I like to know what’s happening*. A couple weeks ago I got this app called Ego (I choose not to analyze that) so I could check my Google Analytics on my phone.
It has a spot to monitor your RSS, so I merrily signed up for Feedburner—prior to that I was using whatever (totally untrackable?) RSS my blog template came with. I’m dumb about RSS. But if I’ve learned anything from Copyblogger, it’s that subscriptions are really important and people need to spend over 2 minutes on your site or you’re a bloggy failure.So now I can count how many people do and don’t like me on a moment-by-moment basis. Um, fantastic?
It’s a serious roller coaster of the self esteem to post an article you believe in and gain subscribers…and post one you know is self-serving and see people delete you. It’s hard not to equate these invisible people to friends, and hard not to mold your content according to what you imagine they want.
It depends why you have a blog. I’m just going to keep being myse…OH YEAH! 3 MORE SUBSCRIBERS WHILE I WROTE THIS!
* The ONE DAY I didn’t check Google Analytics, TechCrunch linked to my blog. I found out like 3 days later. Now I sleep with my phone under my pillow. In airplane mode, don’t worry.