social networkingI am constantly amazed by the lightening fast changes, improvements, updates, connectivity and interactivity the Internet is developing. So fast that in all honesty, it is just impossible to keep up with it all.

This is especially highlighted for me with The Vandal Blog. When I started it about three years ago, it was a fun thing to do, and if I managed to attract a subscriber or two, I was over the moon. Then with the advent of Twitter, and a little exposure on Facebook, I got a few more subscribers. So this was the idea. Have a blog, get some subscribers, have some fun.

But boy, have things changed in the last six months. Just this morning I stumbled on some traffic information about my blog. It was gripping reading. Well, probably only for those like me who think statistics and reading telephone books is fun. Anyway, the upshot was the discovery of a huge number of ‘referrers’, as they are called, to my blog.

Yes, there was of course, Twitter, Facebook, Google search and subscriber’s RSS deliveries. But then came Stumble Upon, Digg, Goodreads, Friendfeed, Social Whale and Paper IL. I’ll stop there as there were 150 more!

My next discovery was how a blog’s RSS feed is public property. I’m sure you’ve seen me post my new blog posts to Twitter and Facebook, but did you know anyone can grab my RSS feed and use it as content for themselves? This is the new trend to attract followers on Social Networking. And I’m ok with this as it works both ways. Yes, they get followers, but at the same time I get a huge jump in blog traffic.

Then after digesting all of this data, I saw one entry that really brought a huge smile to my face. ‘Direct from bookmark’. A long list of wonderful people who do it the old fashioned way (as much as that can be for the Internet). The Vandal happily bookmarked in a browser and visited from time to time. If you are on this list, you are definitely one of my favourites too.

Thank you!


Super Connected
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8 thoughts on “Super Connected

  • 07/07/2011 at 4:45 pm

    It’s like you said recently in your comment on my blog post about the EBook Phenomena Derek, “It’s all happening so fast.” :)

  • 08/07/2011 at 1:25 am

    Wow, that’s incredible!! I’ve had my most successful traffic from Twitter. Weirdly, enough, I’ve not been entirely comfortable posting to Facebook (which include friends I don’t share my ‘writing’ self with all that much…although reading this makes me feel like I should!)

    That’s amazing your jump in viewers!! How cool! (If you know any tricks, let me know!!) :)

  • 08/07/2011 at 2:53 am

    Hi Derek!

    Congratulations all round there, mate. It is great when you discover that all your hard work (fun) is paying off.

    You said:

    but did you know anyone can grab my RSS feed and use it as content for themselves?

    That doesn’t sound right to me. Sure, they can do it, but IMO they shouldn’t be allowed to do it, at least not without prior permission and/or correct attribution to the original author. However, if they are linking back to your site then perhaps we can turn a blind eye, yeah? :-)

    Kind regards,

    • 08/07/2011 at 9:57 am

      Grabbing an RSS feed is easy Steve. Just get a blog’s URL or RSS feed and whack it into a delivery service such as Twitterfeed or and it starts tweeting the feed on auto pilot. Some delivery services even allow ‘trickle’ to tweet old posts. Nice free way to add content to a twitter profile.

      I haven’t done a count, but I see at least 10 Twitter accounts posting my blog posts every day. I’ll take it! lol Great PR.

      • 08/07/2011 at 2:30 pm

        When you said…

        use it as content for themselves

        I thought you meant that people were in fact taking your blog articles and posting them on their own blogs and calling it their own work. It was your use of the word "content" that threw me… I don’t consider what flows through my Twitter stream as "conten". LOL

        Incidentally, I will nearly always tweet out a blog article if I enjoy it, especially if I have taken the time to comment.

        Kind regards,
        (Have a yummy barra recipe in the comluv to make you homesick for Oz)

        • 08/07/2011 at 2:47 pm

          Damn! I haven’t heard the word ‘Barra’ for ten years. Making me salivate. Fresh or saltwater?

          • 08/07/2011 at 4:08 pm

            The recipe would work equally well with either. In fact, it’d probably work just fine for a lot of the fish you can get your hands on locally there in Nyon. It just wouldn’t be as good as barra, of course. LOL :-)

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