Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  I asked to have my blog added, but it never appears!  Why not?

A:  There are a few reasons this could happen.

  • The aggregator couldn’t find an RSS feed to use.  If there doesn’t appear to be a valid RSS or Atom feed, it can’t be processed. You would want to talk to you blog hosting provider about this.  I recommend using WordPress for blogging.  It seems to be the most reliable blogging application out there.  If you want to have your own “.com” blog (like myelomablog.com), please contact me and let me know.  I can help you.
  • Often, blogspot.com/blogger.com will have errors like this, and there is nothing we can do about that.  The feed will just stop working.  We will try every hour to look for your feed, 24×7. Example error message we see:
    This XML document is invalid, likely due to invalid characters. XML error: Invalid document end at line 1, column 1
  • I overlooked the request you sent for your blog to be added, or it may have been trapped by my spam filter.  Please submit it again after waiting a day or two.

Q:   How can I start my own blog?

A:   I highly recommend using WordPress for blogging.  You can get a free blog at http://www.healthblogs.org, by contacting me.

Q:  I really want to have a blog that I own, and is not controlled by some free blog site.  How can I do that?

A:   Please contact me, and I will show you how to get started.  If you already know what name you want, simply register a domain name here.

Q:  I have a blog about “Insert your topic here.”  It’s not about myeloma, but it’s interesting.  Will you add my feed?

A:  If your blog is about myeloma or life as a myeloma patient or caregiver, your blog will be added.   Generic cancer blogs or blogs about other diseases won’t be considered.  We’re sorry, but the feed is too large already for us to consider any other topics for inclusion.