Yesterday's task in the 31 Day Project was to "stickify" my blog--that is, to turn one-time readers into RSS subscribers by either driving them deeper into other blog posts so they get hooked and want to subscribe or by getting them to subscribe on the basis of a strong post.
To do this, I headed back into Google Analytics to take a look at my most popular pages. Many of them are on my Best of Bamboo list, but surprisingly, one of my more popular pages right now is my "About this Blog page, which suggests that my earlier audit and re-do is paying off.
I picked out a few key posts. At the bottom of each I added an RSS icon and then wrote "If you liked this article, you may want to sign up to be automatically updated the next time I post new content. Learn more here" (the link is to my RSS page). According to Darren, this addition caused his subscriptions to jump quickly, so we'll see what happens.
Midpoint Motivation (or the lack thereof)
Meanwhile, like Christine, I've reached that place in this marathon where I'm starting to flag. I knew the time would come when I'd feel like I was slogging through the exercises and it's now here. I suspect that for the next few days until I can see the end of this thing, I'll be dreading the sight of a new article in my Netvibes from Darren. At the same time, I can see improvements in my site as well as in my blogging and community engagement, so I keep looking at that to keep me going. Anyone else feeling like I am?