I have to thank Wayne Smallman for clueing me in to a minor little detail that I'd overlooked back in January when I had first launched this blog. Wayne, who I have met through a public chat room about Twitter and Skype, IM'd me (on Skype) to let me know that he wasn't able to subscribe to the feed for this blog.
Given that this blog has been in action now for most of 6 months and I hadn't heard this issue at all, I was very surprised. Feedburner stats do show a good number of subscribers to the RSS feed... but I'm guessing that they (some of you!) must have all grabbed the feed URL from the big orange RSS button or used the "Add to Google" or "Add to Bloglines", because the RSS icon in the browser address bar would definitely not work.
Here's the deal... back when I was looking to split out my writing into multiple blogs last fall, I had another name for this blog and had set up a similarly-named feed in Feedburner. Wanting to ensure that people got to my Feedburner feed, I went into the TypePad settings and "connected" my TypePad blog to the appropriate Feedburner feed. Everything was good. I was getting ready to launch.
But before I launched, I found that "disruptiveconversations.com" was available and since it went nicely with my already existing "disruptivetelephony.com" domain, I decided to rename the blog. In fact, I changed the underlying TypePad URL... changed all the template names, mapped the domain... and I created a new Feedburner feed with the new name. All looked good and the various subscribe buttons you see on the right side all worked. I launched the blog and you all have now been reading it for the past 6 months.
There turned out to be just one minor little detail:
I never went back and updated the TypePad <-> Feedburner connection!
Oops! Yes, indeed, in the TypePad configuration screens this blog was very happily connected to the old feed at Feedburner. The problem is - I deleted that feed quite some time ago!
The fix was quite simple: I simply disconnected this blog from the old Feedburner feed and then connected it back to the new Feedburner feed. Done in just a couple of minutes and I verified that it all works.
I'm just a wee bit embarrassed that I never noticed it and obviously didn't test it. I'm also a bit surprised that no one ever commented in all this time... are people not using that RSS icon in the browser address bar to subscribe to feeds?
So in any event, thanks to Wayne's query the button should now work fine! If you tried subscribing in the past and it didn't work, please do try it out now. And Wayne, if I ever do get over to the UK, I will have to look you up and buy you a drink! :-)