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Thursday, November 10, 2005

Comparison between magazine subscriptions and RSS feed subscriptions

RSS feed subscriptions are quite similar to magazine subscriptions. A subscription shows a commitment to read but there is no guarantee that the subscriber will read it. Both are delivered to you once the stuff is published.

A higher subscription base provides some comfort level to the writer / blogger as he/she knows that there is a committed readership.

Blog comments are like ‘Letters to the Editor’. Accolades are hard to come by.

People who visit the blog directly are similar to people who buy the magazine from the newsstand. This kind of readership is normally seasonal (usually Mon – Fri).

12 Comments:

  • Nice Comparison...the ones who visit the blog directly can also be accidental visitors, or enthused by the title of the magazine..pretty unpredictable!

    By Blogger Krish, at 11:55 AM  

  • nice thinking kaps

    By Blogger Nallavan, at 12:01 PM  

  • Very nicely put. Your posts on blogging are always interesting. Can I request you to put the links to these pieces on your side bar?

    By Anonymous Anand, at 12:43 PM  

  • Not quite! People who visit directly are those who don't have a set pattern. They can visit even from home. Those using feedreaders read blogs (combinedly) for a long time at a stretch, so they visit at fixed times and when they can afford such lengths of connectivity, which is usually found in offices (mon-friday) or home-broadband (everyday or weekends)

    By Anonymous Lumbergh-in-training, at 1:12 PM  

  • nice comparison...
    :)

    i read most blogs , but the post must really impact me in some way that i take the pains to comment.....
    :)

    By Blogger monu, at 1:43 PM  

  • except, a magazine subscription is (typically) paid for which arguably shows higher commitment to read vis-a-vis a feed subscription.

    By Anonymous antrix, at 1:58 PM  

  • I think blogs n magazines differ when it comes to the visiting directly which probably could be categorised to visiting daily silently, visiting daily commenting by season, visiting daily n commenting regularly.

    By Blogger visithra, at 2:00 PM  

  • nice comparison ..

    By Blogger Cogito, at 3:42 PM  

  • Well I read most blog but never comments to all...which category is that too??

    By Blogger Shrinivas, at 4:44 PM  

  • So true

    By Blogger WA, at 5:11 PM  

  • @Krish,
    there are quite a few accidental hits....especially thru search engines

    @Nallavan, Monu, Wicked Angel, Cogito,
    Thanks

    @Anand,
    Will put a collection of these posts on the sidebar.

    @Lumbergh-in-training,
    IMHO most of the serious readers (people who read a lot of blogs) are more organized and subscribe to feeds to read each one without missing out on anything. I do agree with ur point about direct hits / readers

    @Antrix,
    that is a really big difference......financial commitment shows a highere inclination to read. Unlike a feed one can't unsubcribe from a magazine subscription

    @Visithra,
    Your points are valid

    @Karan,
    It doesn't matter if u don't comment.......but commenting is one of the ways of letting people know that u r reading the blog.

    By Blogger Kaps, at 6:07 PM  

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