Subscribing to Disturbances in the Wash

The death of Google Reader is regrettable and I haven't yet decided on how I'll replace it. But more importantly, it got me worried about 2 things:

  1. Many of you have subscribed to the site via RSS and most are using Google Reader.
  2. My RSS feed is managed through Feedburner, another Google service which might be discontinued at any moment.

I'm worried about what would happen if Google ever kills Feedburner, so I'm moving my RSS feed over to the one built into Squarespace, the platform where this site is hosted. It doesn't have any features and as of version 6, it doesn't even show the subscriber count (hopefully they'll bring it back soon). But at least it's not dependent on a third company.


Please re-subscribe to the site using this feed URL:

I realise this is a big ask, but it's for the best in the long run. I hope you'll stick around.

I'll post a few reminders in the coming weeks. The old RSS feed should continue to work while Feedburner is around, but I can't guarantee it.


Squarespace now includes Google's complete web font library

This website is hosted on Squarespace1, as is my photography site which has been for over 2 or 3 years.

Squarespace is awesome. Check out their site if you haven’t heard of them before.

Basically it’s an web application that makes it extremely easy to build a great looking website. No coding is necessary unless you want to get fancy. They also host the site so it shouldn’t have a problem in case it gets fireballed. Plus, their support is great.

The font selector in Squarespace included a small selection of fonts from Google’s web font library, but I wanted one that wasn’t included by default. A couple of days ago I spent several hours figuring out how to do it. It was way easier than I expected. A couple of lines of code in the Squarespace tool and one line in the Custom CSS section. It worked perfectly.

However, I wanted to check out how different fonts looked on my site and going back and forth to change the code was a bit annoying. I wondered why Squarespace didn’t just build in all Google fonts straight into the tool. Two days later I got an email from them saying they’d done precisely that. Talk about timing!

From Squarespace:

You asked for Google’s complete web font library, and here it is. Over 300 fonts are now fully integrated within Squarespace, giving you an unprecedented selection of fonts to choose from. There’s nothing for you to install, no Javascript to add, no CSS to write. Everything is available within the Fonts, Colors & Sizes menu. It’s like magic.

Squarespace just keeps getting better and better. I don’t think too many people would be as enthusiastic about their hosting provider. And certainly very few would call them “awesome”. But Squarespace does deserve it. They are awesome.

  1. This is an affiliate link. It means that if you click on it and sign up for Squarespace, I’ll get a small commission for referring you to them. It doesn’t cost you anything extra and it helps pay for the hosting of this site. ↩