new features at Buffet o’ Blog

Today I’m going to tell you about some of the recent upgrades here at Buffet o’ Blog.

You may have noticed the new check-box next to where you leave your comments.   If you check it and leave a comment, you will receive new comments on that post via e-mail.  That way, if there’s a post you want to follow but don’t want to check back at the blog all the time to see if anyone has written on it, you just check the box and you’ll get an e-mail when someone writes a new comment.

If you are a regular reader here (or want to be) and you want to receive all the comments in your feed reader or by e-mail, we now have that option.  With the e-mail options you will receive one e-mail per day containing all the comments on the blog from the past 24 hours.  If there were no new comments, there is no e-mail.  The instructions for subscribing to this is explained in detail on the new “Subscribe” page.

And of course you can receive the new posts via e-mail or in a feed reader.  I’ve mentioned that before.  Those instructions are also on the “Subscribe” page.

our subscription options, which help us both

I realize it’s not convenient for everyone to visit the blog on a regular basis.  Maybe you aren’t allowed to browse the Internet at work, or maybe keeping up with numerous blogs takes up more free time than you typically have.  Or maybe you would just like an easier way to keep track of new content at your favorite blogs.   Or on a semi-related note, perhaps you would like to support this blog but don’t have any spare money to donate.

We now have two options for having new posts and comments delivered to you.  (And these options benefit both you and me.)

The newest option we have is that you can subscribe by e-mail.  Once a day (if there is a new post), you will receive an e-mail featuring the post(s) from that day.  With most e-mail programs, the images are included, although sometimes the formatting may vary from how it displays through your web browser.   There’s also a link below the post that takes you to the comments for that post.

If you have a feed-reader program, you can subscribe via the RSS feed (there’s the link, and it’s also in the sidebar).  That’s a handy way to keep up with multiple blogs.  New posts and comments show up like e-mails do in your inbox.  From there you can read them and then go to the site to add your own comments.  I’ve used SharpReader some, which is free.  There’s quite a few to choose from, though.

With both of these options, I have inserted a Google AdSense ad at the bottom of the posts.  This is to make a few extra dollars.   (Before anyone complains, please remember that the blog is absolutely free.  Also, I am now self-employed and not making much money, so everything helps.)  The ads are unobtrusive, and they should always be clean / family-friendly (if not, please let me know).  Also, I don’t beg you for money, so you don’t have to put up with that.  And if you want to support the blog, you can subscribe with one of those methods, and it costs you nothing.  You can’t beat that with a stick.   🙂  And if you’d rather not subscribe, that’s fine.  There’s no pressure, there will be no grudges, and you can still visit the blog all you want.  It’s all good.

Thank you, drive thru…

your secrets revealed to all

I got a spam e-mail that appeared to be from me — not my alias, but my e-mail address.  The subject line said, “Your secrets revealed to all”.  Is that supposed to fool me into thinking I should open it?  I know for certain that I didn’t send that e-mail to myself.  So what is their purpose?  How is that supposed to work?

dumb spam e-mails

Unfortunately e-mail spam is a part of life now, so we might as well laugh at it when we can.  Recently I got an e-mail from an unknown name with a subject of :

***SPAM*** Hi

Uhh, is that supposed to make me want to open it?  How dumb can spammers get?

But the stupidity doesn’t stop there!  Just the other day I got a spam e-mail that had my e-mail address as the “from” address, and the subject was “February 76% OFF”.  Um, is that supposed to fool me into thinking it’s a valid e-mail?  Like I would send myself an e-mail with that subject line and then not remember it at all?  Stupid…