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Is Bloglines having Issues

Posted By Darren Rowse 24th of February 2006 Pro Blogging News 0 Comments

My apologies once again to readers who use Bloglines to follow ProBlogger but unfortunately it seems my feed has been out of action for the last day or two – again. As I look down my own list of blogs that I follow using Bloglines I notice that the little red exclamation mark that signifies an error is on almost 1 in 10 of the feeds I’m following. Looks like they have some ‘issues’.

Yesterday I asked them to restart my feed (again) but no word yet on what they’re up to.

If you have missed my last few days posting you can get most of the main articles I’ve written from the Blogging for Beginners page.

update: a comment below from a representative from Feeburner claims that the issue is at there end. They write:

‘Bloglines has experienced errors while attempting to retrieve recent posts from FeedBurner feeds. These errors take 24 hours to automatically clear. FeedBurner knows about the problem and is working to resolve the issue. Thank you for your patience.’

I’m a bit perplexed by it all to be honest. Last week when this happened I had emails and comments from both Feedburner and Bloglines claiming that the other was at fault and I ended up not knowing what to do about it except hope that one of them could work it out.

I guess if the problem persists then unfortunately I’ll have to move on from Feedburner. I could change my news aggregator but that might only solve my reading problems and not help any ProBlogger readers.

All I know is that my RSS readership has dropped by 2000 readers in the last couple of day , that comment levels are down under half normal and that I’m getting a lot of emails from readers who are frustrated. Not a very pleasing thing when I’m putting so many hours into my current series of posts and am finding that so many readers don’t even know it’s on.

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Darren Rowse is the founder and editor of ProBlogger Blog Tips and Digital Photography School. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn.

  • Hey Darren, how did you get your logo in the bloglines display?

  • From memory – I think it’s something Feedburner does.

  • Thanks Darrren for taking the time to answer my question, I know you’re a busy guy!!

  • Yes, or either it’s Feedburner. I was about to email you again about it. Given every single other feed works ok in Bloglines today I’d be pointing the finger straight at feedburner personally, if they cant fix it, drop them, or alternatively give me your non feedburner feed address so I don’t have to type Problogger into Firefox :-)

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  • I’ve got to tell you. There’s at least one other Feedburner feed not updating in Bloglines and that’s mine.

  • Hi Darren, Did you check the issue with feeds cause sometimes the feeds cannot handle special characters and also it’ll show you error when your feed is updated or changed. It happened last time when my posts has special characters(copoyright sign, trademark sign etc), the feedburner feed was unable to render it.

  • Bloglines isn’t rendering properly for my site either. However, I checked the Feedburner XML to see if anything was going wrong on their end – the feed validators all came through saying everything was okay. They did throw some warnings up about some readers not liking embedded objects inside RSS content.

    Recently we posted a YouTube video, and the embedded object gets added into the feed because it’s part of the post. Ever since then, Bloglines has been throwing an error with retrieving the feed. So if I had to guess, Bloglines is _really_ picky about what it receives, and this is probably not on purpose since most other readers, either display the content or simply ignore content they can’t display.

    I sent them an email about it today, so no word yet… but I’ll let you know.

  • Bloglines has experienced errors while attempting to retrieve recent posts from FeedBurner feeds. These errors take 24 hours to automatically clear. FeedBurner knows about the problem and is working to resolve the issue. Thank you for your patience.

    Robyn DeuPree
    Product Manager, Bloglines

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  • I’m subscribed to the ff: ProBloggers feeds and I don’t get any errors in Bloglines:

  • I’m subscribed to:

    and not thru the Feedburner link and I still get the same errors in Bloglines.

  • 19 articles from ProBlogger suddenly came through all at once – maybe the dam has broken?

  • I also had problems with Bloglines. More than 10 Percent of the feeds I subscribed to showed up with a FeedError(49) within Bloglines. Those RSS files could be opened without problems in the browser. My own feed (managed by Feedburner) was out of time for 4 days. Feedburner ( told: We have no problem.

    I reported to Bloglines but got no answer so far (“allow 2 workdays…”). But now suddenly almost all subscribed feeds show up fine with all posts of the last days (so your feed does) …

    BTW: Do they work on a new beta at bloglines? I got requests with referer at (authorization required)?

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