When I setup my blog several years ago I decided to use FeedBurner to manage my RSS feed (http://feeds.feedburner.com/myhrblog). There were several reasons for this decision the top two were portability and statistics. When I moved my blog to WordPress a good couple of years ago I kept my FeedBurner feed and put a link to it on the sidebar. However WordPress still automatically created it’s own feed, http://www.specht.com.au/michael/feed/ which since browsers have become to recoginse RSS feeds in the HTML meant that a number of people started to subscribe to the WordPress feed. Subscribing to the WordPress feed is not bad, it’s the same content, but I was missing the statistics.
My reader numbers, according to FeedBurner, for the last year or so have been stable at about 240-250 readers. Not a huge number but given the lack of focus the blog has had, I was quite happy.
Last week I found a new WordPress plugin, Feedburner FeedSmith, that redirects requests to the standard WordPress feed back to my FeedBurner feed. I installed it thinking I would finally get a better understanding of reader numbers.
My reaction. Wow.
It seems there are a few more of you than 240, closer to 500.
Firstly, thanks! I am very grateful to you for finding space in your RSS Reader for me and my blog. Of all of the blogs out there, for 500 people to subscribe to this one blows me away.
This also got me thinking, given there are more readers than I thought I probably should double my effort on each blog post.