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Sending an automatic email to your blog’s visitors with each new post is a powerful way to reach them.
And today, we are rolling out new and improved email subscription to help you grow and maintain your followers.
All of this is live now for our Pro blogs on Edublogs.org and will soon be available on our Edublogs Campus networks too!
- Choose from immediate, daily, or weekly emails
- Import subscribers with a CSV file
- See a list of your subscribers to know who’s getting the emails
- A nifty Follow button like the one above
- Export a list of all subscribers
1. Head over to the Subscriptions > Settings in your blog’s dashboard.
2. Check the different options to personalize the emails that are sent out. You really won’t have to make any changes, but if you’d like the “Follow” button to show, enable it here.
3. Go to Appearance > Widgets and add the Email Subscription widget to a sidebar. This will give your visitors an easy way to subscribe themselves.
4. That’s it! You can manage and see a list of your subscribers at Subscriptions > Subscribers.
Tips and Ideas
For class blogs, add all students and parents as email subscribers with one one click using the new import tool (Subscriptions > Add Subscribers) to ensure they are all getting updates.
If you post a ton, change over to daily or weekly digests so that your followers don’t get bombarded with loads of emails.
We’re hopeful that these improved tools will only increase the communication abilities that blogs provide.
If you need any help getting started, contact our support team and we’ll get you fixed up!
We are happy to announce the release today of two new exciting features for our Pro and Edublogs Campus users!
Easy Image Widget
Have you ever wanted to add a badge, photo, or other image to the sidebar of your blog?
Before now, it took pasting in some HTML code to get it to work – but now this new widget makes it a breeze!
How to use:
- From your dashboard, go to the ‘Plugins‘ menu
- Activate the ‘Image Widget‘ plugin
- Go to Appearance > Widgets
- Drag the ‘Image Widget‘ to your chosen sidebar
- Upload the image or badge from your computer
- Press ‘Save‘
- The Image widget plugin is automatically activated on all blogs on Edublogs Campus and there is no need to activate it in Plugins.
- So if you are using an Edublogs Campus blog just go to Appearance > Widgets and you’ll see the Image Widget in your available widget area.
For you power users out there, you will love the new ‘Custom CSS‘ item under the ‘Appearance‘ menu item of your blog.
If you know a bit of CSS (which stands for Cascading Style Sheets), then you will be able to change different attributes of your theme, including colors, fonts, spacing, and more.
Our favorite resource for more information, code examples, and tips on CSS can be found here.
Stay tuned for more exciting announcements coming soon!
In case you missed it, we just wrapped up our first Teacher Challenge series – 30 days to kick start your blogging!
Hundreds of educators from around the globe participated in 8 challenges over the course of four weeks. Together with mentors, bloggers of all experience levels had the opportunity to really step up their game.
And if you missed out, it is never too late to work through the challenges at your own pace!
Here are the beginner and advanced challenges in their entirety:
Now that we’ve all gotten our blogs up and running, don’t forget that starting this Monday is 30 days to get your students blogging…
Bookmark or subscribe to the Teacher Challenge main blog to join in!
Right up there with running more and eating healthier, keeping up with the blogs I like to follow has been my easy way out of New Year’s resolutions the past few years.
How many of you out there have also spent a good amount of time setting up your Google Reader only to let the new articles pile up so much that you give up on reading them all?
As an alternative, I’ve recently moved over to Facebook, a site I probably visit too often as it is, as my “feed reader” of choice.
If you haven’t done the same already, or if you are looking for better ways to keep up with the news and blogs that interest you, hopefully the quick overview below will help you out.
First, there are some drawbacks to the Facebook only method. There are many blogs, especially some of the newer or individual educator blogs, out there that don’t yet have their own Facebook page or RSS feed in their profile. These blogs can’t (as far as I can tell) be brought into your Facebook news feed.
And if you are one of those bloggers who isn’t yet importing your feed to Facebook, this recent article by italkless.com has a good overview on how it can be done.
So how do you turn Facebook into an excellent news reader?
Start off by making sure you “like” or “friend” all of your favorite bloggers, news sources, and websites. You will now find their articles and latest posts right in your live news feed in Facebook!
While that is all you really have to do, you might want to create a new Facebook list and take advantage of the new live feed filtering options in Facebook.
You will see in the image below that I have created a facebook list that includes all of my favorite news sources. This makes it easy to catch up on the latest posts when I don’t feel like seeing the status updates of all my friends at the same time.
Create your list and then click on the down arrow in the upper right corner of your facebook homepage or news feed to filter.
You might notice that I have a “limited profile” list too. That is where I keep all of my former students and I greatly limit what they can and can’t see on my profile – but that is for a whole different post. :)
Here are a few more more posts and tips about feed readers and RSS you might find useful:
- Setting up Feedburner RSS and email subscription to your blog
- Add your student blogs to a folder in Google Reader
- A glossary to demystify the jargon of the online world
This week in the Edublog world
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Summing it up
What do you think about using Facebook as a feed reader?
Do you like mixing your personal/social life on facebook with work or news?