A friend who’s been away on vacation visited my blog for the first time last night – and immediately asked where the RSS button was so she could sign up for new post e-mail alerts. Being a savvy blogger of all of two weeks I quickly responded, “Huh?”
I have my blog set up to notify me when I receive comments but it didn’t dawn on me that there was no way for my followers to do the same for my posts. Additional comments on posts they’ve commented on, yes. New posts, no. So I did some checking and discovered some blog hosts offer this feature and some don’t (not counting the use of add on “feed” sites). It surprised me once I thought about it. Since one of the purposes of having a blog is to reach followers, new post alerts seem like a very basic function.
I went back to my Blogger dashboard, which does provide me with a quick and easy way to see what’s been posted on the blogs I’m following, but then all those blogs are also on Blogger. This wasn’t intentional, I’ve just been following my nose from blog to blog and picking the ones that appealed to me, and Blogger sites lead to Blogger sites. I even tried adding a non Blogger site to my Dashboard reading list. Blogger accepted it but it didn’t play well with others (every post on that site showed as new).
Which brings me around to my questions of the day:
If you blog on Blogger, why did you choose it as your blog host? Do you follow many sites outside of the Blogger network? Do you think the lack of an easy “new post e-mail alert” option for followers is an issue?
If you blog on another host site, why did you choose that one? Is it easy for you to follow blogs on other hosts (i.e. Blogger)? Does your host offer a “new post e-mail alert” option for readers? Do you think it’s important?
If you don’t maintain your own blog but follow others, do you mainly follow blogs on Blogger or on other hosts as well. Does the lack of a “new post e-mail alert” option on Blogger impact how often you visit and/or how many sites you follow? If you follow a site that has the e-mail alert option, do you use it?
I’m going to continue checking into various blog host sites just to see what I come up with but, let’s face it, no one really knows how a service works like the user.
Quote of the day: Do Not Meddle in the Affairs of Dragons for You Are Crunchy and Good With Ketchup.