Feed the Reader

No, this post is not about RPGs, but about blogs, the RPG Bloggers Network and feed readers. I’ve noticed that the vast majority of my readers are referred to my blog by our network’s main site. And only a few have subscribed to my RSS feed. So, why should you subscribe?

  • You won’t miss any articles
    When you check out rpgbloggers.com irregularly you probably miss most of the articles. When I go to our network’s main site I usually skim through the topmost articles and check out if there are any new posts in the “featured” category. If it’s a very active day in the network a lot of interesting posts have probably been pushed to the second page already. 
  • But I’ve already subscribed to the RPG Bloggers Network Feed! Why should I add yours too?
    Reading the rpgbloggers.com feed is like drinking from the firehose. When you subscribe to my feed and the feeds of other RPG blogs you like, you not only get the full posts in most cases, you also get to read posts that are NOT related to roleplaying games. Some of the network’s members write about a lot of other interesting things that you’ll miss, when you just read the rpgbloggers.com feed.
  • But don’t I need an expensive feed reader software?
    No, of course not. Although they are quite a few commercial feed readers there are a lot of free alternatives. There are several web-based feed-readers available. You can for example use Google Reader or Bloglines. Or you can add a feed to you personalized Google page or to your NetVibes page. If you prefer a desktop application, use FeedReader3 or search on your favorite search engine for “Free feedreader”. Or, if you use the Opera browser, you can use the excellent built-in feed reader!
 
I hope I have you convinced by now. So, what’s the next step? Subscribe to my blog’s RSS feed using the method of your choice! If you need the feed’s adress it’s 

 

If you have any more questions to this topic, feel free to ask! Post your thoughts in the comment section below!

6 thoughts on “Feed the Reader”

  1. I fully agree with what ChattyDM wrote as comment on my “Drinking from the firehose” post:

    Promotion of your bloig will be through content and you pushing your readers to subscribe to your feed.
    The network is there to remind people that you are there and to bring in new readers…
    Keeping the traffic is now your job, like it is mine.

    And reminding people that they should subscribe to my RSS feed is just the first step to promote my blog further. I am currently thinking about a few more things I can do…

  2. As a reader, not a blogger, I have to say that the incentive to sign up for individual feeds is pretty low. I had some RPG feeds before I started using the Network’s feed, and now I’m going through and removing them in favor of the Network alone.

    It’s just much easier to scan through the Network’s feeds. Plus, I can scan the first 3-4 lines and know if it’s worth my time to click through. Having the full post in the reader would be nice, but not all blogs do that, and it’s not worth it to me to find out which ones do.

    My $0.02

    Micahs last blog post..The Awakening

  3. It's a good idea to put an RSS icon in a very visible place on your page. (I have mine in the upper right, at the top of my first sidebar. On a narrow screen, when my theme wraps the second sidebar beneath the first, the feed icon remains at the top of the column.)

    As readers go, let my plug Brief, a plugin for Firefox. It's pretty light, fast, and does exactly what I want it to.

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