May 30, 2007
My RSS Reading Trends - The Numbers
Some of you already know that RSS has changed my life but to what extent?
I do a ton of reading in order to write at the Search Engine Roundtable and Search Engine Land. A ton. This includes scanning and reading thousands of forum threads each day and thousands of RSS feed items from blogs, news sites and more.
Here is a look at my RSS reading trends provided by Google Reader, my primary RSS reader.
This graph shows you the number of feeds I have read in the past 30 days. Keep in mind, last week, I was offline all of Wednesday and most of Thursday, for a holiday - so I did not read feeds those days.
As you can see, I easily read over a thousand feed items each day. In the past 30 days, not including two days, I have read almost 30,000 items from my ~400 feeds.
This graph shows you that I read most of those feeds between the hours of 8am and 10am. This pretty much goes well with my schedule. I go through forums (I do not use RSS for forums) between 7am and 8am and then do RSS feeds. Forum research is used to blog at Search Engine Roundtable and RSS feeds research is used to blog at Search Engine Land. So then throughout the day I check less often for new feed items. And pretty much midnight through 5am, I do not touch my feeds.
So let me tag a handful of people to get ideas on their feed reading. Now I need to tag people who use Google Reader, so this may be tricky...
Update: About a year later, I revisit this post with Have My RSS Reading Habits Changed?