Dear Subscribers to My Blog Post Feed,
Thank you for subscribing! There are many more of you than I realized—WOW! I set up FeedBurner (the service sending the emails of my blog posts) about a year ago, and really have no idea how it works, but I did something right, and you’re all there. Yahoo!! If you haven’t subscribed, it’s free, and it ensures that you will receive all posts in your inbox. To subscribe to blog posts, enter your email address in the box over there. ———>
I am writing to explain the email you received this morning, the password protected one. Sorry about that. Here’s what happened: I enjoy writing my weekly letter (a paid subscription) and building that community, so I thought I’d try recording a little audio blog for last week’s letter, and it worked! I got emails from letter subscribers like this one from Linda:
“I love your audio just as I love and enjoy your weekly letters. I know your lifestyle is real because I know you, have met you and your family, but for others who have not had the pleasure of meeting you, the audio brings to life YOUR life.It makes contact with you that is REAL. Good job!” thanks, Linda
That gave me another idea: what if I password protected a blog post, so letter subscribers could comment and discuss in a private group. Without further thought, I did it.
That’s what I do. I get an idea, and I go for it. Funny thing is, this week’s letter is about how I’m working on slowing my decision-making process down. Maybe I’ll start that tomorrow. Anyway, I got an idea, went for it, and it worked. Sort of. As soon as I clicked publish, it occurred to me that FeedBurner would send it to subscribers of general blog posts (you). I immediately logged in to FeedBurner to stop it, but couldn’t figure it out. So, I let it go.
Just a few years ago this would have eaten away at me. I would have felt dumb, under-qualified, like what-the-heck-do-you-think-you-are-doing? But today, I feel okay. I realize that many of you probably didn’t even open the email, others opened and deleted it. Some emailed me: “Hari, I got an email that says it’s password protected. Anyway, here’s what’s going on in my life. . .” (Thanks for sharing a bit of your life with me!)
I made a mistake, because I don’t really know what I’m doing, but I’m doing it anyway. That’s what happened. I’m sorry, and I hope you’ll forgive me. And if you’d like to subscribe to my weekly letter, I’d love to have you!
Here’s the thing:
Walking courageously means being okay with messing up. The possibility of making mistakes is much greater when we say “Yes, let’s” to life, but it keeps us learning, growing and living.
One more thing:
If you know how to stop a post from going to FeedBurner, I’m all ears.
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Be well, folks. And enjoy the season! I’ve included a collage I made with my new iPhone. I’m loving taking pictures of fall. I wish I could keep the leaves on the trees just a little bit longer. Ah, the passing of time.