Reflecting on Research Blog Readership

I thought it would be interesting to see how many people use RSS subscriptions for blogs in my research area. This means that my research blog (Looting Matters) has a solid core of readers in addition to those who visit it via the web or have the posts emailed to them. (This blog, Swansea Learning Lab, has a grand total of 7 subscribers.)

I wonder if this gives a better idea of readership than straight “hits”. The blog receives on average well over 10,000 visits a month (some just going to the home page). But the RSS subscription figures via Google Reader would suggest that some 7000 posts were delivered to electronic desktops (including the iPad).


  1. David, what di you use to collect the stats?

  2. Chris
    These are just the figures for Google Reader.

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