Monday, March 23, 2009

Was It Something I Said?

I use Feedburner to burn my feed.  I have no idea what exactly that means, but all the bloggers do it.  So I do it, too.  All I understand is that it's supposed to be helpful and to keep your readers with you if you should happen to move your blog to a different spot.

Well, I've never understood how the service works.  When it says that I have 26 subscribers, are they actual, real-live subscribers?  Or are some of the "subscribers" search engines or something that happened to grab my feed?  If there's anyone out there who can shed light on this topic, please talk to me.  The reason I ask is because my numbers go up and down so strangely.  Are people really subscribing and unsubscribing that frequently?  How do I go from 26 to 22 and then down to 15?  FIFTEEN?!?  And here I was getting so excited because I thought I might reach the big 3-0 soon.

Was it something I said?

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  1. It's really best if you don't worry about the numbers. Especially with feedburner - I think it may need more caffeine or something, because it always acts up with me. One day I had it drop ALL of my subscribers, and then pick them all back up again the next day. I actually just disconnected from them, because I was tired of the tantrums (theirs, not mine! :P )

    The thing is, they're just numbers. You should just blog for the reasons you do and not worry about the rest - a hard lesson that I have taken awhile to learn, but so worth it! *hugs*

  2. Yeah, I'm not really a help there. I think there are variables... but I'm not even sure on what those are, LOL.

    Don't worry about it.

  3. Mine doesn't quite bounce around a whole lot, but it does some. It counts how many people pull your feed on that day (and I'm pretty sure it has to be real people). So as I loaded you up in my reader, it counts me (possibly more than once, as I'm looking as several new posts of yours).

  4. I don't even know what a feedburner is...


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