Due to many little pokes over a long time, I installed RSS feeds for this blog this autumn. I turned on the blogger atom feed, and also started using feedburner, to make sure I would cover the necessary readers. Feedburner has a few features which I enjoy, one of those being that it shows how many people access the blog through the feedburner feeds each given day.
I still don't have a hit-counter, so this is the only indication I have (except from the occasional comment and link) that people actually read my blog. But at the same time, since it's a limited group who use feedburner, I get a very limited readership. I have between 15 and 25 readers, more Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, less in the rest of the week and the week-ends. This is a perfect number. It's enough that it explains why, when I go to conferences, there's always somebody who says: Oh, but I read your blog! At the same time it is so small it is not intimidating. And with a little bit of not-using-my-knowledge-of-statistical-errors, I can imagine that this pretty diagram, a recent feedburner feature, represents those 2-3 people I meet out there, and a few friends and students.
The diagram is fairly new, and it keeps becoming increasingly complex. The "others" section has split into several smaller slices, and today NewsNetWire is much larger than Bloglines. It only takes a couple of readers to tip that though, as you can see. While the diagram in itself isn't all that fascinating, what hooks me is that I get to see the work of the developers of feedburner as it develops. First no diagram, then a simple one, now a complex one - somebody are working out there. I love it.