Exciting news … we now have the latest blog post titles and dates for the blogs in the Quilting Bloggers Directory. You might remember we had this feature a couple of years ago, but it caused nothing but problems as it kept breaking. Well, now it’s back and it’s working very well! Woohoo!!
About 5% of the blogs don’t have RSS feeds that can be read correctly and their latest blog posts aren’t shown. That doesn’t mean that there is anything necessarily wrong with the blog, just that the script I’m using to access their RSS feed is unable to parse it correctly.
For those on Blogger/Blogspot: if your blog feed is not showing up, first try the instructions below that Pat in Florida was kind enough to send to me.
Within your Blogger dashboard, you need to turn on your blog feed, go to:
Click on other
Site feed: change to Allow Blog Feed Full
Then check your blog here to see if that worked. If not, use the Report Blog to send me a message indicating that you’ve done this and I’ll see if I can find another work around.
While implementing this change, I also took the time to update the directory by removing blogs that were gone and those that had not been updated in a year. Can I just say, this was a tonne of work, and boring as can be. More than 1,000 blogs were deleted. Yikes!
I am absolutely sure that I missed some blogs that should have been removed. So please, if you see one, just hit the Report Blog link to send me a message. The link appears next to each blog title/date and is unique for each blog. I would really appreciate your help to keep the directory up-to-date so that it is most enjoyable for all to use.
Also, if I removed your blog in error, my apologies, send me your blog address and I’ll investigate. You can check your blog’s status by using the Search and entering your blog address at the bottom of the page. If your blog needs changes, use the Report Blog link to tell me about them.
A Contest … Give-Aways
I was really disappointed as I went through the directory and deleted more than 1,000 quilting blogs. Each one that I removed it was like, oh no another one gone … almost like friends that have moved away. *sigh*
When I first started the Bloggers directory back in May 2008, I ran a Reach a Thousand Contest to help spread the word. It was wildly popular and I’d like to do something similar again to get new quilting blogs in the directory for you all to enjoy.
All you have to do is write a new blog post on your own blog and invite your readers to add their quilting-related blogs to the Quilting Bloggers Directory. You can use one of the graphics below if you like in your post. Once you’ve written your post, return to this page and leave a comment below telling me you did so and include the link to your blog post.
I have two 6-month gift certificates available to The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims. I just love this show! It works like a magazine subscription, so if you sign up mid June, you’ll get access to the shows released within the six months from your sign up date.
I’ll randomly pick two winners from those that are sharing on their blogs June 7, 2012 extended give-away date. If we have more than 50 entries, I’ll pick another two winners to receive a 6-pack of hand dyed fat quarters similar to these ones.
Winners have been notified via email. Thanks everyone for sharing.
Quilting Bloggers Logos
White background, width: 180px, height: 70px
White background, width: 150px, height: 58px
Coloured background with gold border, 125px square
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