April 14, 2021

"FollowByEmail widget (Feedburner) is going away."

So I am told by Blogger, "because your blog uses the FollowByEmail widget (Feedburner)."

The notice continues: "Recently, the Feedburner team released a system update announcement , that the email subscription service will be discontinued in July 2021. After July 2021, your feed will still continue to work, but the automated emails to your subscribers will no longer be supported. If you’d like to continue sending emails, you can download your subscriber contacts. Learn how."

Ugh! I don't know if I can "learn how" to do anything like that, but I clicked through to "Feedburner help" and it says:

How to export your email subscribers to a CSV 

Once you have activated FeedBurner's Email Subscriptions service for your feed, you can easily export a list of your email subscribers.

1. Click Analyze, and select Subscribers.

2. Click FeedBurner Email Subscriptions, then click Manage Your Email Subscriber List. This opens a new page.

3. Under View Subscriber Details, click CSV (next to "Export").

Easily?!! First of all, that is all gibberish to me. Where do I click "Analyze"? Second of all, I'm just guessing that I could get a list of the email of all my subscribers but then it would be up to me to send them email every time I post. I don't see myself doing that. 

Perhaps there's an easy solution here, and you're someone who can explain it to me, but please understand that I have very low tolerance of any discussion of anything technical about computers. I'm already exhausted just writing this post. And looking up "CSV." 

You can email me here.

ADDED: Here's an article at TechCrunch: "Google’s FeedBurner moves to a new infrastructure but loses its email subscription service." 

If you’re an internet user of a certain age, chances are you used Google’s FeedBurner to manage the RSS feeds of your personal blogs and early podcasts at some point. During the Web 2.0 era, it was the de facto standard for feed management and analytics, after all.

Founded in 2004, with Dick Costolo as one of its co-founders (before he became Twitter’s CEO in 2010), it was acquired by Google in 2007. Ever since, FeedBurner lingered in an odd kind of limbo. While Google had no qualms shutting down popular services like Google Reader in favor of its ill-fated social experiments like Google+, FeedBurner just kept burning feeds day in and day out, even as Google slowly deprecated some parts of the service, most notably its advertising integrations.

I don’t know that anybody spent a lot of time thinking about the service and RSS has slowly (and sadly) fallen into obscurity, yet the service was probably easy enough to maintain that Google kept it going. And despite everything, shutting it down would probably break enough tools for publishers to create quite an uproar....

Feed owners will be able to download their email subscriber lists (and will be able to do so after July, too). With that, Blogger’s FollowByEmail widget will also be deprecated....

"If you’re an internet user of a certain age...." No, I'm beyond that age. I never understood it in the first place. I just feel bad if my readers are losing something....