The new Managing Editor of CONTENTIOUS, Wasabi the Fierce, has commanded that I gather some sort of information about the utilization of this weblog’s RSS feed.
IF YOU RECEIVE THE CONTENTIOUS RSS FEED:
PLEASE TAKE THIS QUICK SURVEY.
…It’s very short (just five questions) and will only take you a few moments to complete. I will be summarizing results later in CONTENTIOUS.
NOTE: Please respond to the survey ONLY if you subscribe to (or have tried out) the CONTENTIOUS RSS feed. I’ll be conducting other surveys later to check utilization of my e-mail alerts, the format and content of this weblog, etc.
RESPOND NOW TO CAST YOUR VOTE! I’m trying out the free demo of the SurveyMonkey online survey tool (which looks great so far), and this demo version only allows me to collect 100 responses per survey. That should be enough for me to get a basic idea of how you like and use my RSS feed.
Why am I doing this? Measuring use of an RSS feed is a tricky matter and that’s a key concern to online publishers, such as myself. There’s no way to tell how many people subscribe to an RSS feed. And if you watch traffic stats for your site, you can’t really tell how many people are using your feed by counting hits to the page that contains your feed (your RDF file), because a given feed reader or other content aggregator may check that file several times a day, yielding a vastly inflated impression of use.
Other RSS comments/questions? Please e-mail me or post a comment here.