So, if you subscribe and wouldn’t mind taking a second, please swap out the URL in your reader.
Why? It solves two problems for me. First, it will tell me if anyone is actually subscribing. None of your private information, just # of people. I’ll keep blogging either way but I’m kind of curious. Second, I’ve been looking for a way to add “Digg This” to my feed. I don’t know whether anyone actually cares to Digg my stuff but if they do I’d like to make it easy for them. The problem is the link needs to have the URL for the post in it, which I don’t know until the post gets published. It’s unnecessary work to get the URL and go back to update my post if this will do it for me. It also adds a link to share it on Facebook (which I don’t use but people do). If you would like to have Del.icio.us on there as well, let me know.
Other tools I’ve been playing with – there is a SnapShots box down on the right side of my page you can use if you would like to preview URLs, and Blogflux keeps track of some interesting things like how many people are opening the site, from where, what browser, etc. Again, I don’t really care about any of that but at times I am curious.
So, why blog if I don’t care whether anyone is reading? Good question I suppose. If you look back at my “50 first posts” article, I tell the story of Kevin Sullivan and I starting up blogs for the sake of having technical information to reference. I blog more than just technical info now but I’m still not totally comfortable with posting negative opinions so I don’t, just things I find to be interesting to me. I don’t want to look back in 10 years and feel bad about posting some obnoxious opinion piece. There are plenty of blogs out there for readers who want that.
One detail I left out of the story when Kevin and I first started blogging – We had an idea what we wanted to do but wanted some insight in to best practices so Kevin, Jeff, and I had a conference call with Robert Scoble who at the time worked for Microsoft and was really getting active as a blogger. Looking back, I think that call was the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back and got us to bring our sites online. Several times I’ve talked with Kevin and others about having a team or v-team blog but everyone, including me, likes having something of their own to enjoy working on! So far it looks like I’m averaging about 100 posts a year, which is fine by me.