Can subscribers be notified whenver I UPDATE a blog entry?

Travel Forums System Talk Can subscribers be notified whenver I UPDATE a blog entry?

1. Posted by MarcJohnson (Budding Member 15 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Hi there

I would like to have one blog entry that contains my "upcoming" / confirmed itinerary for the next few days / weeks.

But it doesn't seem that subscribers can be notified about UPDATES?

It only seems that I can notify subscribers for NEW blog posts (on the 1st publish) - I don't see any setting to update for ALL publishes?

Thanks
Marc

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5760 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

That is correct. For most uses of blogs, most subscribers would find it very annoying to get an email whenever the author of a blog post would go back to fix a typo or somesuch, and the system has no way to distinguish between types of edits.

FWIW, if your readers subscribe to the blog through a feed reader, the feed will indicate that the blog post has been updated, which I believe would show up in some fashion in most (?) feed readers.

3. Posted by MarcJohnson (Budding Member 15 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Thanks Sander.

Perhaps it would then be very helpful to also have a checkbox when I update a blog to give me an option whether to notify subscribers? That would be coool

thanks
Marc

4. Posted by Psamathe (Budding Member 261 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

I don't know about the blog system here but, create a new blog post, cut/paste the old content and update and delete the old post (maybe put "Itinerary Updated <date>" in the title)?

I suspect most people use a blog as a record of events rather than current status. How many people do you expect to be reading your itinerary updates? And why not e-mail them if it's so important they are made aware of such updates.

Lots of specialist options used by very few would normally create work for developers, those maintaining it and complexity for most users.

Ian

5. Posted by MarcJohnson (Budding Member 15 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Hi Ian

Thanks good idea about posting as a new blog post.

I didn't realise I could email all my subscribers? I only have 1 family member as a test subscriber currently; and don't see an "email subscriber(s)" option? Or do you mean if I extract all the email addresses into a separate mail application?

I don't know ultimately how many subscribers I might have; perhaps in 100s or maybe 1000s? Initially I won't be actively trying to grow the base.

Regards
Marc

6. Posted by Psamathe (Budding Member 261 posts) 3w 1 Star this if you like it!

Quoting MarcJohnson

Hi Ian
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I didn't realise I could email all my subscribers? I only have 1 family member as a test subscriber currently; and don't see an "email subscriber(s)" option? Or do you mean if I extract all the email addresses into a separate mail application?
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Just use a standard e-mail client as you'd use to send any e-mail. How many people need to be getting updates to your itinerary? Reality, how many people will be watching your itinerary so closely that they need notification about every change?

Problem is that public blogging systems are not custom solutions and most people don't have loads of people watching every detail of small changes (that don't warrant a new post). If you want a custom solution you'll need to look for a software developer, hosting solution, etc. and bottom line is the significant costs would be better spent travelling.

Most people you don't know looking at a blog will be interested in the places you've been, problems visiting interesting places, was the bus service unreliable, etc. and strangers following detail of itinerary changes is actually a bit creepy, bit like stalking.

Ian