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When I first started this blog almost two years ago, I decided to not enable subscription by email, only RSS. I'm not sure why, but I think that's what all the kids were using at the time so I should too.But it turns out some ridiculously small figure like only 5% of people actually know what RSS is, let alone actually use a Reader. So three months ago, I turned on email subscriptions. And in that time I've had 15 people subscribe using that service. May not seem like many, but that's 15 people who I wouldn't have had otherwise. Not bad for less than five minutes work setting it up.And the best part is, everything is much more customisable with email subscribers, and you can actually see the list of people subscribed.So some advice, bloggers of young and old, turn on your email subscription service....

I'm normally fairly good with people's birthday yet I missed a friend's yesterday. I only discovered it today when I opened my diary and realised the reason I forgot is because she doesn't have a Facebook account. I've come to rely on this tool but also many other aspects of social media. It hasn't just given me more channels to communicate but has now become a main source of information and entertainment. The way I contact people and stay in touch with them has changed with Facebook. The way I watch my favourite television shows has changed with YouTube, which has also opened up infinite hours of UGC. Similarly, the radio is streamed via podcasts. The daily read of a newspaper has changed with my RSS Subscriptions where I choose what I want to read. Interestingly, these changes are all free. No wonder Generation Y is so reliant on social media....