Top Knitting Blogs With Public RSS Stats
Not everyone visits a blog directly. Life is busy and reading a feed saves time. It’s not unusual to find a blog with average traffic having boatloads of subscribers.
If the majority of your fans keep in touch via feed readers, consider displaying your success. It will encourage more readers to give your blog a second look.
We humans are predictable creatures and are instinctively drawn to a popular site. We don’t want to miss out. Seeing social proof that others already like you makes us want to join too. We might subscribe for a couple weeks to check you out and we might stick around much longer. Either way, you win more eyeballs.
If your current subscriber count is consistently above 100, it’s to your advantage to broadcast that success. If your number is above 400, make sure you display it towards the top of your sidebar, what newspaper folks call above the fold. That big of a number is guaranteed to encourage more subscriptions.
Convinced and want to be included below? Activate the Feedburner feedcounter on your site then drop me a note. No minimum reader count needed to participate. Given the current low number of knitting blogs with public RSS stats, I’ll be adding to this list as soon as I’m contacted, rather than waiting for a yearly update.
Top Knitting Blogs – RSS
|Site||Feb 19, 2009||Today|
|2||Now Norma Knits||1945|
|3||Turtlegirl’s Bloggy Thing||971|
|5||JessaLu Knits (and Spins!)||288|
|6||One Crazy Fiber Lady||254|
|8||My Knitting Machines And Me||?|
|11||Knits With A Silent K||?|
|12||The Knitting Doctor||?|
|13||Christ, coffee and knitting needles||26|
|14||Leslie Carroll’s Original Knits||?|
|15||Needles of Steel||?|
|18||marie fly fly||?|
|19||Anna’s Yarn Mansion||?|
|20||Lazy Knits and Purls||?|
|21||Knittin’ and Lovin’ It||?|
If you are new to Feedburner and you see a count of 0 when you activate, or you have recently gone through Feedburner’s update process for established accounts and half your readers have disappeared, DO NOT PANIC.
It will take Feedburner up to a week to get everything stabilized. I went through the update process last week and “lost” half of my subscribers for 3 days. It sucked to stare at the low number, but Feedburner got everything back to normal on its own.
For those with established Blogline readers, you have at least that many Feedburner readers. All Feedburner does is go out and count on any given day how many people who want your feed, be it through Bloglines, Google Reader, or any numerous other feed services, have their computer turned on and can be pinged. This is why Feedburner totals fluctuated daily. Some of our subscribers have the audacity to actually turn off their machines when not in use. Don’t they realize we hate seeing our subscriber totals play roller coaster?
What I recommend is to wait a week after creating a Feedburner account before publicizing your feedcounter. That way, your count will have stabilized and best reflect your current standing.
February 19, 2009