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Engaged Marriage has a Facebook Page!

By Dustin | General

I am excited to announce that a Facebook page has been created for Engaged Marriage.  This page will allow both the readers and myself to interact about the wide variety of marriage enhancing topics covered here at the site.  It will also serve as a way to stay up-to-date with the latest happenings at Engaged Marriage and give everyone a fun place to share the ideas and experiences that have served to begin taking your marriage to the next level.

Please take a moment to become a “fan” of Engaged Marriage on Facebook.  I really look forward to putting this resource to good use as an interactive tool in our shared mission to create awesome marriages!

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What Does it Mean to Subscribe to a Blog via RSS?

By Dustin | General

What does RSS mean?

There seems to be a lot of confusion out there about what “subscribing” to a website is all about, what the heck “RSS” means, and what the orange buttons do that I see on Engaged Marriage and other sites.

I am going to use this post to explain RSS subscribing in very easy terms.  I hope this allows everyone to quickly understand the process and the great benefits of subscribing to this site (and others) via RSS or email.

Why Would I Subscribe to a Site?

RSS Keeps You Connected

Do you have some favorite sites (EM included, I hope)  that you like to visit on a regular basis?  The “old” way to keep up-to-date on the latest updates on your favorite blogs and news websites was to bookmark them and check in every day or so to see if anything new had been posted.

This is a waste of your valuable time! You are doing all of the work by going out to check sites, and you either miss stuff on sites that update often or see the same old stuff on sites that don’t post new content very frequently.  If you find numerous great sites, you simply can’t keep track of them effectively.

We all lead busy lives.  We continue to find great sites on the web that enrich our lives and we want to stay up-to-date on the information they offer.  Wouldn’t it be awesome if you could just get all the new posts from all your favorite websites and blogs in one place to read at your convenience?

Well now you can, and it is called RSS feed.

What is RSS in Very Simple Terms?

“RSS” stands for Really Simple Syndication.  All you need to know is this service is set up to automatically “sync” content from  your favorite sites.

It’s like subscribing to a personalized magazine but instead of it coming in your physical mail box each month when the magazine is published it is delivered to your “RSS Reader” every time your favorite website updates.

I am not a technical  web-savvy guy, but even I can use RSS.  That’s the beauty of it.  You just have to change your habits from bookmarking to instead subscribing to sites you enjoy.  RSS takes care of the rest, and it is so much more convenient!

What is an RSS Reader?

An RSS reader is a place you go to read the feeds you have subscribed to. The most popular ones are Google Reader and Bloglines.  I personally use Google Reader and I love it.  Just click on the link and sign up.  You’ll be able to access it from any computer just by using your Google log-in information.  If you use Gmail, you already have your log-in information set up!

If you don’t want to set up an account at a feed reader, you can also have blog updates sent to your e-mail. This way the updates are sent right to your inbox each time your favorite site publishes something new.  I know many Engaged Marriage readers prefer this option, and I think it’s great for those who only particularly enjoy a few sites and may otherwise forget to check your Google Reader. By subscribing via email, you receive the exact same updates you would via a reader.

How Do I Subscribe to a Site?

This is the really easy part!  Most sites will have an RSS symbol (usually orange) near the top of the page, and all you have to do is click on it.  You’ll be able to select your favorite reader (such as Google Reader), and just like that you are subscribed!

If you prefer email, just look for a link to Email Updates or an E mail symbol.  You click it, enter your email address and you are good to go.  Please note that some sites (like this one) require you to click a verification link in an initial email to confirm your email subscription – this helps to cut down on spammers.

Also, in more web-friendly browsers (like Mozilla Firefox or Safari), you’ll see the RSS button right in the address bar.  Again, just click it and you are set!

On Engaged Marriage, there is an RSS button in the upper-right corner of the site.  You can also subscribe by email by putting your best email address in the opt-in box in the top right corner.  On a related note, I have also provided buttons in this area so you can follow me on Twitter or become a fan of the Engaged Marriage Facebook page.

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Subscribing to Engaged Marriage is Super Easy!

Thanks, but I’m a Geek & Want to Know More!

I hope you have found this summary informative enough that you now see just how awesome RSS/email subscriptions really are.  Please take a moment to subscribe to Engaged Marriage right now via RSS or email.  It’s free, you can unsubscribe at any time,  your address remains private, and you will not receive any spam!

If you are a techie or just overly intellectually curious, please check out these links for more information on RSS.  Also, check out the cool video below for a quick visual lesson on how it all works.

Getting Started with RSS

Explaining RSS the “Oprah” Way

New Header for Engaged Marriage (I Hope You Can See It!)

By Dustin | General

I just wanted to put a quick post up to let you know that I created a new header for the website.  I have heard that it does not initially show up from some readers…they either see the old one or there are some errors.  If you clear your cache, all should be well and you’ll be able to see the new logo.

If you are using Firefox, you can go to Tools-> Options -> Advanced -> Hit the “Clear Now” button next to Offline Storage.

For Internet Explorer, you will find it as follows:

Internet Explorer 8

  1. From the Safety menu in the upper right, click Delete Browsing History... .

  2. Check Temporary Internet files, Cookies, and History, and then click Delete.

Internet Explorer 7

  1. From the Tools menu in the upper right, select Delete Browsing History.

  2. Next to “Temporary Internet Files”, click Delete files... . To delete your cookies, click Delete Cookies.
  3. Click Close, and then click OK to exit.

That should have you ready to go!  Please let me know if you have any problems because I want everyone to see the site how it is intended. Let me know what you think of the changes!

Thank You for 1,000 Pageviews!

By Dustin | General

Engaged Marriage Celebration

As of Friday, Engaged Marriage hit the 1,000 pageview mark!  That means pages on the site have been read over 1,000 times (by about 560 visitors).  Given that the site has been in existence for less than three weeks and has barely made it onto the radar of the search engines, I am thrilled by the level of interest that has been shown.

I want to offer a very sincere THANK YOU to the small but growing loyal readership of the site.  Please continue to spread the word among your friends via email, Twitter, posting a link to the site on your Facebook page and all of the other creative ways you guys have found to quickly grow the readership.

I would love to connect with you on Twitter (@EngagedMarriage) and look for me on StumbleUpon (driechm).  And don’t forget to sign up yourself for email updates and/or the RSS feed subscription so you can stay up-to-date with new posts (it’s free and you will not receive any spam).

I cannot begin to tell you how inspiring it is to see a growing number of engaged readers and subscribers each day and week.  My dear wife can vouch for the fact that I am often up very late at night working on the site, and its genuine interest in the content that keeps me so fired up!

One last thing: I would LOVE to hear some feedback from anyone who is visiting the site.  I want to know if you like the content and/or the format of the site, and I really want to know what topics you would like to see covered by future posts.  Please post a comment to this post or if you prefer to remain private, shoot me an email via the “Contact” button at the top of the page.

Thanks again & I look forward to celebrating many more milestones with you along the way!

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The Big Issues Facing a New Marriage

By Dustin | General

New Marriage Advice

For many couples, it may be hard to imagine a more stressful time than those that we must face in our last years as poor single souls. Not only are you dealing with inconsiderate roommates, final exams, part-time work and the need to juggle a variety of critical social activities (sports, parties, beer drinking, movie watching, video games, etc.), you also have to plan the most romantic wedding proposal in history (for the guys) or the grandest wedding ceremony and reception ever celebrated in Western civilization.

Let’s not even talk about the trials of selecting the perfect wedding dress or honeymoon location, and don’t even mention the matrix that has to be evaluated to pick the right wedding attendants. And who can find a quality wedding photographer and a worthy cake decorator with a mere two years of notice? Talk about stress!

I’ll bet that those with a few years of marriage under your belt probably read these two paragraphs with a guilty grin. At the time, these seemed like real problems that demanded our full mental and emotional capacities. If we can only get through the wedding day and rock the honeymoon, life will be practically stress-free.

Not so much. Married life is awesome and lacks comparison to any life event for the sustained joy it brings (save perhaps the birth of your own children, but we’ll get to that). However, marriage brings about a LOT of new stressors and critical issues that you must deal with as a new couple.

Money, Careers, Sex & Family Planning, Household Management, Communication, Romance, Children, Individual Fulfillment, Spirituality. Yeah, these are kind of a big deal. Fortunately, if you are reading this, you have found what is emerging as a valuable resource to guide you from marriage preparation through those critical first several years of your marriage. Stick with Engaged Marriage as we address these issues and many others, and together we will try to get this whole awesome marriage thing figured out.

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