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December 17, 2004

A technical blog post

(Please ignore if posting about the humdrum aspects of running a blog bore you)

A while back it occured to me that TypePad doesn't register RSS readers. If most people you know and read use these, it means you have very little idea how many people do read your posts. This largely leaves the stats on my site coming from Google. Now, of course it may just be that all I get are Googling Jerry Garcia acidheads and some links from other sites, but unlikely.

Any suggestions? Do you use StatCounter or similar that might give me more of an idea how many people read via NetNewsWire and its ilk?

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Not offhand, no, but if it's any help -- I read your posts via both Feedemon and Newsnetwire (depending on which flavour of machine I am using).

Posted by: Rogi | Dec 17, 2004 5:11:32 PM

Have you tried using Feedburner (http://www.feedburner.com/fb/a/home)? That gives you a way to control your feed and get stats regarding who's reading it. Worth a shot.

Posted by: Suw | Dec 18, 2004 12:12:30 PM

Thanks both of you. Feedburner looks just what I was looking for. Will try it and see what happens.

Posted by: Tim Aldrich | Dec 21, 2004 12:06:24 PM

Also: restrict your RSS/site feed to the first X chars/first paragraph. Then people will be _aware_ of you posting, but will need to click-though to your actual site to read your post. Which will correctly update your stats.

Also: http:/www.reinvigorate.com/ is excellent.

Posted by: Saltation | Jan 10, 2005 1:16:53 AM