Toward the end of September I posted Why I don't trust RSS subscriber figures, which questioned whether RSS subscriptions really represent real readers. My suspicion is that they do not.
Today I happened to read this Dear Reader, Who Are You? post at the popular DailyBlogTips site. That post asks readers to introduce themselves by leaving a comment. The blog displays a Feedburner stats chiclet that shows almost 32,000 RSS subscribers, but so far, less than 200 people have posted a comment.
Actually, a LOT less than 200 - many of the comments are the blog owner respondng to reader comments!
Sure, some people are shy. Some people just don't care. I understand that. But less than 200 from 32,000? That seems very low - unless, as I suspect, most of those subscriptions aren't really being read.
So, I thought we'd try the same thing here. If you are reading this, please take a moment to leave a short comment introducing yourself or just saying "Hiya!" if you'd prefer. It's OK to do that anonymously! - I'm after statistics, not your name or website if you feel strongly about privacy.
Feedburner tells me that we have over 2,000 subscriptions. However, there are subscribers who won't see this post - people can and do subscribe to only Linux posts, only OS X posts and so on. That only knocks a few hundred off though - approximately 2,000 RSS subscribers would see this post if they really are there.
My bet is that we get less than 20 posts in response.
No, I don't mean that there are only 20 real readers. I'd guess the real number is North of 500 and South of 1,000. But less than 10% of those are actively involved.
If you can, tell me whether your reader shows Adsense ads too - that's just idle curiousity on my part. I know Google Reader does, but I'm not sure about others.
So, let's see what actually happens.
You can leave a comment if you didn't first read this in RSS, but please indicate that so we have more accurate results, thanks.
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