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Confessions of a Subscription Ignoramus


I’m probably the worst blog strategist on the planet. When starting this blog, I seriously doubted that anyone would read it… and up until recently never thought much about subscriptions. People told me a blog should be “subscribe-able”—so I found the quickest plug-in, activated it, and never thought about it again. In fact, over time, I actually inadvertantly had two different email entries to subscribe to this blog.

One of my summer goals was to redesign the blog and finally get a grip on subscriptions. I never even bothered to figure out what services I was using or how they functioned. So, if you are a subscriber—THANK YOU for putting up with my ignorance and lack of attention to this feature. I’m writing to inform you that, with the help of others more intelligent than I, we finally have a long-term solution of subscription management.

I share this for two reasons. First, perhaps  you stop by here frequently and never thought of subscribing—well, now would be a great time. There are two basic ways to subscribe, which I will detail below. Subscribing simply means the content comes to you—rather than you having to remember to look it up.

Second, perhaps you or someone you know subscribed some time ago. I’m afraid we may have lost some in the transition. I’ve never tracked it, so I really don’t know. You may need to re-subscribe. Also, some have entered email addresses with typos, so the intended email subscriptions were never activated. Either way, here’s the set-up now:

Email Subscription: At the bottom right of the homepage (before the footer), there’s a simple email entry box that will subscribe you to a weekly email update. This will include any new posts from the week and will come to your email address. I will never do anything else with your email address. If you choose to subscribe—I’m grateful that you would allow me to have some small influence in your life. (If you received this post via email, you are all set!)

RSS Subscription: Most people don’t use RSS. If you enjoy reading blogs and other recurring internet content, you should discover and set up RSS. There are lots of options for RSS readers (I use Google Reader) and lots of Apps to use on various devices. RSS is a simple way to pull every new post on this blog (or any other) into a reader format that constantly pulls new content into your reading line up. If you choose to subscribe to RSS, you should just be able to enter into the reader software of your choice.

(By the way, subscribing is free, in case your wondering.)

I apologize for being subscription deficient. I hope you will consider subscribing or encouraging someone else to, and if you do, thank you. I am grateful that you find something here worth reading or passing a long to others. I’ll do my best to be a faithful steward of your time and attention—your two most valuable resources.

By the way—I would really like some feedback on the new blog design. In particular, I’m wondering if the home page should be a simple, long list-view of recent blog posts (like it used to be) or if the current rotating images of recent posts is acceptable… or if it even matters. (This question is somewhat irrelevant for subscribers, but I’d still like your opinion.) Please shoot me an email or leave a comment with your thoughts. I would love to hear from you.

Thanks for taking a moment to let me address “blog stuff!”

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  • Bro. Schmidt,

    We are thankful that you choose to share with us the insights that God has given to you.

    I like seeing a list of your most recent blog posts so that I can easily tell if I have missed anything. However, if I get each new blog post by email, that point may be moot.

    God bless!

    Pastor Tim Benefield

  • Thanks Brother Schmidt!

    I downloaded Google Reader to my android phone and entered and, ta-da! Thank you!

    God bless,
    Pastor Joe

  • Bro Schmidt,

    Reading your blog has been a blessing to me and my wife not only as Christians but as young parents as well. Thank you for your encouraging and edifying posts. I share them with my friends often.

    I personally have subscribed via Google reader and always look forward to reading your updates and posts.

    As far as the home page I like the list view better. It just seems easier and faster to get to the content I’m looking for. I think the website as a whole looks very sharp and I do like the rotator at the top of the home page.

    God Bless,
    Bro. Matt

  • Dear Pastor Cary,

    Thank you for your blogs and for pointing out how to subscribe via email. It is a real blessing to be able to gain some further knowledge and encouragment from you during the week. I can’t say enough how thankful we are to have you as our Pastor in Connecticut.

    God Bless,

  • Pastor,

    I’m a visitor, who happened to attend your first service in Newington, thanks to a timely invite by the Colella Family.

    I found your website and blog on my own, (OK – Google helped) and I must compliment you on your insight, creativity and nearly perfect spelling and grammar. (See: Comedy’s rule of 3’s)

    I’ve read about your brush with cancer and personally, I believe you came out of it with a much better haircut, among other gifts and blessings which cannot even be measured. Praise God for good hair!

    You have a keen photographic eye and we owe it to our friends to share the simple beauty God has created for us to see, if we will only open our eyes. Isn’t digital photography awesome? Vermont is my favorite getaway state, and you have captured some uniquely beautiful scenes and memories through your lenses. Thank you, Nikon D2.

    To the blog / website. I don’t know how you keep up. The entire extended web presence for EBC is extremely well laid out and very professionally done, so you should be proud. Creativity and creative writing is a God-given gift, as is a sense of humor and the ability to deliver a powerful message while making people laugh, smile, cry and act. The website is an equally powerful extension of your face-to-face Ministry.

    For now, I prefer to surf by almost daily and pick my way around, like rifling through the plastic grass in an Easter Basket. Oh look! Another chocolate egg I missed! Clicking is all a part of the fun.

    Please keep it up, and as more people stumble upon your words and images, your following will no doubt grow. You might even include the web address on your closing slide…

    I join everyone in welcoming you and your family to Newington, the town where I grew up in the 60’s and 70’s. I pray that I will be less long-winded and more to-the-point in the future. This is a prayer I am still waiting to be answered.

    Therefore, I pray for strength, knowing that God will cut me off whenever He is

  • Thank you for telling the story of the Fernadez family. I too, am from New England (way up ‘they-ah’ in Maine) I was blessed to be a part of soulwinning church and had a wonderful time growing up in the Northeast. We are thrilled you are now part of the East coast and the cold Atlantic Ocean! Looking forward this summer to visiting your church on vacation.

    I think the new website/ blog site looks great. Everything is new for you: house, church, neighborhood so the new web site fits well. Praise the Lord for warm hearts toward our Saviour. We know God can change cold hearts, but Bro. Schmidt what can we do about those Massachusetts’ drivers? Love the city of Boston, but it is dangerous to drive into that city….. Although, I have never driven in Los Angelos trafffic!

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