My Social Experiment: RSS Numbers

My friend Vered DeLeeuw, of MomGrind, started this social experiment and I would like to continue with it.

Many people have read Darren Rowse’s, of Problogger, tips, on how to increase your RSS numbers by posting your chicklet number button.  Behold, look to the right of you. I now have.  Right under my RSS orangey button.  Why?

Darren alludes to the psychology of the matter – if people see your number button they will subscribe.  But is this always true?

I think Vered would argue no.  She posted her chicklet number button and her numbers started steadily decreasing.  Why?

Hunter Nuttal thought that if people perceived that a bloggers RSS number was higher than it actually was they might be disappointed and not subscribe to a blogger’s RSS feed.


And then Marelisa Fabrega, of Abundance, stated that she had posted her chiclet button when she had 110 subcribers.  She states that, “Then suddenly the growth practically stopped, and then when I got to about 130 subscribers (painfully, painfully slowly) it picked up again.”

So where am I starting in this continuum?

Like every good scientist I must have a hypothesis.

Hypothesis:  If an RSS subscriber number is higher or equal to the perceived public perception of what it is, then the number will increase.

I state this hypothesis because my RSS number has hovered between 110 and 120 for a few months now.  Will it increase if I post it?  Will it decrease if I post it?

I am betting that it will increase faster posted than if not.

What could affect this hypothesis? 

The very fact that I posted my experiment could affect the RSS numbers positively or negatively.

Different Blogging Topics – The fellow bloggers that I have listed here write on different topics than I do.

Posting Schedule – Hunter Nuttal and Marelisa Farbrega usually post five times or more per week. Vered DeLeeuw usually post three days per week.   I post twice per week.  Usually.

What do you think would affect RSS number growth if you posted your chicklet button?

Stay tuned to see what happens to my button.

Postscript:  At the start of this experiment my RSS number was 105.

Photocredit: © Ellen Wilson

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