The reason I do this is to allow me keep track of an be involved in conversations I might otherwise not be a part of, such as me failing to see a reply on Twitter or when somebody links to a post I’ve written here but their blog doesn’t send a trackback.
If I’m to be honest there’s also a fair dollop of vanity involved too – I want to know who’s talking about me.
What tools do you use to keep track of the conversation surrounding you, your product or your sites?
It can be hard to track down problems with your RSS feed and for the past two days I’ve been trying to figure out why FeedBurner wasn’t updating my feed.
Basically the problem with my feed was that it was too large as I had somehow managed to change the settings in WordPress to include the last 30 posts in the feed.
It was a pain in the ass to track down too, because the raw feed of this blog displayed in IE and could be subscribed to in feed readers without problems, yet tools like Feed Validator and the W3C feed validator insisted that there was no feed or an error.
As with so many things in this world, size is everything and in this case mine (RSS feed) was just too large. The tools mentioned above simply couldn’t handle the size and FeedBurner was so intimidated by it that it simply refused to update.
The fix, in this case, is a little cosmetic surgery to reduce the size. By dropping the number of posts from 30 to 10, everything started working again.
For future reference, if you want FeedBurner to let you on board, you may need to snip the tip a little and reduce your RSS feed file size to below 512K, which is about all it can handle.
Really I don’t care if you’re not concerned about how many people read your blog. I couldn’t give a monkeys arse about your super minimalist design. I fart in the face of your need for the ultimate in minimalist aesthetics.
If you don’t have a clear and easily located RSS or subscribe button on your blog I won’t be subscribing anytime soon.
I’ve run into this “little issue” twice in the past 24 hours and as a result, two blogs which I feel I really could get to like are each a subscriber short.
Lets be honest here, we all blog because some part of us is an exhibitionist at heart, we want people to read what we write or we wouldn’t go to the trouble of posting it to the internet in the first place. So with that in mind, why make it difficult for people to subscribe?
Happy Hour with Mr. Business Golf – Splogging or Blog Pirating 2
As a follow up to our podcasts about the internet and the problems with social networks (Part 1, 2, 3, 4) Scot Duke and I recorded a segment about splogs, how they affect bloggers and how to deal with them.
This 14 minute show is the second of series of podcasts (Part 1) to come out of that conversation.
As you remember, I am visiting with Paul O’Flaherty on Sploggers and the issues that surround what they are causing bloggers. In this second part Paul and I get down to the nuts and bolts of the issue on Splogging, what the problems they are causing and Paul offers some great insight into a few possible solutions bloggers should consider to battle Sploggers. I have a feeling you are going to enjoy this segment, so sit back and listen to what Paul and I have to say about Splogging.