An experiment

Posted on Fri 06 May 2022 in blog • 2 min read

A little while back, I posted on my Twitter and Mastodon feeds1 asking people who kept a personal blog to post their RSS or Atom feed URLs. A surprising number of people responded — many more on Mastodon than on Twitter, incidentally, though I have about 15 times as many Twitter as Mastodon followers. You can find the Twitter thread here and the Mastodon thread here.

I now have a very decent aggregated feed, thanks to all who responded!

Now, normally, when I put a new post out, I chuck out a link to the post on those two social networks. For some time, I’d like to do something different, and if you’re inclined, you can help!

So what I’d ask you to do is subscribe to the RSS feed or the Atom feed for my site. For the next few things I post, I will not link them on Twitter or Mastodon — but if you notice them in your feed and find them share-worthy, I would very much appreciate if you posted them there.2 Feel free to tag me in them, I’m @xahteiwi on Twitter and on Mastodon.

I’d be really curious to see if it’s feasible in 2022 to reach blog readers with essentially just an RSS feed, and word-of-mouth.

So, if you would like to participate, then just add my feed to your reader, and keep your eyes peeled for the next few articles. Thank you!

  1. If you’re curious about these things: I use Renato Cerqueira’s Mastodon Twitter Crossposter to mirror my Twitter feed to Mastodon, and vice versa. You can take a look at its GitHub project

  2. I don’t want to run Google Analytics on this site out of concern for your privacy, which is why I don’t know where my traffic comes from. If you post them and tag me, I have something functionally approaching a pingback beacon.