The Top 10 Blogs Terry Dean Reads Every Week
Yesterday, I made a major announcement that I would no longer be blogging at my old blog hosted by Typepad. Already my most loyal readers have updated their links and their RSS feeds. Terry Dean is one of those who has done this.
In fact, Terry just wrote an interesting post about which blogs he actually reads based on usage statistics inside his Google feed reader interface. The results are fascinating. And I’m honored that I’m counted among the top 10 blogs he reads on a regular basis.
It also confirms the 80/20 Rule, or at least the principle of it. Terry says he has 31 feeds in his reader. Of those, only 10 receive his readership at least 50% of the time. That is less than a third. What’s more, only two blogs get his readership 100% of the time. That means only 6% of the total number of feeds he has subscribed to are getting 100% of his attention!
This illustrates a couple key points.
1. Just because someone has subscribed to your feed does not mean you have earned his or her readership. It only means you have the opportunity to earn that readership. You must always write clear, compelling, and useful content to achieve this.
2. Everybody is short on time. And nobody has time to read all the things they’ve expressed an interest in reading. You must work hard to get and keep the attention of your readers. At no point can you slack off and assume that your readers will read whatever you write just because you’ve written it.
That said, I welcome the opportunity to earn your readership. If you haven’t subscribed to my blog, I invite you to do so by clicking this RSS feed link and adding my feed to your RSS reader.
-Ryan M. Healy