One Less Thing Is Free As of Today

11 Aug

SimplyHeadlines, the email service I use to try and keep up with all the blogs I read, has decided to start charging monthly for their service.  I really liked the format, which was sort of like a newspaper with each blog being a separate section and each post being a separate article, but not enough to pay for it – especially since I get behind and end up deleting quite a few.  This is the same reason I quit buying the local paper – I was just transferring our recycled newspaper print from the printing office to the landfill, unopened and unread.

I’m not good at just scanning a post title/headline and then not reading the post//article.  Then I get caught up in reading other people’s comments, and if a comment is especially interesting I end up visiting that person’s website (yes, I’m easily distracted and waylaid), and then there’s the time I spend leaving comments (which some of you know can be the length of a small story).  With the newspaper, I would usually end up on the Internet trying to verify something I’ve read or find out more about a story because I generally don’t trust our media.  Is it any wonder I’m always behind?  Nor should it be any wonder that it was a waste of good money for me to take the paper edition of the Orlando Sentinel; thus, I’ll not waste good money paying for SimplyHeadlines.  Therefore, I must bid this convenience a fond adieu.

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NOTE:  Email subscriptions of this blog and my other blog made through FeedBlitz continue to be FREE.

4 Responses to “One Less Thing Is Free As of Today”

  1. DrowseyMonkey August 11, 2009 at 9:16 PM #

    I’ve never used that service, but it is frustrating when services you’re used to having access to without charge start charging a fee. I’ve often feared blogger would go that route – let’s hope not! Same with FB.

    • Faerie♥Kat August 12, 2009 at 10:14 AM #

      Since I use Mozilla’s FireFox, I don’t see any of the ads that I normally would see on most of the websites I visit if I visit those same websites using Internet Explorer. I had no idea this was so until a friend was blogging about visiting one of the sites advertised on her blog — and I couldn’t find it! I wrote to tell her the ad was missing and she checked — no, it was there. No, I insisted, it wasn’t. Back and forth we went, discovering that (to me) all her ads were missing. Finally figured out that FireFox (I luvs FireFox) was blocking all the ads, which I could see perfectly fine if I used IE (I hates IE). So, if FaceBook wants to start putting up ads to generate revenue (which maybe they do already–how would I know?), I hope that’s the route they take. I still can’t figure out how WordPress.com manages to stay free, but I think it has something to do with being a testing ground for WordPress.org (which is not free). Have no idea how Blogger does it. —– Original Message —–

  2. Marvin August 26, 2009 at 8:16 PM #

    Eh, I use Google Reader. It works well enough.

    • Faerie♥Kat August 27, 2009 at 1:44 PM #

      I suddenly realized the very email subscription service I offer on my own website (the envelope), which is run by FeedBlitz (http://www.feedblitz.com/), will do the same thing SimplyHeadlines did — so I added all my feeds to FeedBlitz and I’m getting everyone’s posts through email once again. My problem is that I have to remember to go to Google Reader (it’s my reader of choice, too), whereas I never forget to go to my email inbox! Especially with Tom Hank’s voice telling me “You’ve got mail.” Hmmm, sexy! —– Original Message —–

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