Earlier last month I posted about not displaying my FeedBurner Icon when it was at such a low figure. The reason being that it can be a deterrent to readers to subscribe when they see that only 5 or 10 people read your blog. It’s all about the psychology behind the numbers, if they are high, people are more likely to click the subscribe, and if they are low people are less likely.
I posted that I was going to wait until my numbers hit 50 or 60, and today I am please to show off that I have 51 subscribers. Also funnily enough my Authority on Technorati is also at 51.
It will now be interesting to see how long it takes to get another 50 readers who check in here. Hopefully it won’t be too long, but I do know I need to provide some interesting content and ideas that will bring the readers back again and again.
Feed Burner Progress
Here is an image from my FeedBurner panel, (to display for your feed go to Analyze –> Feed Stats –> Show stats for “all time”)
So in the last month it’s been rising steadily, with a few bumps along the way. Many people wonder why do the stats dip at certain times, and as far as I can see some people who use Outlook or other programs, may not request to see your feed every day. This could be because it was the weekend, or simply the user didn’t use their computer that day. FeedBurner reports the number of active users, rather than a number of expected users. Aggregators like BlogLines or Google Reader will check your feed at regular intervals (plus it’s possible to ping them to inform them you have a new post), so this portion of your subscribers will tend to stay constant. Ofcourse it is possible that tips are due to people un-subscribing, but who would do such a thing to me 😉 ?