Why Subscribe To My Blog?

Blogging | Posted by Jannie on 8 March 2010 @ 11:37 AM 40 Comments

Here’s a bench I fell in love with… (photo by me: early october, 2009)

And a post I fell in love with by The Mogul Mom about an hour ago…Tim Ferriss’s 3 Simple Blog Tips That Have Big Impact.

Mogul Mom quotes Tim, “Why should [your readers] subscribe to your blog posts, newsletter or free ebook? What do you offer them? Exclusive products? Advance notice of sales? Discounts? Free shipping? Fresh content they can’t find anywhere else?”

This so inspires me to revamp my Suscribe Page to reflect the WHY of subscribing here. And maybe you can help me with it!

Is “Ye Olde Jannie Funster Blog” subscription-worthy?  And if so, why??   Please share any ideas you have, however nutty they may seem.  Don’t be shy — just let them fly. We’re all friends here.

And whichever ideas I use from your comments, I will credit you for — and link you up FOREVER on my Subscribe page!


(I could use some help with my still-lame About Page too, but I guess that can wait for another day.)  :)


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  • 1

    On 8 March 2010 at 12:03 pm

    MiaHysteria said, 

    How can one not subscribe. The insight, freedom from all that contains us, the creativity, fun and spirit of the blog is hard to refrain from. A subscription is must.

  • 2

    On 8 March 2010 at 12:04 pm

    william said, 

    well me being me Jannie I love your page as it is, and the picture was superb xx

  • 3

    On 8 March 2010 at 12:23 pm

    Lynn said, 

    Why subscribe? So you won’t miss out on a single dose of fun!

    (You know – I don’t actually subscribe – I have you linked on my blog roll. Do you want me to subscribe?)

  • 4

    On 8 March 2010 at 1:31 pm

    vered | professional blogger said, 

    You’re funny and genuine. You offer entertainment. That’s why I read your blog. People keep talking about offering “value” and being “helpful” – well, being entertaining brings value too! (See Dooce..)

  • 5

    On 8 March 2010 at 2:23 pm

    Patricia said, 

    I have a genuine need for laughter and lightness in my life and I come here to hear and read what my friend has to say – giving me a laugh and lightening my spirit and making a connection.
    Who could ask for anything more? Pleasure is a good resource to subscribe to…

  • 6

    On 8 March 2010 at 3:02 pm

    Sean said, 

    Wow, I love the picture. I like your blog because you have pictures and that makes it not boring.

  • 7

    On 8 March 2010 at 3:31 pm

    Sara said, 

    Jannie — I like what Patricia said and want to say “ditto.”

    I love your site for the fun and the laughter, but also because you share your “self” in all your wild and crazy glory:~) I like that I never really know what I will find when I visit; it makes it more exciting!

    Sometimes you just know when a blogger has a magical touch and you want to subscribe to part of it…that’s why I think your blog is definitely “subscription worthy.”

  • 8

    On 8 March 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Jannie said, 


    hey, Dudes and Dudettes!

    Mia!! Lovely words, thank you. And I like your rhyme there with contain / refrain. Was that on purpose??

    William!! Ahh, thanks so much. I like your page too! And when you come to Austin, I’ll take you to that spot!

    Lynn!! I like that, thanks. Sure, subscribe if you wish, thanks. Sounds like you access the blogs you read in the same way I do. I guess the more subscribers one has, the more perks they can get, or something.

    Vered!! Thans you. Great words to consider. Yes, I am quite familiar with Dooce and her blog-style. It is fun to get away to peoples’ blogs for a little break during the day.

    Patricia!! Good words from you to consider too! Next post I bring thee laughs, okay? (At least I hope to.)

    Sean!! Photos do go a long way to easing up the boredom factor, yes. Thank you.

    Sara!! Ooooo, I really like some of your words! “Wild and crazy glory?” “never knowing what you will find.” I am liking those very much!!

    Well, I’m off to eat some chicken now. It’s been in the fridge 3 days, but it should be fine, right? Well, if I don’t end up puking, you’ll see me back here in a couple – few hours. :)


  • 9

    On 8 March 2010 at 3:45 pm

    Dot said, 

    You’re consistently funny and entertaining. You’re talented in many ways. You’re a good-hearted person who cares about her family. You’re interesting.

  • 10

    On 8 March 2010 at 4:00 pm

    Jingle said, 


    I was preparing two beautiful awards for you.

  • 11

    On 8 March 2010 at 4:03 pm

    Jingle said, 

    your photos are always heavenly beautiful!
    I never wanted to follow or subscribe formally, not you, not anyone, it takes my time, I follow if you follow…
    free and easy!
    why worry about that?
    you could have 300 on the list, but what about they don’t care enough to visit or comment at all?

    Happy Monday!
    You Are My Queen today in my blog!

  • 12

    On 8 March 2010 at 4:31 pm

    G said, 

    I like your blog.

    As a matter of fact, I have a link on both of my blogs to yours ANNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNND I have you in my Google reader as well.

    While I may not comment on a consistent basis, I do take the time to pop in, because after all, a day without Jannie, is simply a day without the two necessary viewpoints I get from Austin.

    One simply doesn’t do it for me, so two viewpoints fulfill the minimum daily requirements that I get from imbibing the special version of “Austin City Limits”.

  • 13

    On 8 March 2010 at 4:33 pm

    adam said, 

    That looks like a nice place to chill. Have an awesome week!

  • 14

    On 8 March 2010 at 5:06 pm

    Dorothy Stahlnecker said, 

    This is such a great a blog..and I love the picture makes me want to sit down and grab some life in my soul.

    Dorothy from grammology

  • 15

    On 8 March 2010 at 5:59 pm

    Mama Zen said, 

    Subscriptions and About pages . . . it’s like you’re speaking a foreign language to me!

    But, I love that picture!

  • 16

    On 8 March 2010 at 6:51 pm

    Betsy Wuebker said, 

    Well, I’d say subscribe to JannieFunster.com because if you don’t, you’ll always wonder about what would have happened if you had. 😀

  • 17

    On 8 March 2010 at 7:13 pm

    Robin said, 

    Well Jannie..that is easy

    A Sight, A view
    there’s always something new
    Your prose inspires
    the hearts desires
    of dreams we wish to come true..!

  • 18

    On 8 March 2010 at 8:26 pm

    Fireblossom32 said, 

    I don’t subscribe to any blogs, but i do follow. I am just a bitter, hateful person I guess.

  • 19

    On 8 March 2010 at 8:34 pm

    Jannie said, 

    oh great, my comment just got munched, people.

    Thank you for your support and ideas above.

    I’ll be back here all sunshiney tomorrow.

  • 20

    On 8 March 2010 at 9:19 pm

    brian miller said, 

    i really dont think there is a gimick to get people to follow you…at least not those that will engage your blog as opposed to just being a picture on your sidebar…a few thoughts: if you comment, they will comment. not all but your comments will increase. if you write to engage, people will stick around. those two things are what i have learned over the last 15 months…

  • 21

    On 8 March 2010 at 9:58 pm

    Daisy said, 

    Love the bench picture! Very pretty! I come here because I enjoy what you post, and it is a friendly place. :)

  • 22

    On 8 March 2010 at 10:39 pm

    Talon said, 

    I am a follower, not a subscriber (hey – that sounds a bit strange, doesn’t it)…it’s just easier to catch up on all the new posts on the blogs I love to read and comment on through my blog’s reading list.

    And I love your blog and am always delighted when you have a new post and the delight will never diminish. And I’m always thankful that you stumbled into my blog, Jannie, or I wouldn’t have the delight of having you as a friend. :)

  • 23

    On 9 March 2010 at 12:54 am

    J.D. Meier said, 

    How doth thee share value … let me count the ways …
    – fun with a twist and surprise in every morsel
    – pictures that share the Hallmark moments in life
    – a giving heart that flows freely
    – a musical maven paving the path and blazing a trail online
    – an unfolding adventure in life
    – an all star cast
    – a capricious way that’s contagious
    – unleashes the inner-Tigger

  • 24

    On 9 March 2010 at 2:52 am

    Sire said, 

    Ten reasons why you should subscribe.

    1. You don’t want to miss out on anything
    2. I brighten up your day
    3. My posts rock
    4. My posts inform
    5. My post entertain
    6. My posts inspire
    7. My posts always leave you wanting more
    8. My posts are unique
    9. I aim to please
    10. I may flash my boobs one day

    OK. I only threw the last one in because I’m a dirty old man 😉

  • 25

    On 9 March 2010 at 1:56 am

    Tess The Bold Life said, 

    You are a gifted writer who makes me laugh. Most of the times out loud. Through your photos you remind us what we all have or need to have… a happy family! You make us want more;)

  • 26

    On 9 March 2010 at 3:47 am

    SnaggleTooth said, 

    Someday I’ll get a better ‘Puter with high speed internet n have time to load a reader or go thru the email pile-up- but these days I don’t subcribe or use a reader…

    You’ll be first on my list when I do tho- This is a FUN blog!

    I guess that works well for folks who don’t comment often, I hear. But I’m a note-writer!

  • 27

    On 9 March 2010 at 9:09 am

    Glenn Buttkus said, 

    Like some of the other “followers”, I pop in, or click in almost daily. I don’t get the idea regarding “subscription”. Do your postings show up on our email if we subscribe. Does bb get in his blue rocket and jet around the country, hell, the world, and remind us to check on your site daily? I, for one, am more than a follower. Proudly, I am a Funster.

  • 28

    On 9 March 2010 at 9:13 am

    Glenn Buttkus said, 

    OK, OK, I clicked on RSS Subscribe on your tool bar and it says that IF I click on the blue band, I can get Jannie’s posting/comments sent to “my computer” daily. Gosh, part of the joy of blogging for me is to get out there and open my Favorites Page, and start click/visiting. If everything came to me, I would feel once removed, less personally involved.

  • 29

    On 9 March 2010 at 9:14 am

    suzen said, 

    Hi Jannie! I LOVE your humor and perspective on things. Now I DO wonder why I can’t get your blog in my email cuz I’m not here nearly enough!!!! I will try re-subscribing – if it goes to my stupid yahoo thing and not my email I often forget to check that. I love you! This old gal will try harder to get regular – haha – yeah, I know. Fiber!

  • 30

    On 9 March 2010 at 9:16 am

    Glenn Buttkus said, 

    Although, I do agree with Sire that on any of the Bra Flinging posts and events, with possible boob flashing going on, I DO WANT TO BE NOTIFIED ASAP. Lots of dirty old men out here; another club I belong to.

  • 31

    On 9 March 2010 at 10:13 am

    Jannie said, 

    Ahhh, all cozy now here with coffee and a dog or two at my feet.

    Dot!! Great comment, thanks. A good one to consider. Im a good hearted woman in love with a good hearte3d man! :)

    Jingle!! heavenly photos — thanks!! And another award??? wow. I am just overflowing in award love here. I too, am more of a follow-back person than a subscriber, but apparently the big whigs say you can get perks and more ad revenue with higher subscriber count, so I might as well give it a shot. — Queen Jannie :)

    G!! So, who is the other Austin person? Blue bunny?? :) Just kidding! I know it’s lovely Lisa of random tangents. She is such a wonderful person!!

    Hey Adam!! is that you, from Lansing, MI?? Potential Google new site? Yep, if it werent raining here, I’d be on that bench now swilling coffee or beer.

    Dorothy!! Welcome!! Well, we here in the Funsterment Global photography department do try to please! Grab some nature soul, girl! It’s always ther for the taking.

    Mama Zen!! They are both foreign languages to me too, but it seems my trusty buddies here are helping me brush up from their Berlitz primers.

    Betsy!! I like that!! “You’ll always wonder.” Should you or shouldn’t you have subscribed?? You’ll never know if you don’t. :)

    Robin!! How sweet, my treat, your words of wisdom. And your loving points — how appreciated is them. Wisdom / is them?? A bit of a ryhme stretch there? :)

    Fireblossom!! I like bitter… coffee, chocolate, beer, all that good stuff. :)

    JANNIE!! And how sunshiney indeed you are today. Will you wash your hair today?? probably be a good move.

    Brian!! Words of wisdom and very well put. If people like what you post, they will keep coming back. Comment on 100 blogs, and maybe only 5 will follow you home, but they will be true friends. And I like true friEnds!

    Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer true. Oh you did!! :) I’m glad you find it friendly here! The Funsterment Global team worked long and hard to come up wiht just the right compbo of kick-ass and love. :)

    Talon!! And my delight for your blog will never diminish either, you keep surprising me after these 18 months or so, and I know you’ll keep doing the same. How can you NOT — with your artist’s heart and eye. I am tahnkful I stumbled on you too. How sad it would be not to know you.

    J.D. !! You KNOW you’re getting linked up to my revamped Subscribe page over some of those, Super-dude!!! Bravo!

    Tess!! Ooooo, thanks. Gifted? Who me? I love your words, I think you’ll be linked up too!!

    Sire!! Since my bra-flinging is usually done on moonlit winter nights while running through evergreen groves, and never closer than 200 feet of a camera, the boob flashing will most likely remain a misty murk of mystery. :) I do think you’ve left some link-worthy words, tho, thanks!!

    Snaggle!!! As I mentioned above, I’m not much of a subscriber either, I follow people back from the comments left here. I do subscribe when folks ask me to. Te Big Bloggers like Darren Rowse and CopyBlogger seem to make it work well for them. Of course they know ALL the tricks of gaining a wider audience.

    Dear Funster Glenn!! Most people subscribe to blogs in a Google reader (yes, the Google gods strike again.) And as subscriber readership grows, more first-time visitors will jump on the band-wagon as they figure if 1,000,000 already have, maybe it’s a good site to follow. For sweeties like you who visit daily, it would not really matter, but for people who might tend to “forget” about some blogs, subscriptions remind them — e-mail ones especially,which I once had and probably will set up again. Keep on doing, Dude, I like your method! It’s actually my method too — popping in on the blogs I like best. You old bra-flinging fan, you!

    Suzen — “the old gal” lol!! You are one of the youngest sweet spirits I know! Any visit from you is a highlight in my day, so you just keep on getting over here when you can. I will put back in an e-mail subscription thing. (Still learning as I go.) I love YOUR blog too of course, always funny. Always more than entertaining. Your uniqueness shines!! “Regularity” is a good thing indeed! Im a big fan of it daily myself. :) :) :)

  • 32

    On 9 March 2010 at 10:20 am

    shakira said, 

    Me got tributes and awards for you!
    Please drop by…..



  • 33

    On 9 March 2010 at 10:22 am

    Jewel/Pink Ink said, 

    Jannie, I have your blog on my sidebar. Why? Because you’re like a tall, cool glass of lemonade on a summer day! You’re like sunflowers growing at the side of the road, spontaneous and beautiful! I love ya to pieces!

  • 34

    On 9 March 2010 at 10:38 am

    Ben said, 

    From the little I know of you, I can say that you’re a very interesting person with a very endearing and engaging writing style. I think your blog is subscription worthy.

  • 35

    On 9 March 2010 at 3:10 pm

    Sire said, 

    Oh well Jannie you can’t blame a bloke for trying. BTW, I don’t think you mentioned they had to be link worthy 😉

  • 36

    On 9 March 2010 at 4:52 pm

    Jannie said, 

    Shakira!! Awesome. Thanks!

    Okay, Jewel!! You’re a shoe-in!! Beautiful!

    Ben!! Why, thanks so much. Sweet of you to say.

    Sire!! :) :) :). Can’t stop a red-blooded bloke from being red-blooded, nope.

  • 37

    On 10 March 2010 at 1:44 pm

    Anne Bender said, 

    I subscribe so I can catch up on your wonderful pictures and glowing words. You inspire a love of life and family and earth and everything in between. Honestly, my heart fills every time I visit.

  • 38

    On 12 March 2010 at 8:53 am

    Jannie said, 

    Anne!! That’s really sweet — thanks! REALLY sweet. I think you’ll get linked!

  • 39

    On 13 March 2010 at 3:29 am

    Hilary said, 

    Hi Jannie .. couldn’t possibly top these comments – we’re here coz we love you, we love Jim – despite not seeing much of him, we love Kelly – we see more of her as she groweth, we love your house and seeing its growth – and your family .. and especially from here Blue Bunny – we love him – and we love donuts and karrits .. have a great weekend .. hugs xxxxx

  • 40

    On 13 March 2010 at 7:03 am

    Jannie said, 

    Hilary!! There are some wonderful, wonderful comments here, yes. I shall have a beautifully new and improved Subscribe page, like none other in the history of the universe. Thanks for all your glowing love. You’re in my heart now, where you evershall stay!

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