Thursday, October 11, 2012

Blog Feed

If you read Flotsam of the Mind in Google Reader or another content aggregator, a huge thanks for spending some time with me.  I spend far too much time browsing blogs in Google Reader myself.  The only drawback as a blogger is that I don't have a good feel for how many of you are out there because I can't keep track of page views in content aggregators.  As you know, I like to know someone is listening.

I also would love for you to visit the site, now located at www.flotsamofthemind.com, to see all the changes I've made to the layout and features.  In my humble opinion, there have been some huge improvements although, like me, the blog is a work in progress. So, if you haven't done so, please click through to the blog and let me know what you think.

To encourage people to do just that, I've made a change to the way each post now appears in blog feeds.  You will not be able to read the entire post in a content aggregator;  you'll get the beginning but will have to click through to the main site to read the rest.  I'm trying this out as a way to get a better feel for how many of you are out there (and where--stats are fun).  If you hate it and find that I'm driving you away, please let me know because that is not the point.  I like you and want you to stay, comment, and engage in a dialogue with me and other readers.

To that end, if you like what you see on Flotsam of the Mind, please Like the blog's Facebook page.  There is a handy box in the right-hand column of the blog for this purpose, or you can go to the page directly (https://www.facebook.com/FlotsamOfTheMind).  It's a win-win.  You can see additional content there that does not appear on the blog or my personal Facebook page, and I (hopefully, cross my fingers) gain potential readers in your friends who see that you like what I'm doing here.

Enough of the boring technical details.  In addition to the writing, I'm having loads of fun figuring out how to improve the blog and my interaction with my readers.  Going forward, I'll try to show you changes without bogging you down with the details.  Keep up the feedback.

Now back to our regularly scheduled programming...more of what goes on in my head tomorrow.


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