If there is no.1 great fan of your blog, that “numero uno” admirer is nobody else but you. Yes, it’s you- not your mom, wife or hubby not even your dog.
You’ve got to be updated on what’s going on in your blog and see it from your reader’s perspective.
And there’s no better way to know the latest gossips on your site but subscribe to it.
Are You Subscribed To Your Own RSS Feeds?
Don’t think that subscribing to your own feed will simply increase your readership by one
There’s actually more benefits to this exercise and I will to tell you the most important one, among several reasons, based from my own experience. In fact, it saved my blog from going into oblivion.
Reasons Why You Need To Subscribe To Your Own RSS Feeds
1. Looks - call me vain but it’s very important to see how your posts look in feed readers. Just like an actor, you’ve got see how you project your image on the screen.
2. Make sure the feed is working properly - How do you know your feed provider is not working? A minor mistake while editing your WordPress theme can totally break your feed.
Tip: Use Feedburner’s FeedBulletin to alert you any problem in your feed.
3. Review your own posts – If there is anything wrong you will know about it sooner rather than later. This will also give you time to adjust the original post as needed if there are mistakes.
4. Check the Timing – Sending a feed is like making an appointment. Make sure you know when the feed will be pick-up by a reader or when it will be sent. If you can’t control this, at least you will know the approximate time. FeedBurner will check your new blog content every 30 minutes. If your feed didn’t show up within 24 hours, there must be something wrong with it.
5. Backup – You can use your RSS feeds as your backup! There was a time when I had a problem with my hosting provider, they did some database rollback and in doing so, they accidentally deleted some of my current posts (this is very possible!). I have my own local backup on my computer but it’s not the latest.
How did I recover my deleted posts? I copied back the RSS feeds from my email. It’s cumbersome but it’s the only way. I’m glad that I subscribed on my own feed since day one! This 5th reason is the most important for me.