Get off your RSS

January draws to a close (already!!) and it is time for me to own up. I’ve been experimenting on you. Sorry about that but, on the bright side, it’s not like some weird alien abduction involving probes and brain washing.

In fact, if I’m honest, it’s only really occurred to me these past couple of days that I’ve been experimenting.

I’ve been posting to this blog for a very long time and it’s fair to say, and indeed I did say it, that my blogging mojo was slowly eroding. To try and see if it was just laziness I decided that I’d try and post every single day for at least the month of January, and then see how I felt.

This is contrary to most of the advice and reassurance I was given, which largely boiled down to the fact that I need only post when I wanted to and that the lovely, smart, beautiful people who read this blog would be quite happy.

Quality not quantity they said.

Pfffftttt, I said.

Which brings us right up to date.

Putting aside the part of me that writes all this for the sheer fun of it, I turn to my stats. Surely with a more regular stream of content, my stats would be on the rise? I may it stands to reason, doesn’t it?

You’d think.

It hasn’t. Not one jot. My average (130 visits a day) remains as it was throughout all of last year. Flat, static, constant.

Mind you, I don’t actually know how many people read the posts via RSS (dear people who make clever website stats thingies, can’t I get ONE single via of all the consumers of my content?). I’m an avid RSS user myself and I know how often, on average, I actually click through to read a website

So I’d like to extend my experiment a little. For today only, could I trouble you, dearest RSS reader, to click through to the website? You don’t have to leave a comment, just load up the website if you read this post.

I’ll post before and after stats, so come on people LET’S MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!!


  1. John W. said:

    Ah, you got me.

    I admit it – I’m an RSS post reader.


    January 29, 2009
  2. Pewari said:

    *faithful RSS reader clicking through* 🙂

    I really must do something similar with more regular content. I think I’m getting blog-jaded…

    January 29, 2009
  3. Misssy M said:

    I’m an Rss’er. I only click through to make a comment- but I’ve read every one of your Jan posts ,although since we’re all fessing up here, I did skim read the one you wrote about your phone as I’m the sort of person who uses her mobile phones for calls only (and that’s only when I remember to take it with me…)

    January 29, 2009
  4. Adrian said:


    January 29, 2009
  5. Adrian said:

    Right so you eat my long comment but not my short one.

    You bastard.

    January 29, 2009
  6. I’m an RSSer too. Sorry. Rarely click through – but you are always read. 🙂

    January 29, 2009
  7. Adrian said:

    I read by RSS. However I haven’t been reading you lately because I like to comment on your blogs and have mainly been reading on the move (iPhone) or when eating lunch. So pick blogs to read that I wouldn’t comment on. Mainly work stuff.

    I still plan to read the 14 or so I have stacked up. However if I’m really behind on my blogs, I tend to skim everything.

    I came to this post by MikeTDs twitter. So I’m not sure where the count counts.

    January 29, 2009
  8. mike said:

    Aha, I’ve got through AT LAST!

    I’d entertained vague thoughts of posting every day throughout January, but clearly the wheels came off THAT wagon before I’d even put the key in the ignition. (That’s what drivers do, yes?)

    However, I do seem to be Tumblr-ing every day, if that’s any substitute.

    January 29, 2009
  9. DraconianOne said:

    Your feed appears on my list despite my repeated attempts to delete it. I am considering legal action.

    January 29, 2009
  10. Matt said:

    I read by RSS too, and it’s a bit of a pain in the ass commenting from NetNewsWire on my iPhone, which is where I do most of my reading at the moment. I only tend to comment these days if I’ve got something REALLY interesting to say, or if I’m tipsy and think what I’m going to comment is funny (it usually turns out not to be).

    January 29, 2009
  11. shauna said:

    still reading of course, but all the iphone talk is very hard to bear 😛

    January 29, 2009
  12. Croila said:

    Oh you comment whore, you! 😉

    Actually, I’m sort of cheating with the RSS thing because I look at your stuff in GReader and I’ve got a FF extension for it – Better GReader – which means I can click through to your site in a frame within GReader. But I only ever do that for people’s sites if I want to leave a comment …

    Wish I could have forced myself to post every day in January. I’ve come to to a total standstill!

    January 29, 2009
  13. izb said:


    What the hell is this? This doesn’t look like google reader… it looks like some sort of ‘other website’. So strange, yet the words on it are so eerily familiar…

    No.. I must simply be imagining things.

    January 29, 2009
  14. k said:

    RSS-tard here too, I’m afraid, but hello!

    January 29, 2009
  15. Thom said:

    Gosh, look at all those comments, normally I’d have missed ’em

    January 29, 2009
  16. Ariel said:

    Ah, but what of those like me who do not know their RSS from their elbow?

    January 29, 2009
  17. Lesley said:

    Got off my fat RSS.

    January 29, 2009
  18. Andy N said:

    I miss the comments too, but RSS rules

    January 29, 2009
  19. Spiral Skies said:

    Erm… guilty. I read everything though. But RDD is so good for furtive work blog-reading. Mmmm, furtive = good word.

    January 29, 2009
  20. Spiral Skies said:

    RSS. Not RDD. You see, I am too sausage-fingered to be allowed on ‘real’ weblogs on the web.

    January 29, 2009
  21. wee David said:

    Still reading-via Google RSS. Clicked through to see if there’s a difference.

    January 29, 2009
  22. Z said:

    Bloglines gives you another 49 subscribers. I usually click through, but I’ve been busy this month and often take several days to catch up. I always read though, as you know.

    January 29, 2009
  23. Lyle said:

    Bizarrely, I tend to see the site both in “Real Format” and in RSS through Google Reader (which is why I didn’t bother commenting yesterday on this) depending on where I am at the time.

    Current Job has a nasty habit of blocking blog sites (and don’t even attempt owt on blogspot) which is where the RSS feeds and Google Reader come in handy.

    January 30, 2009
  24. K said:

    This is just a ploy for more comments, isn’t it?? 😉 Even saying “you don’t have to comment”… worked a treat! 🙂

    January 30, 2009
  25. Gordon said:

    Thank you all!

    Stats from yesterday suggest that an extra (on average) 60 people visited the website, which fits with some of the figures I’ve seen around who subscribes to my feeds.

    I wasn’t expecting this many comments either, but apparently my audience is puerile and can’t resist any excuse to make a bad (a)RSS(e) pun. 😉

    January 30, 2009
  26. Will said:



    January 30, 2009
  27. JonnyB said:

    You have a RSS feed..?!?

    January 30, 2009
  28. Neil said:

    RS.. what now?

    January 31, 2009
  29. Gert said:

    Not only do I normally read through Bloglines but also I have my numerous Blogs on a constant backlog so I’m commenting on Sunday instead

    February 1, 2009
  30. Elle said:

    Late but here….just.

    February 1, 2009

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