Is FeedBurner’s End Near?
Though Camping did admit to being wrong…
Maybe he meant October 12 not 21
Maybe he was off by a year.
And even more important than the world ending…
Maybe he meant the world as bloggers know it would end.
All around the web, the talk is, Feedburner ends October 12, 2012.
Many people keep asking if it’s true.
I’ve got to ask, does it matter?
Not the bloggers needing a feed part, but does it matter if Feedburner closes down?
I mean really, I’ve been looking into leaving for months.
Update 09/21/2012: I did leave, and here’s the post on how I did it (but if you’re unsure about leaving, read on to learn why you may want to)
Ever since May…
Maybe camping was referring to my RSS Feed.
Sometime after Mother’s Day my feed got wonky.
Subscribers via email would get emails from me on days i didn’t post with a list of my past posts, something that was not my idea and I couldn’t find a way to turn off.
I guess it pissed off many.
Because several nights ago, out of no where, overnight…I lost 100+ subscribers. They just went POOF!
And I hadn’t made one damn change to the blog nor had I written anything to piss people off – at least I don’t think I did.
I have drawn my conclusions though.
Subscribers via Google’s Feedcatcher was once a higher number. Though it doesn’t explain away the 100+, since the difference is now less, but still, there’s about 80 less now than before.
Now, Google Feedcatcher only updates feedburner in batches of who’s unsubscribed or subscribed.
Now this can really screw with your mind.
Imagine, you publish a post and promote your rss feed in it and then check your feedburner stats in a few days to see if the post helped boost your signups.
Let’s say Feedcatcher updated Feedburner during that time of your new subscribes and unsubscribes.
Not knowing that feedcatcher does this in batches, you could come to the conclusion that your post didn’t do well at all and you lost 100 subscribers which would be bloody depressing and cause you to get pissing drunk and write a post insulting your readers and lose whoever you have left.
On the flip side, you may come to the conclusion that the post did really well because you now have 100 more subscribers.
You would probably then proceed to write more posts pressuring people to signup, thinking it was a good tactic and in the end just piss off all your readers.
Maybe they become so pissed off, they subscribe just to unsubscribe to hurt your feelings.
Hey! It could happen…
People will unsubscribe for whatever reason.
God knows I have too many blogs in my feedreader, and if i had the time, i would delete all those i never get to read just to make the reader easier to navigate.
It’s not always a personal thing.
Sometimes it’s a practicality thing.
So, I’ve been looking at feedburner alternatives.
Feedblitz is supposedly the shit. However, you have to pay for those who subscribe by email. RSS subscribers are free. I’m not sure if you can NOT offer email subscription. I don’t mind paying a service that offers reliable support, but the pennies can add up depending on how many people decide to subscribe by email. And since I have email subscribers, I really don’t want to turn that option off.
FeedMyInbox made me sit here with my mouth hanging open, because the blogger isn’t charged, the people who subscribe get charged. What kinda BS is that?
Rapid Feeds seems ok for $4.49 /month though I can’t figure out if their feed is ads free.
Another alternative is to just use my own damn feed and purchase a plugin to track and manage it. That idea is looking better and better to me. God bless the flexibility of WordPress. Oh! And please bless my kids and hubby too. And all the good people reading this post thinking I’m crazy.
What do you use for your Feed needs?