Learned something important from my momma the other day. (Hi Mom!) She called to say she liked the Elephant for Anders. I said, “Oh cool! You subscribed to my blog?” She said, “No, I just went to the site. How do I subscribe? Do I have to pay for it?”
LESSON: subscribing isn’t what it used to be and perhaps your mother isn’t the only one confused by this…
So yes, you can still pay for a magazine or newspaper “subscription” and it will arrive, wrapped in plastic in your mailbox, but with the advent of online publication, the traditional use of the word has morphed into…a button–a button that looks like this on my website: . It’s over on the right hand side of your screen. If you click on that button, this screen will open up:
Just click on the reader of your choice or click the “get pollymac design delivered by email” link and the rest is EZ. Subscribing to a blog is usually TOTALLY FREE and if you subscribe to someone’s blog, they think you are awesome, supportive, and interested in what they have to say which inspires them to write more. Blogging is hard work and subscribers make it all worth while.
Even though it’s free, you might be asking: why subscribe? For the same reason you paid for a subscription in the past–because you like what you see, you find it useful or entertaining, and you’d like to get more. I subscribe to at least 25 blogs through a Google Reader and the most important subscriptions I have sent directly to my email inbox. It saves time and money and keeps me actively learning.
So Mom, if you stumble across a blog that you like (he hem), look for the subscribe button (they all look basically the same). If you have any questions, just give me a ring. And, if anyone reading needs a blogger, needs to set up a blog, or needs advice on how to get more traffic to a website using a blog, you are welcome to call or email me. I’d be happy to help.