Some of you already know that RSS has changed my life but to what extent?

Good question.

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.

My Google Reader RSS Trends - 30 Days
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.

My Google Reader RSS Trends - Time of Day
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.

My Google Reader RSS Trends - Day of Week
This graph shows you that most new feed items are on Tuesdays, at least for the past 30 days. Interesting… I wonder if this is the norm for the rest of the world.

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…

Matt Cutts
Nick Baum
Mike Maddaloni
– If you use Google Reader, please comment and let me know if you post your stats

Update: About a year later, I revisit this post with Have My RSS Reading Habits Changed?

Website Comments

  1. Mike Maddaloni

    Hi Barry – Thanks… as it was the first time I was tagged! Interesting viewing my stats, as I rarely look at them, but also not surprising on how I know how I read feeds. RSS has definitely changed my life too.


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