First, let me preface this with the acknowledgement – I make a ton of blogging mistakes. A metric ton. Seriously, I know I’m the last person who should be pointing fingers; my glass house is in shards at my feet right now. But I was so frustrated Saturday night that I couldn’t NOT write this post.
I assume, as bloggers, we want readers. I mean, if I didn’t want to share my thoughts with other people, I’d keep a diary instead of a blog. We want people to read our ideas, our troubles, our ramblings and rants. We’d like them to comment, so we can reply. We comment on other peoples’ blogs for the same reason. We share link love, we tweet, we like on Facebook. Some of us (ok, not me because I’m still in the Stone Ages) even Pin posts written by other bloggers. Me? I subscribe. If I like a post of yours, or if another blogger I like links up to you, I will usually subscribe through my Google Reader.
That button up there? Andrea from Nuts and Bolts Media created it for me (thanks, Andrea!), so that people could subscribe to my RSS feed, allowing them to read my blog in their reader. You can find it in the upper right hand corner of any page on my blog. Why? Because I want people to read me! I want you to be able to subscribe to my posts, and maybe find them interesting enough to drop by, comment, link up, tweet me – heck, even if you think I’m crazy and whiny, say so!
When you make it hard for me to subscribe to your blog, I get cranky. Saturday night, I wound up really cranky! I was reading a link roundup post from another blogger in the PF genre, and there were a lot of links to blogs I don’t read. I started clicking through to the links to add them to my Google Reader. The process should be simple – click link, page opens. Find Subscription button, click. Click Google, click add to Reader. Then I have one more step, I add to the category (I read a lot of blogs, I keep my Reader organized by type). As it is, that’s 5 clicks. Not too difficult, and then I can read your blog every time you post. If I have something to say, I will click through and comment!
I was amazed by how many people either a) had no subscription button at all; b) had a subscribe by email only feed; or c) when I clicked the link, I got an RSS feed page with no visible way to add to my Google Reader (yes, there may be a way, but I need simple).
Guess what? Those blogs are not added to my Reader. I know there are other ways to add them, but I was in the process of adding almost 40 blogs on Saturday. In total, I added about 25, and 15 did not make it because there was no easy way to subscribe. And that’s too bad. They may be great blogs written by super authors, but I don’t have enough time to manually add each and every blog to my Reader. Oh, and if you use abbreviated posts in your feed and expect me to click over to your blog to read the whole post? I delete you from my reader and don’t read you any more either. Sorry I’m not sorry.
/Rant over. Thanks for reading. And for all of you who subscribe? Thank you, thank you! I really appreciate each and every one of you.