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Blind Pig & The Acorn News


Many of you-almost 2,000 of you-visit the Blind Pig & The Acorn through some form of RSS feed-which means you get an email update telling you to click on the title header and come visit me or you get an update via your Google Reader or other reader program.

All that is made possible by Feedburner-which is owned by Google. Feedburner is a free service that sends out notifications when blogs and other websites publish new material.

Feedburner is having issues. You might have noticed my subscriber count down lower on the right side of this page has said 0 for a number of days-even though all of you are still here and still reading the Blind Pig.

Feedburner has put out a statement that they are working hard to fix the issues, however there is much speculation on the internet that Google may be about to shut Feedburner down. As you might imagine, bloggers who have worked hard to increase their subscriber list, are scared silly to see their numbers back at zero.

Hopefully the shutdown of Feedburner is only a rumor and Google will have all their glitches fixed before long. But just in case I wanted to tell you a few things you might not know.

If you don’t receive a Blind Pig update and you still want to visit me all you have to do is go to You can type that into your browser or you can go to your search page and search for the Blind Pig & The Acorn-and you’ll see me in the list of of links. Just click on one and there I’ll be.

If you land on a page of the Blind Pig and you notice it’s an old post-just look up at at the top of the page-just under the banner and click on home. That will take you to the most recent post published-and you can see all the other posts lined up underneath the most recent one.

You can also go click anywhere in my Blind Pig & The Acorn Banner at the top of the page-and that will take you to the most recent post published.

If you pick up the Blind Pig through facebook-everything should continue to work just like it is now-since Typepad pushes my feed to facebook not Feedburner. (If you didn’t know the Blind Pig was on facebook-you can go here to like my page and add it to your facebook ‘likes’ so it will show up in your facebook updates)

I’ve been searching for a new way to send out notices just in case Feedburner bites the dust-but thus far haven’t found anything I am pleased with. I just wanted to tell you about it-so that if you stop getting emails/updates from me you’d know I’m still here and you can still find me!


p.s. Tomorrow-drop back by for a chance to win tickets to the JCCFS’s Fall Festival! Sorry I put the giveaway off for a day-but I was afraid you might not find me to enter if Feedburner quit!


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  • Reply
    kay keen
    September 27, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    This just cannot happen, I look so forward to your email every day. and I love to listen to the music , this just can’t be. keep me posted. Thanks Kay

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    Sherry Lowe
    September 25, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Well – I had to figure out how to comment… but I’ll be in town for the Fall Festival and I’d sure like to be considered for those tickets! Sherry

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    brenda s 'okie in colorado'
    September 25, 2012 at 1:01 am

    Tipper, I’m not going anywhere and hope you never go anywhere but here. I’ve had you on RSS, favorites, and facebook. I couldn’t get through my day without you.

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    September 25, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Added to favorites as sure don’t want to lose you and the bright spot of each morning!

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    Suzi Phillips
    September 24, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Thanks for the info, Tipper-I am nearly techno illiterate. I would have panicked!

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    Ed Ammons
    September 24, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Tipper and B.Ruth-
    In my experience two heads is an argument, three heads is a brawl. Anything more than that is a war! But I’m kind of an independent cuss. Don’t throw me the life preserver ’til I come up the second time.

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    Specil Ed
    September 24, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    I see sumbidy rememburd me. Iv ben kwiet latly. I got band frum the innernet fur runin mi mauth two much. I snuck an dun thisin. Shore hope I dawnt git cawt. I stay in truble!
    I went baak two mi tooter. I thank shez gonna hep me git in colledge an git one ov them PDFs atter mi name.

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    September 24, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    The last time I looked you showed
    1568 readers. (and countless out
    there that don’t comment!!!)
    Most of us have come to love that
    kinda shy little girl who opens
    up her heart to share the story
    of Appalachia…Ken

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    B. ruth
    September 24, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    and Ed….I agree that Tip doesn’t need any help…Mountain Women survive..!! I am of the type that zeros in on experience and (tax write off) got in my eye,(must’ve been ’cause of the political year!) I always like to bend an ear to someone “whos been there done that”, after all some “teach” learnt me that “three heads were mostly better than one!”…LOL I think that “professor” called it “Brain Stormin’!!!”
    Thanks Tipper,
    Now where in the heck is my “shut-up key!” LOL

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    Ed Ammons
    September 24, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    How about voluntary contributions if you can’t find something free? I’ll give my part and I am sure a lot of your readers would too!
    How is Google going to take over the world? Wal-Mart ain’t going to give it up without a fight!

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    Mrs. K
    September 24, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    I’m with everyone else, we’ll find you – just click on the link in favorites. I read your posts everyday and will continue to do so. I agree this might be a ploy to start charging a fee and yes, google wants to take over the world. ; )

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    Ed Ammons
    September 24, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    I agree with Jim about an annual fee. The national average for a cup of coffee is $1.38. The cost of two cups of coffee per year buys you the Blind Pig and you get change? I would be willing to pay way more than that. Maybe two chocolate eclairs worth more.
    I disagree with Jim and B.Ruth about your getting help. Help should be available only to the helpless and you sure ain’t that. You’ve done it by yourself thus far and I for one am confident you will clear this hurdle too.
    So let me know and I will forfeit my two cups of coffee. I’ve been thinking about the eclairs and we might have to negotiate over them.

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    Ken Kuhlmann
    September 24, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Tipper, Thanks for keeping us informed. Like everyone above, I look forward to reading the “Blind Pig” every day. I now have you in my favorites.
    You are talking about the Fall Festival there. We just had ours. I was asked this year to be the King of the “Richardson County Fair”. This is a great honor for me. I don’t see any way to attach a picture here, but I will email one to you if you want.
    Thank you for being here every day for us.
    Ken Kuhlmann

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    Ron Banks
    September 24, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    The Blind Pig & The Acorn goes hand in hand with my cup of coffee in the morning. I wouldn’t want to miss either one of them! I have the web site book marked so I know where to find you!! Thanks for the heads up.

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    September 24, 2012 at 11:46 am

    I lost everyone when I moved from blogger to wordpress. Now I have just a few subscribers which really stinks but at the same time, I’m annoyed with the whole feedburner thing. Hopefully they’ll straighten it out. Feedblitz is supposed to be good BUT it isn’t free. 🙁

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    Ed Myers
    September 24, 2012 at 10:43 am

    “Not rain, nor snow, nor darkest night…” will keep me from this wondrous site (so it’s not Carl Sandburg).
    You have subscriber numbers? Never noticed.

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    Sue Crane
    September 24, 2012 at 10:40 am

    thanks for heads up – I’d miss my morning “Pig” fix 🙂

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    Ron Corley
    September 24, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Good Morning! Your emails, and your website, are as much a part of my daily routine as anything else. Thank you for sharing your daily life with us … you’re a bright spot and a blessing to us. May God always richly bless you, and your family!

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    September 24, 2012 at 10:33 am

    I’ve been a fan since the very
    start-up, it just took me awhile
    to comment. A mutual friend was
    there to touter me along. (and no
    it wasn’t Special Ed’s, although
    she could probably hep me two.)
    There were times when my e-mail
    didn’t come, but I just clicked
    on yesterday’s blog and looked
    under ‘recent posts’, then
    everything was alright. Of all the
    Internet sites I’ve read, Yours
    is the Best…Ken

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    Bill Burnett
    September 24, 2012 at 10:31 am

    I wouldn’t be surprised if this is a ploy by google to start charging for Feedburner with the justification that they need to charge to fix all their problems. I’ve noticed more and more formerly free services becoming fee driven. It’s like Drug Pushers getting their victims hooked on free samples then socking it to them.

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    B. ruth
    September 24, 2012 at 10:18 am

    I am purty ignert on most of this techy stuff!..I see that there Rss show up at times on my piture light, but to tell the truth I weren’t for shore what hit was fur?..Now I know what a “Hss” is, as in “snake Hiss” and I know what a “Phiss” is as a’liken to my ole Tom cat seeing a “snake in the grass”…
    Whoops, that there brings us back up to Google!!….
    I learnt when I got this contraption from the very nice learner feller..that if’n I wanted to read somethin’ every ding-dong day to file hit to the left (toward the silo at the fork down the road, not toward the Smiths old place that has the big red barn that goes the tother way) in what he called my very “fav-o-rite place”…So that’s whar I go every ding-dong morning…I like to use “ding-dong” for a school larnin’ word in my mountain tongue!
    ‘ceptin’ I was late this morning, ’cause when my toes hit the floor, I thunk hit was January and I snuck back under the kevers…
    Thanks Tipper, you are my very fav-o-rite, so’s you know I’ll be hare…Love ya..Beve
    PSs..I like the PSs key too..I’d give a listen to ole Jim, he sounds like he could learn you a thang or three…again Love ya,

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    Canned Quilter
    September 24, 2012 at 9:34 am

    As you know I have you right there under favorite blogs listed in the sidebar of my own blog. Every morning when I check my blog there you are with the latest post not only for me to enjoy but also my own readers : )

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    Brian Blake
    September 24, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Thanks for the warning. We’ll know where to find you!

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    September 24, 2012 at 9:08 am

    Don’t worry I will find you!
    Over the weekend we were in Ohio at a Blacksmith conference. We ran into Paul Garrett and told him you and I were friends. He commented on your talented girls, of course he said you were very talented too!

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    September 24, 2012 at 9:03 am

    If Feedburner bites the dust and we can still find your blog, that’s all that matters.

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    Steve in Tn
    September 24, 2012 at 8:57 am

    You just reminded me how much I would miss reading your blog if I somehow missed the e-mail or didn’t look at facebook for a few days…glad and sad at the same time.

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    Paula Rhodarmer
    September 24, 2012 at 8:51 am

    Tipper, I have you under my favorites, so I don’t use the email link anyway. Love your blog and I am thrilled with my cd.

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    Karen Larsen
    September 24, 2012 at 8:44 am

    I get your notice thru email. But if things change, and they always do eventually, I’ll go directly to your site. Thanks for the heads-up! You’re the best, Tipper!!

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    dolores barton
    September 24, 2012 at 8:35 am

    Ahh! The world of technology! I still don’t understand all of it, but I look forward every morning to reading your post. I do receive an email from your site. I never realized how it got to me. You are now in my favorites list, so I can just click and find you. Thanks for the heads up! My day would really be off if I didn’t read you daily. Hope Google gets it fixed. We have a google business here in Lenoir; the newspaper said they had a fire there, but nothing major.

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    Lonnie Dockery
    September 24, 2012 at 8:30 am

    I usually access you through email,but you’re bookmarked too! It’s an addiction. We can’t just stop!

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    Ray P. Algee
    September 24, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Tipper, sorry to learn of your consternation re: Google, but trust me, if “you post it, we will find it.”
    I read every post and even will see a title from the past and go back and re-read it. Thanks

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    Jim Casada
    September 24, 2012 at 7:59 am

    Tipper–There are some excellent alternatives available, but I think all of them require “cash money.” Have you ever thought of a nominal “subscription” fee? Say $2 a year or something like that? I certainly would pony up without a second thought. I have to believe a lot of other loyal readers, and judging by the comments you have at least 200 of them, would do the same.
    On a personal level, I pay a webmaster to handle all this stuff, and I have a lot of books to sell so I can justify the costs that way and keep my newsletter free. It’s also a tax write-off, something you need to be thinking about. If you want me to go into this in fuller detail “person to person,” I’ll be glad to do so.
    Google has some serious issues on other fronts, including political stances, censorship, Second Amendment, and more, and let’s all hope they are just trying to find their footing.
    One thing for sure–I would definitely miss my morning “fix” of mountain days and ways as I once knew them.
    Jim Casada

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    Ed Ammons
    September 24, 2012 at 7:34 am

    I rarely go to your site from your email. I have you bookmarked and go to your site before I even look at my email. That way I have your playlist going while read thru bunches of worthless junk.
    I know you recommend all these sites lined down the right column but yours is the onlyest one I visit. When you’ve had the best there’s no need for the rest.

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    kathryn Magendie
    September 24, 2012 at 7:22 am

    I read you in my email – had one this morning. I receive most of my blog updates from email so I hope that doesn’t go away!

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    Miss Cindy
    September 24, 2012 at 7:08 am

    Tipper, I get the emails but do not link through them. I have you in a tool bar of my favorite bookmarks….right there in one click.
    Google has grown so big, I think they are hoping to take over the world. They were so good in the beginning. Like so many things they become intoxicated with success.
    Tipper, I have every faith that if feedburner falls you will find something to take it’s place and it will work even better!
    See you tomorrow, email or no email.

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    September 24, 2012 at 6:58 am

    Basel-thank you for reminding me about people who visit through facebook!
    Blind Pig The Acorn
    Celebrating and Preserving the
    Culture of Appalachia

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    Tim Mc
    September 24, 2012 at 6:49 am

    Got it.. your in my favorites, in a folder called Appalachian Stuff..

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    Sheryl Paul
    September 24, 2012 at 6:27 am

    Ah, progress in technology

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    Basel Hildreth
    September 24, 2012 at 4:24 am

    Thanks for the heads-up. I usually connect via Facebook link. With an e-mail later.
    I really look forward to my daily Blind Pig fix as well as the Youtube. Please keep up the great work.

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