50% of you are sub’d the ‘wrong’ feed

Cori asked me a good question a couple of days ago - Why do I encourage subscribers to sub to this feed of mine, rather than the other default feed the blogware provides?

3 reasons:

1.  I can't splice in other feeds from other services I use to into the default feed. Example, my feedburner feed includes links I post to del.icio.us. Posting stuff there is like informal blogging for me - it's quick, easy and I will normally pick out a quote that shows why I think link is worth a read (and/or provide short commentary).  So if you're sub'd to my default feed you're missing about one half of my 'posts'. (note - more splicing options are hinted at by feedburner in their support forums - right now it's limited to a certain number of services, del.icio.us is one)

2. I can't redirect users from my default feed to my feedburner feed automagically (I would have done this already if I could). This blogware is good, but if I decide to change or experiment, you're stuck with my old feed.

3. The last reason is selfish (but ultimately better for you). I'm a stats freak (I've now have around 900 feedburner subscribers since September and still have around the same again for the default feed). The feedburner stats give me great feedback on what you find of interest (at an aggregate level). Now, since you've been kind enough to subscribe to me, the least I could do is for you is for me to give to you less of what you find utterly dull and more of what you like.

(There is a slight downside for me on this by having the fb feed. Stats get published internally on our blog / rss traffic, so because I'm directing users to my fb feed, these fb rss views don't count on the internal stats. But the above pros counter this niggly con.)

So, please, if you're not sub'd to this feed please update. Thanks.

Comments (10)
  1. Andy Noyon says:

    Hi Alex,

    I’d like to sub to your new feed, but I use Sharpreader, and that isn’t a choice in the list of readers.  Maybe there’s another way of subscribing while still using Sharpreader, but I can’t find it.  And sorry, I enjoy your blog but I’m not going to change reader just so I can subscribe to your new feed, even though I only get a subset on the old feed.


  2. BillyG says:

    I was wondering why I hadn’t heard from you for awhile, thx.

  3. MSDNArchive says:

    thanks for dropping by Andy. The fb feed provides a standard RSS or Atom (up to you). I aleady have 24 Sharpreader subcsribers – so there should be no reason to change reader 🙂

  4. Andy Noyon says:

    Hah,  I’m blind as well as stupid!  Thanks Alex, feed now swapped.

  5. MSDNArchive says:

    cool, thanks Andy.

  6. Kevin says:

    Howdy Alex,

    You may already be aware of this, but just wanted to let you know just in case:  The next version of Community Server (2.1) will allow you to splice other feeds into your blog.  It will also allow you to redirect your blog feed to an external service like FeedBurner, so you won’t have to ask people to switch manually.   Not sure if #3 (better feed stats) will make it into 2.1 or not, but if you are using FeedBurner it won’t matter to you.  =)

    This site should be updated with a beta of the new version in a few weeks.

  7. MSDNArchive says:

    Kevin – many thanks for the heads up – cool news indeed!


  8. Noah says:

    Hello Alex – I was very happy to learn about FeedBlendr (http://feedblendr.com/).  You can make a mega-feed that can take your FeedBurner feed and others into one RSS or ATOM feed.  You would lose the FeedBurner analytics, which is a bummer, but you can do some other cool stuff.  I did this here http://www.anvl.org/mt_blog/archives/000249.html.

    Cheers – Noah

  9. As you might know, I like to keep an eye on my Feedburner / RSS / Aotm / feeds stats.


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