Help wanted regarding RSS feed problems

I’m very glad I posted my little whine about the drop in readership, because I heard from a number of you about the RSS feed not working.  (Some of you had even told me before that post, but I needed a critical mass before I could start putting two and two together.)

My readership could be dropping because I’m boring, repetitive, and stale.  On the other hand, my webmaster suggests that, before I go off the deep end and hide, he should investigate whether I need a new feed.  You all can help.  He says:

I’d like to know what feed URL the people with problems are using and what RSS reader they are using.  If I can find some commonalities between the people having problems then I can probably figure this out.

Sounds good to me.  If it’s not too inconvenient, could you pass on to me your feed URL and RSS reader info?

Thank you!

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  • Andy

    I use
    The feed is
    I’ll not get any posts for several days and then a whole bunch will come in.

    Love your writing and thanks.

  • Indigo Red

    My BWR RSS feed goes to my iGoogle page. After your conversion, BWR updates maybe once per week. Because I know you often post more than once per day, I log-in frequently anyway. I’ve also noticed that Google RSS feeds don’t always work with conservative blogs, but I’ve never had an RSS problem with liberal blog feeds. Hmmm…

  • bizcor

    I just log into I don’t use RSS or any of that yet.
    I also have been very busy with work lately and that has prenvented me from logging in as frequently as I would like.
    It is my opinion that you are neither boring, nor repetative.

  • bizcor

    There is one other thing I might mention. when I log in the screem will stay gray for quite some time. eventually it will go back to white. the recurrs each time I choose to view comments on individual threads.

  • neocon hippie

    I use RSS 2.0 and it appears that it updates itself every week or so with a bunch of new posts. So I’ve been going to the home page instead to get your latest words of wit and wisdom.

  • Ymarsakar

    Google Reader.

    I use the two feeds at the bottom of this page here. Right at the real bottom.  It hasn’t changed yet.

  • Mike Devx

    I’ve also noticed in recent weeks that in my browser – Safari on an Apple Mac – if I am not LOGGED IN, then I cannot see recent comments. I am not sure if it was blocking comments from the last 24 hours, or from the last twelve hours…  I’m not sure what the deal was, and I found the restricted view of recent comments to be bizarre.

    For those in your readership who just want to visit your site and not go through the hassle of logging in (or even registering), where they just want to read your posts, and read comments, it’s possible that not being able to see any comments from the last twelve or twenty four hours might be slightly discouraging.

  • Ymarsakar

    Maybe the White House is taking up too much bandwidth and routing all RSS feeds to them first and then holding it up in red tape until the Prez gets done reading it first. Does that mean Obama reads your blog too, in addition to Andrew Sullivan’s? Could our Z be Obama?


  • Ron19

    Windows XP Professional, Internet Explorer 8, latest updates.

    The rollover box will say that the last update was 4 hours ago (setting = 4) or less if I just started up or did a manual update; however, it only actually updates once or twice per week.

    Other website (Patheos:  God and the Machine) does not have this problem.

    Also, the URL above is not going to blue until a minute or so into the commenting.  Hence only the second one above is clickable.  Also the same time delay until the page looks normal, although this may be me;  I find myself waiting for “the other shoe to drop.”

    When I first started using the RSS feed a few months ago, I loved it because a single RSS feed for comments would show any and all new comments on any and all posts, all in one drop down menu.  No need to set up a separate comment feed for each post.  This functionality is gone.

  • Ron19

    That’s it, make a liar out of me!

    When I was creating comment #9, only the second was clickable in the edit box.

  • MacG

    Bizcor I have the same grey/white thing happen. It is maddening as about halfway into typing the first line the font will be nice and normal then it will do its color change with the screen expanding and contracting and bumping me so the comment reply window is no longer the active portion of the page and once I look up I find that I must scroll down and renter the reply window and retype what I had been typing out of the window (yes I type while lookin at the keyboard – splains a lot huh?:) )

  • Ymarsakar

    Actually, that’s a problem with Book’s comment system. It’s been on the fritz for years. If you quoted some html and pasted it in, and you keep typing, it’ll somehow warp things back to 2001.

  • MacG

    Oh yeah in post eleven above I am using Firefox latest edition and Win7 64bit pro

  • Mike Devx

    Ymar, I like your #8.  Could Obama be our interloper ‘Z’?  The pedantic prose certainly fit!  :-)

  • Bookworm

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thanks to all of you for giving me such useful information. I’m passing it on to Trip, and we’ll see what he can make of it.

  • shirleyelizabeth

    I originally was following your posts on Google Reader by having just entered your home page address into the “follow this site” box. When I noticed your posts no longer showing up I used the RSS link from your page and chose to follow through Google Reader. Problem persists.
    As another reader mentioned, it also takes much time for each page to load fully, which is noted in both Google Chrome and Firefox. But I just figure I should pay for faster connection if I care about that.

  • DarcsFalcon

    Also the with the Google Reader. It’s been posting several posts (in the 10-12 range) all at once about once a week.

  • Ymarsakar

    Mike Devx: We are the ones we have been waiting for.

  • DL Sly

    I guess I’m just old fashioned, I still use my original Yahoo pages to aggregate everything I consider potentially interesting.  (No, I really don’t care to hear about all the others out there, thankyouverymuch. 0>;~}) 
    FWIW, your link on my page is up-to-date…today. 
    Anyway, this is my RSS URL feed on Yahoo:

  • Ymarsakar

    Hey Sly, you’re still ahead of Book here. She doesn’t use aggregators. At all

  • Ymarsakar

    Don’t forget the comment feed RSS. That one is yet to be working.

  • marcpuck

    I also use GReader, which is feeding your posts once a week. But I have Opera, too, and its feed reader aggregates your posts as they appear on site.

  • Mike Devx

    Ymar jokes: We are the ones we have been waiting for.

    Gee, thanks, Ymar.  That saying is one of my HUGE irritants.

    It sounds sooooo very good when you hear it, and all the kewl kidz nodded their heads in unison at the Great Obama when he spoke yeah verily to them in 2008.  “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for!”   “Yeah, man, cool, that’s cool, so very cool, man.”   Yes, they were with it.

    But when you look at it on paper, it becomes clear just how ridiculous a statement it is.  

    We are the ones we’ve been waiting for?  Think about it:  What kind of losers sit around waiting for themselves?  Why have they been sitting around waiting for so long when they were already there???

    But like everything else from the Great Mouth Of Obama, it comes out slick and superficial, and if you’re not paying attention, you tend to nod right along with our Pied Piper.

    Smart Dude walks into a room, sees Other Dude on couch.  “Hey, Other Dude, whatcha up to?  You’ve been just sitting on that couch doing nothing… for like days, man.”

    Other Dude replies with vast calmness: “I am the one I am waiting for.”

    Smart Dude: “What?  Huh?”

    Other Dude looks at him with great patience, you might say the patience of a cow, and repeats: “I am the one I am waiting for.”

    Smart Dude: “Why are you waiting for yourself?  You’re already here!  There’s no one to frickin’ wait FOR!”

    Other Dude’s brow furrows for a bit, then clears.  “I am the one I am waiting for.  But I need to hear Obama tell me I don’t have to wait anymore.  Then I’ll be the one I’ve BEEN waiting for.”

    Smart Dude: “Well, whatever floats your boat, Waiting Boy.”

    Other Dude: “The Obama World is a whole new world.  Everything will make sense to you, if you just believe.”

  • ExPreacherMan

    Think about any read your articles often.
    I don’t use any liberal Google apps or programs for anything.
    My versatile RSS feeder is Feed Demon — a free downloadable program that updates any and all new articles from many web sites who are feed capable.
    It brings new feeds any time you load the program.. and does not interfere with bandwidth when dormant.
    In Jesus Christ eternally, Jack

  • MacG

    ExPreacherMan, FeedDemon, what strange bedfellows coalescence against liberal news feeds make… :) IHS, MacG

  • ExPreacherMan

    Very interesting observation!! Never thought about it — but being an eternally secure believer in Christ I am safe from demons, liberals  — and Google. I don’t dabble in any of the above.
    I am trying to get the Visual Comment Editor (like yours) on my WordPress web site but have been unable to do so. Do you know or can you put me in touch with your web Guru privately?
    In Jesus Christ eternally, Jack

  • Ymarsakar

    Z, or Zachriel, was a commenter here before Book decided to block his Majesty. And Z, as we all started terming him, a sort of short hand to remove some of his aggregated self importance and formality, liked to using the Royal We at certain times when he couldn’t frustrate our arguments or out argue our logic.

    This is an explanation for those that weren’t in the “know” so to speak. 

  • Karl

    After I noticed that the absence of messages coming through the RSS feed did not correspond with a similar absence of posts on your blog, I went through and resubscribed through a different link on the site.  I just went to Google Reader and pulled up the statistics for the feed:
    Feed URL:
    Posts per week: 13.5
    Subscribers: 484
    Last updated: 4:18 PM (14 minutes ago)
    Hope this helps…

  • Gringo

    Mike Devx
    I’ve also noticed in recent weeks that in my browser – Safari on an Apple Mac – if I am not LOGGED IN, then I cannot see recent comments.
    Mike, I have noticed the same [Firefox on XP Pro]. The way I have found around it is to click on the title of the thread. Once I do that, all the comments appear.
    I don’t do RSS, so I have nothing to add.
    The problems with pasting MS word into comments, and the inability to put in embedded links into comments, have already been discussed more than once.
    Y, Mike: We are the ones we have been waiting for.
    NObama was trying to drop some kool in-the-know interlecshual reference. Alice Walker, who like NObama is the product of an interracial marriage. wrote a book  titled We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting for: Inner Light in a Time of Darkness.
     The reason that the Z-Team/Zachriel/Z used the royal “we” was that it was a team. From the way that  Z comments came fast and furious at times, it was apparent that it was a collective effort. Thus the royal “we” and thus my label of Z-Team.
    When I see the Z-Team comments at Maggie’s Farm, I roll my eyes and go on. I am not going to waste my time in replying to the Z-Team.

  • Ruth H

    I use google reader and have had no problems.

  • Mike Devx

    I just checked these comments prior to logging in: I could only see to comment 16.
    After logging in, I can see them all.

    It does appear that comments from the last 24 hours are blocked unless you log in.  Not nice, for your casual readers, Book!

    (This happens at a minimum on Apple Mac’s Safari Browser.  I leave it to your powers that be to test all browsers.  As a software guy, let me say you really do want to test your product, when your product is your public face to the world!)

    Many have noted, also, that the articles pages take a long time to COMPLETE loading.  However, all content itself loads quickly.  It is not anyone’s slow connection.  The problem is not a slow connection, it is with the browser software.  All content has finished loading.  However the page refuses to simply COMPLETE.

    It is as if there is a connection issue – the connection doesn’t close.  It just hangs, for almost a minute.  Then, after that minute, *something* about the page completes.  Then the page goes a little crazy after that.  It jumps around.  Also, if you’ve been typing in a comment already, all of your formatting and paragraph breaks are lost within the comment window, etc.  Again: NEEDS TESTING!

  • Ymarsakar

    Book’s RSS feed and comment feed has actually been resurrected from being dead.