself up for email delivery so I could see what my readers would see. I would not recommend this service to you without personally checking it out myself. Their privacy policy is reasonable and unsubscribing is easy. And the best part is it's free to sign up and you can add other blog feeds as well even if they don't have a sign-up box on their blog. It's a great idea!

On a side note... Recently, Randy wrote an article asking if blog posts "work" for genealogical societies. Here's my thoughts on this: FeedBlitz is a great option for a genealogical society blog because it's a simple way to deliver society information directly to members' (or potential members') email box without them having to go through the learning curve of using RSS feeds and feed readers to stay current on new posts. It's the perfect option for doing away with a traditional newsletter by essentially becoming a newsletter... it would be the society's latest news delivered as an email "letter". Simple, easy. For all involved.

Alright everybody, go sign up now!