Taking over the Internet!

Recently I got into a discussion with another blogger about numbers, subscriptions, readership etc.  He is all wrapped up in the “numbers thing” and extremely passionate about boosting his ratings, getting more readers, and taking over the internet, ok so I made the last one up, but needless to say he does in fact have a lot of passion for his blog and the numbers it generates.
I on the other hand don’t really monitor the numbers, I just want folks to read the blog and get something out of it.  Entertainment, skills, motivation, whatever it is that I can do to help deliver the promise of Scouting using this wonderful tool called a blog.

Anyway, our little chat prompted me to look at some numbers, in particular the number of subscribers.  Now I am not sure what the accurate numbers are.  Since I moved the blog over to WordPress in March, the amount of readers per post has gone way up and 18 people subscribed to the blog.  The reason I say that I am not sure what the accurate numbers are is because according to Feedburner that has kept stats for me since basically I started is telling me that I have 94 subscribers.  That is to say that 94 (plus 18) folks are getting notified when there is a new post to the blog.
Now I subscribe to a hand full of blogs, mostly Scouting blogs and I enjoy getting an email on the iPhone telling me that a new post is on such and such blog.. I then can quickly preview the post and visit the blog later for the full version (pictures and whatnot).  I really like this feature.
My friend told me he has over 800 subscribers to his blog, hardly what I would call “taking over the Internet”.. but none the less, a great number of people that read his babbling.  So I had to ask myself why great Scouting blogs don’t get that many subscribers.  I know we are getting looked at… after all, we have ways of seeing how many visits, reads, downloads etc.  And oh by the way, since I looked at the numbers.. yeah, we are doing pretty darn good.  I mean just since I moved over to WordPress there have been 5,065 views… not to shabby considering.  And I am not sure who to believe, but since I got a Feedburner account in 2008 we have had 58,947.  I’ll go with that. 
Now, that really does not mean anything to me, because numbers are just numbers.  It is the comments, feedback, and the emails that I receive that really matter, that really means people are reading and either liking or disliking what I write here on the blog.
HAVING SAID ALL OF THAT….
Subscribing to the blog is super easy, and if you are like me you like to get a quick notification of whats new and improved.  So i encourage you to subscribe to the blog.  Simply click the “Sign me up” button over there on the right and you are in.
OK.. here is the real reason… I WANT TO TAKE OVER THE INTERNET!!!! and 94 subscribers are not going to make that happen!!! LOL!  So help us push Scouting to the front page of WordPress!!!  Subscribe to ALL of the Scouting blogs.  There are great blogs out there that I really enjoy.  Many are listed in my Blog roll over there on the right column.  So start with mine.. subscribe.. then move over to the rest and do the same.
Oh, and I don’t want to beg.. but c’mon folks.. leave a comment or two.  I have not developed the skill of reading minds over the Internet.. I got a good handle on Tenderfoot Scouts, but knowing what you all like, dislike, and are thinking is way beyond my skill level.  Leave feedback, comments,voicemail, or drop me an email… all of those options are available right here on the blog.

Have a Great Scouting Day!

PS. #100daysofscouting
Today- Reviewing Tickets for the Buffalo Patrol, attending the Parent/ Staff meeting for the Summer Camp staffers, hanging out with my family.  TADA!

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5 thoughts on “Taking over the Internet!

  1. Jay

    Hey! I am a subscriber through Google Reader. Enjoy reading the blog, it’s the only scouting one that I subscribe to currently. I am a Webelos den leader and enjoy reading about what to look forward to in Boy Scouts.

    I subscribe to 180 blogs so I tend to skip over the longer posts. I’m not sure if it would work for your format, but perhaps using bullets or a summary would make me read a larger percentage of posts.

    Keep up the good work!

  2. Jay

    BTW, clicking on stats in my Google Reader states you have 196 subs. Not sure how that number gets generated.

    Feed URL: http://thescoutmasterminute.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default
    Posts per week:4.9 Subscribers:196 Last updated:11:52 AM (23 minutes ago) A parsing error was encountered. Learn more.

  3. Perhaps you taking over the internet might not be a bad thing Jerry!
    More Scouting blogs and info on here can’t be a bad thing and will help to promote the movement. And, perhaps, one day some of the less desirable material will disappear!

    YIS
    Nick

  4. tw cook

    As Jay points out above, many of us subscribe via an RSS reader like Google Reader. As such we probably don’t show up in any stats you are seeing but we are regulars nevertheless. So, keep up the good work, and realize that your audience is bigger than you think!

  5. Sam L.

    I won’t subscribe. I don’t need more mail in my in-box. You’re on my weekly reading list and now I’m back from Camp Lewis and catching up.

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