Converting to Mailchimp

OK, I need to share some technical details with my email subscribers and I decided to do it with a blog post so everyone could get the information, which might be useful to other bloggers as well.

In the next few weeks I will be converting from Feedburner to Mailchimp for all email subscribers to Our Happy Acres. Many subscribers prefer to receive their updates and blog posts via email, and Feedburner has been a popular free service that offers that feature. But last fall Google decided to drop all support for Feedburner, leaving its future status in doubt. And rather than wait for Feedburner to go away, I decided to be pro-active and find a replacement sooner rather than later!

Truthfully, I’ve never been happy with the ‘look’ of the Feedburner emails anyway. And after experimenting with Mailchimp for several months now, and liking the results, I’ve decided to make the switch.

Current subscribers won’t have to do a thing. You should hopefully notice an improvement in the formatting of the Mailchimp version of articles. They will look a little more like the online version of Our Happy Acres, and will have links to allow you to comment directly on the blog, or to view the article in a browser  if you’re having trouble with it in your email reader.

As always, I value all of you who read this blog, and I would never share your information with anyone else, or try and sell you anything! You can always unsubscribe at any time by clicking on the link provided in the email. Of course I hope you’ll stick around, and I hope that Mailchimp will improve your reading experience.

I’ll be back with another post soon. Until then, Happy Growing to all of you from Happy Acres!

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2 Responses to Converting to Mailchimp

  1. Hello Happy Acres, I am also Moving from feedburner to mailchimp. From your piece it looks as if subscribers won’t have to re-opt in to Mailchimp? Is that true? You were professional enough to send them a letter though explaining the transition. Why would you do this if he transition were see less? Also… I didn’t have first and last names on feedburner. Just email addresses. So I had to enter all the names next to the email addresses on the Mailchimp subscriber list manager. Will this matter? Thanx for your help. Shelly

    • Dave says:

      I had to import the list of subscribers from Feedburner to Mailchimp. I decided it was important to explain to my subscribers what was going on before I made the switch. For one reason, the emails will be coming from a different source, even though they might have the same ‘from’ address. And the format will be different. I don’t believe they had to opt-in when I made the switch, but I can’t remember for sure. I don’t think the names matter except for your own use. I didn’t have, and still don’t have the names of most of my subscribers. Good luck!

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