Moved to MailChimp Email Subscriptions

I realized after posting my last blog post that I should have mentioned that I moved my email subscribers over to MailChimp.  I used Feedburner for over a decade but was recently reading rumours of it being on the hit-list to be retired by Google who quite some time ago bought the service.  

Knowing that this was to happen eventually, I decided to look into moving my subscribers over to a better and more widely known email subscription service.  MailChimp is a free service up to 2,000 subscribers which gives me a goal to work towards.  I currently sit at 15 so I have a long, long ways to go.

Why should I subscribe?

If you are like me and read several blogs, you know that it can be quite time consuming to type in the URL (or click on a bookmark) to get to each of those blogs to either have a fresh blog post to read or move on because there isn’t.  When you subscribe to a blog by email, each time there is a new post, it is emailed directly to your inbox without you having to visit the website.

How do I subscribe?

If you aren’t already subscribed to this blog, you can enter your first name and email address and click on the “Sign up” button at the top of the left hand side bar under the main menu.

MailChimp subscribe

Because I have my subscriber list configured for “double opt-in”, MailChimp will send you an email to confirm your subscription.  You will need to click on the “Yes, subscribe me to this list.” It will not send you any other emails (from my website) until you confirm your subscription.

MailChimp confirmation

How do I unsubscribe?

With any email that is sent via MailChimp, there are options at the bottom of the email to easily unsubscribe and change your subscription options.  To unsubscribe, simply click on the “unsubscribe from this list” link at the bottom of the email.

MailChimp unsubscribe

The only downfall of having moved to MailChimp, is that I have lost my RSS subscribers.  I felt that the move to MailChimp was worth the loss considering the type of people who read this blog.  I was a techie in my previous life and it is mostly techies that subscribe to RSS feeds.  I talk a bit about RSS subscriptions in my “How to subscribe to a website” post which I will need to update because, guess what, Google retired Google Reader making the technical aspect of that post obsolete.