Jan 14

Popular Reader Question

FT147 comments • 3,087 views

Hello –

As I ramp up the posting frequency on Popular again (hopefully an ongoing trend, though I’ve said THAT before) I realise I have very little idea about a potentially quite important thing.

If you’re a regular (or semi-regular) reader of the blog, how do you find out about new posts? Twitter? Tumblr? Facebook? An RSS feed? Just popping by now and then? Telepathy? Stalking me? I want to make Popular updates easier to find (and encourage new readers in, of course) but to do that I’d like to know about more about how you find them in the first place…

Any responses would be very helpful! Thankyou!


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    Izzy on 8 Jan 2014 #

    Just by popping by every now and then. Somehow it seems to coincide with new posts rather well.

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    ciaran on 8 Jan 2014 #

    Always check the website first myself.

    Would love something like an email update for future posts though.

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    Brendan F on 8 Jan 2014 #

    I come here each time I get on the computer (usually every day) as a routine. I’m usually on facebook most of the day so updates there are useful for instantly seeing updates. I got bored with twitter after a few weeks and rarely go there nowadays.

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    Gabriel Roth on 8 Jan 2014 #

    I subscribe to the RSS feed like any civilized person.

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    Alan Connor on 8 Jan 2014 #

    RSS. The original and still the best.

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    flahr on 8 Jan 2014 #

    I mainly use RSS, though I also follow you on Twitter.

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    lonepilgrim on 8 Jan 2014 #

    Tumblr and general checking in

    I used to rely on RSS via Google Reader but since that went down the pan I’ve not found a replacement

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    Cumbrian on 8 Jan 2014 #

    I am a website visitor – and like Brendan will usually pop in once a day from my bookmark to see what is going on (more frequently when the conversations are flying). Never used an RSS feed for anything (don’t even know what one is or how it is used) and am not on Tumbler nor Twitter.

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    Chelovek na lune on 8 Jan 2014 #

    RSS via feedly (inferior to Google Reader, it must be said.) Tho in fact it is the RSS feed of the *comments* at Popular that more commonly alerts me to a new post (probably because I subscribe to several hundred feeds, and by definition there is more posts generated on the comments feed than on the main Popular one.)

    Great to see the renewed pace of posts btw!

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    Z on 8 Jan 2014 #

    I follow quite a number of blogs and websites, so have to use a feed reader to keep track of them. Since the demise of Google Reader, I use Feedly. If a site doesn’t offer an RSS feed or email notification, I might bookmark it but the chances of me dropping in are slim.

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    col on 8 Jan 2014 #

    Mainly Tumblr, sometimes just by popping in

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    Kat but logged out innit on 8 Jan 2014 #

    Twitter (yours and the FT feed)!

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    Andrew Farrell on 8 Jan 2014 #

    RSS via Feedbin for me – costs $20 a year, quite a bargain.

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    Abigail Brady on 8 Jan 2014 #

    tumblr, if I don’t see them on twitter first.

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    poohugh on 8 Jan 2014 #

    Thom tells me on gchat OR Twitter

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    Erithian on 8 Jan 2014 #

    Usually on my daily visits to the site, but I’ve recently started following you (and Marcello) on Twitter so occasionally find out about new Popular or TPL posts there.

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    anto on 8 Jan 2014 #

    I generally check in once or twice a week or on consecutive days if there appears to be an ongoing thread.

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    pink champale on 8 Jan 2014 #

    I just pop in, the more that’s happening, the more often.

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    Mark M on 8 Jan 2014 #

    I check the site at least a couple of times a day if stuff is happening, but I’ve also found out about new posts via Twitter.

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    Steve Turnbull on 8 Jan 2014 #

    Like any sane person I use RSS :-) It means it comes to me instead of me having to seek it out.

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    Alan not logged in on 8 Jan 2014 #

    [impressed with the resilience of RSS in the post-reader era and glad the comments feed was worth advertising]

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    tonya on 8 Jan 2014 #

    Twitter usually, but sometimes I check the site.

    (can’t believe you aren’t also asking us for our ages so you can make a chart. 48.)

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    Alan not logged in on 8 Jan 2014 #

    and your NRS social grades please ;-)

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    hardtogethits on 8 Jan 2014 #

    By popping back again and again

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    23 Daves on 8 Jan 2014 #

    “Freaky Trigger” is linked from my blog’s feed, and I usually check for updates on the blog list there.

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    Andrew Farrell on 8 Jan 2014 #

    I think if you’re using Google Reader, then you are probably past the low bar of enough savvy to Google a replacement:) You’d have to have ridden out some choppy waters while various contenders went tits-up, but once you’ve sworn on to RSS, there’s no way back:)

    Mind you, my previous solution was just syndicating all tasty-looking RSS feeds into Livejournal:)

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    Billy Smart on 8 Jan 2014 #

    By looking in – last year in hope, this year so far in expectation.

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    James on 8 Jan 2014 #

    RSS in Feedly for me. I should probably do something clever with IFTTT.com so that every time a new post appears, it texts me or prints it on my toast or something. But until then, Feedly is ace.

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    sonnypike on 8 Jan 2014 #

    Check in via a bookmark most days, am occasionally alerted to new entries via Tom’s or FT’s Twitter. Then immediately, excitedly, alert poohugh via GChat.

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    Rory on 8 Jan 2014 #

    Old-skool daily checking of bookmark, yo – in desktop and mobile flava. Otherwise I’d miss the new comments…

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