To blog or not to blog...

Recently I took a look at this blogs subscribers. I'm going to be honest and tell you it's not a massive number.

I immediately posted on Twitter about how depressing it was seeing how few people were actually subscribing to my blog. Well the resulting tweets were inspiring. A lot of people it would seem pick up blog posts of interest from Twitter rather then from an RSS feed or from an email subscription. I've certainly seen that today with all the fantastic blog posts about the New Professionals Conference as well as those individuals who are undertaking the CPD23 course.

Those indviduals I salute and look forward to reading your blog posts. I will also be continuing with my blogging, having been encouraged by the responses I received on Twitter.

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    # by David Whelan - Wednesday, June 22, 2011

    Glad to hear you're keeping it up, James! I enjoy seeing your posts (and your tweets!). My blog experience is similar, with few actually subscribing. But that's made up for when I look at the traffic and see that some posts are regularly visited in response to a Google search query.

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    # by Suzanne Wheatley - Wednesday, June 22, 2011

    James, how timely... I was talking about exactly this and your Twitter posts at #npc2011 on Monday. We discussed the use of Twitter as a signpost to things of interest, including blogs. My feeling is that blogging is the best way to get your voice out there, be heard, offer opinion and create interesting and relevant content. The numbers may be lower than they have been, but when I mentioned your name, there were lots of nodding heads - maybe it's a combination of everything that you put out there that raises your brand?
    Please keep blogging!
    - Suzanne

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    # by Tixylix - Wednesday, June 22, 2011

    Hi James. I read your blog! I read it via Google Reader so presumably it means you don't get the stats from this, but I do read it and find it interesting. I'm in a similar boat (ie not that many subscribers) but I kid myself that they're doing what I do and read via a feed!

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    # by James Mullan - Friday, June 24, 2011

    Thanks all for you comments. I shall continue blogging of course. But it's interesting to know that a lot of people prefer to pick up items of interest from Twitter rather then subscribe directly. As it happens as lot of people on Twitter said they read this blog post because they saw it on Twitter!

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    # by Alex - Monday, June 27, 2011

    James, Intersting point. I find myself using RSS less and less these days. Ironically, I picked up this post via my (work-based) Google Reader account - but most of the time these days I follow breaking stories and blog posts via Twitter. The #kmers hashtag is especially useful for me, as are some of the KM "newspapers" published on paper.li
    Alex