Two years ago, I created my blog. I played around making it look attractive and appealing. I wrote my first post. I hit ‘publish’. All I needed was some readers to come along and enjoy my first story.
How does a blogger attract readers to a new blog? I did some reading and tried a few suggestions... I joined Twitter, set up a Facebook page, read about tags and search engines and key words… and eventually I came across Feedjit, live traffic feed:
Simply add the Live Traffic Feed and instantly start seeing who is visiting your site as they arrive.
Feedjit Pro lets you see your visitor’s journey from beginning to end and understand how they experienced your site…
Was this a tool that would help me analyse my stats in order to blog better and attract more readers?
Although I considered it, I never did get around to installing Feedjit on my blog.
But just recently I have noticed Feedjit everywhere, including many of my favourite blogs. And so I have been thinking once again about Feedjit and wondering about its role in blogging…
I arrive at a blog. I look in the sidebar. Ah! My presence has been discovered. There I am: ‘a visitor from Hobbiton...' I know there are many visitors from Hobbiton. I’m not the only one. But somehow I get the feeling Feedjit knows exactly who I am. That’s very disconcerting. I feel a little like the gadget is spying on me.
While I’ve been writing this post, I hopped over to the Feedjit website. Apparently I could have my readers’ names included in the feed:
You can see all anonymous visitors arriving in real-time and the identities of Feedjit members who visit your site.
I didn’t notice this option last time I looked at Feedjit. I’m not sure how that works. Perhaps it’s an option for the paid version?
Imagine: Sue Elvis from Hobbiton viewed The Pros and Cons of Feedjit, ten minutes ago. Yes, the gadget can even tell a blogger exactly what posts I read. Yes, that really does make me feel I am under the microscope.
But I’ve been looking at Feedjit with my reader’s hat on. What if I look at it through my blogger’s eyes? Is it a useful addition to my blog?
I’m no longer interested in gathering information from my readers in order to increase traffic to my blog. Stats no longer consume me. But there are times when I get just a little bit curious about who’s reading my posts. Anyone can hop over to my site and read my stories. They can come right in and share my family and I don’t even know they’ve been. That’s a strange feeling. Perhaps Feedjit would ensure everyone left a calling card when they dropped in. No more secret visits. But would readers feel I have placed a spy eye in my side bar? Will they avoid my blog? And shouldn't I expect anonymous readers if I choose to blog publicly?
Are you a blogger who has Feedjit? Does it have any advantages? And how do you feel as a reader when you see your details (however anonymously) recorded for all to share?
Should I install Feedjit? Do I really need it or is it a waste of time? If you have time to stop and share, I'd really love to hear your opinion.