I initially installed Haloscan because Blogger does not do trackbacks and would only allow comments from those logged into Blogger, and I wanted to be able to both send and monitor trackbacks and allow comments from everyone. And keep my cheapskate booty on lovely, free, SEO-friendly Blogger. Over time I came to really appreciate Haloscan's commenting system over the commenting system provided on Blogger and was very glad I had installed.
JS-Kit and Echo have received favorable coverage in the media and I knew that companies like Discovery were using this commenting software. I wasn't aware that JS-Kit had acquired Haloscan, but then keeping up with tech news isn't my top priority. I quickly caught up on Tech Crunch and then blithely plopped down my credit card info, logged onto Echo and went to my new Dashboard to access your comments and email addresses.
Maybe it's just taking JS-Kit awhile to convert all the Haloscan info over. But I did not receive an email from Haloscan or JS-Kit alerting me to the change over until after I had already paid for the conversion. I didn't even get an emailed receipt for my purchase. I haven't received an email letting me know about any timeline of service.
However, I was led to believe that by paying for the formerly free service, that all would carry on as before...and better. And it has not. In their sole email to me, JS-Kit wrote:
While Haloscan has a been a trusted friend for many, the reality is that the servers and the software are beginning to fail and our small startup is unable to continue to support two platforms. We recognize that change is always difficult and daunting, however we hope that the new features, great support and constant innovation on the Echo platform will offset the challenges of any switch.
I hate going ranty. It's just so bloggy. I'm a freelance writer...right?
Well, today I am very bloggy ranty low-techy ignoranty. Pretty soon I'll start talking about health care reform.
But it's all to explain to you why you'll have to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with Slippers in the title and your mailing address in the body of the mail to receive the free Princess and the Frog slippers before Christmas. In my mommybloggy giveaway.
Now I'm off to go find some Precious Moments clip art to paste in my margins and a plug-in that will play Taylor Swift when you arrive at my page!
Here I am modeling the slippers. They are almost too small on my big flippers.
Courtesy of the Disney folks that are bringing us the fabulous The Princess and the Frog film this winter (we LOVED it), I have three pairs of exclusive frog slippers for giveaway.
These will fit kids age 9 and up through adult to size 8 (they are stretchy and conforming, but can have room at the toes for a more pronounced froggy flop.) Leave a comment for a chance to win your own to keep or give as a gift this holiday season to your fave princess.
If you give a pair to a girl you love, maybe she'll smile just as widely as Eve here: