This is part three in the series Blogger vs. WordPress.
Many of you had questions about the different ways to follow a WordPress blog, since GFC is no longer available for non-google websites.
First of all let me clarify a couple of things.
GFC functions exactly like an RSS feed, except that instead getting to choose which reader (i.e. google, yahoo, etc.) to use, the follower reads the blog via their blogger reader. Did you know that all those blogs you follow via GFC will also show up in your google reader? It’s true! And the other big difference is that the GFC widget displays follower numbers + a tiny thumnail picture of the most recent followers. And that is very appealing to a lot of people.
But can I get on my soap box for just a few minutes?
Y’all, numbers, whether they are GFC numbers, subscriber numbers, twitter followers, or facebook likes – they are very, very misleading, and they rarely provide an accurate assessment of the vitality of a blog.
Someone can have 1300 GFC followers, but only average 5-10 comments per day. Meanwhile, they’re getting tweets, retweets, facebook shares, pins, and e-mails. Those numbers definitely speak to the vitality of a blog, but those are numbers that are rarely seen, and even harder to track.
I think that’s what prompted the creators of Klout to come up with a way to measure influence on social media.
Giving up GFC was not an issue for me at all. I fully understand that it in no way represents the activity, success, or vitality of my website.
<<steps off soap box>>
Now to answer a couple of reader questions:
Rebekah at Living & Learning asked:It may be the world’s dumbest question but can you explain (or point me in the right direction) how exactly an RSS feed works?
Amber at My Three Bittles asked: Can you talk about the ways to follow/unfollow a WP blog! I’m so used to GFC and I know that WP doesn’t offer that, so would it just be through RSS subscription?
I’m guessing you want to know how RSS works functionally, rather than technically? For how it works technically, check out RSS-Tutorial.com.
Functionally, here’s how you can follow via RSS:
And in case you want to add A Royal Daughter (or any other site) to your blogger reads:
Okay, I hope that answers a few questions for you! I’ll probably hold off on the rest of the Q & A’s until sometime next week.
Don’t forget about #DesireToInspire tomorrow! I’ll hope you’ll be joining us!
Community Q & A with Mama Marchand’s Nest
RDD: As a blogger, what is your biggest challenge for growing your community, and how do you deal with it?)
MMN: I think the biggest challenge when trying to grow community is balancing the quality vs. quantity aspect of blogging. In order to grow community, you need to to post on a very frequent basis. However, I think that a genuine community thrives on quality posts which may not always happen when you are posting frequently. I want to bring my readers good, thought-provoking writing which means that some days there are no posts. And it’s hard to grow your blog when you aren’t posting – make sense? I still really haven’t found the answer I guess!