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Track Your RSS Reading Trends With Google Reader

Google’s added a nifty little tool to Google Reader that allows you to view stats on your RSS reading trends. I’m not quite sure how this information is going to help me – other than prove I am addicted to blog reading – but it’s somewhat fun to examine.

What would be cool is to see this data across the entire Google Reader user base (anonymous of course). It would be interesting to see when others do their reading.

Anyway, seeing as Darren and Matt have both shared details of their reading habits, here are some of mine.


What’s interesting is that I don’t “read” every single post. I divide my feeds up using tags, and unless you’re in the “tier 1″ tag, I’ll likely just read the titles of posts to see if something catches my eye. You may also be wondering about the one item I starred – well, I started starring items, then decided to “share” them instead.

Looks like I start ramping up my reading in the middle of the week, doesn’t it. Actually, I’ve noticed for a long time that Wednesday seems to be the most popular day for news stories, so there’s simply more stuff to cover on that day.

This pilgrim doesn’t get up too early! ;-) I already knew that I tend to do most of my blogging between 9 and 10, this definitely confirms it.

As someone that spends a lot of time promoting reputation monitoring and management, aren’t you glad I practice what I preach? Out of a habit formed while working at WebSourced, I keep a watchful eye on anything said about me or the blog. That aside, I learn that Lee, Rand and Neil do a great job in capturing my attention.

Anyone else want to share?

  • http://microsoft.blognewschannel.com/ Nathan Weinberg

    23 percent? 23%!?!? How could you!

    But seriously, you read a pretty low percentage of a lot of those feeds. What gives?

  • http://www.marketingpilgrim.com Andy Beal

    I scan a lot of headlines each day and just don’t have the time to read each post in full. I guess it shows the importance of writing a good post title.

    Wait til Barry realizes I only read 16% of his posts. ;-)

  • http://www.workingprogram.com Anne Currie

    Does it let you search your blog reading history?

    I use a vaguely similar tool called Qlockwork (http://www.workingprogram.com – full disclosure, I’m a developer for these guys). One of the most useful features it has is the ability to search your history. So, if you remember you read a really good blog post a few months back on “amusing things that kittems do”, that you didn’t tag or bookmark, you can just search for it.

    It only records URLs and titles for browsing (though it also records non-browsing stuff too), but that’s pretty useful for search.