Dec 10 2008
If you’re reading this, then you’re one of the lucky ones who actually got the notification from Google that my RSS feed has moved. Google sent me an email yesterday that they’d moved my RSS feeds from Feedburner to Google “at my request”. Since I never requested such a move, it means that they are moving a number of people and I just happened to pick the lucky number yesterday.
I’ve had nothing but trouble with Google and Feedburner for the last month. First, the number of readers of the RSS feed dropped by 1000 overnight a month ago. Then several of my posts started republishing, again and again … and again. Now they’ve moved me off of Feedburner and onto Google’s feed solution, and I lost another 500 readers of the feeds. Thanks to Google I’ve lost nearly half of RSS readership in a month. That’s just not acceptable.
I’m on the road and don’t have the time to do much about this, but I’m seriously thinking of taking my feeds back in house and cutting Google out of the picture entirely. I don’t make much money off of the blog, not even enough to pay for my hosting services when it’s all said and done, but every little bit helps. And Google’s cutting into what little I do make. Not good.
The only good news is that according to my occasional vanity search on the term ‘security blog’ I’m vying for second place behind Bruce Schneier with Google’s own security blog. Maybe this is their way of getting back on top.