An Open Letter To My Readers

I see you hitting my RSS feed with your aggregators, friends, all four of you. There’s one Windows FeedDemon user, one Linux Firefox LiveBookmarks user, and two Mac NetNewsWire users. I call you friends because I think maybe I know you, or maybe you know me, from out there in the interwebs. I see you in my logs daily, each of you coming in from your respective IP address, day in and day out, week after week, month after month.

Update: more careful inspection of the logs show 3 feed subscribers through Bloglines, and 3 subscribers through NewsGatorOnline. Welcome! I didn’t see you earlier, because Bloglines and NewsGatorOnline only hit my feed once on behalf of all of you. You got lost in the spambot noise until I looked through the logs with a fine tooth comb and a magnifying glass.

There is also one Google Reader user. Thanks for the feedback, dude!

There are also some regular web visitors from IBM. I can tell because of the repeat hits from a few IBM campus subdomains over the last months. Y’all started visiting since just after Rails Day 2006, which speaks volumes, by the way. Yet you’re still more difficult to profile than my other visitors (in the IP address and user agent sense of “profile.”)

Are you always the same few IBMers with a few different computer types on your desks, coming back every few weeks? Or are you a new set of different IBMers each time, with a different random sample of computer types? Cuz, you know, your user agent is all over the map.

You’re all coming from the same three or four IBM campuses, so maybe you know each other? Do you all discuss my lame posts so far?

But those curious details don’t really matter, do they? That’s not what’s important about you visiting.

Speaking to all of you readers, IBMers and non-IBMers alike: What would you like to see me post about? Why do you visit my site? What brought you here in the first place? Would you like to see more of that, or are you interested in anything else? That’s what I’d really like to know.

Help me make this weblog worth your time. There’s a comment box below this weaving screed.

About dreadpiratepj

I have been goofing around with computers since May 1978, when I was about seven years old. For the past decade, I've even managed to have people pay me for this! Suckers! :-)
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7 Responses to An Open Letter To My Readers

  1. ba says:

    curious what the google reader shows up at 😉

    I think I ended up subscribing to your feed after railsday and because you promised different hacks and tricks.

  2. Hi there.

    Google Reader visits the RSS feed once a day, with this user agent:

    ‘FeedFetcher-Google; (+’

    When you view my blog through Google Reader, it uses a combined user agent, like this:

    “” “Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.8.1) Gecko/20060601 Firefox/2.0 (Ubuntu-edgy)”

    When you leave a comment, of course, your HTTP requests are identified with just your browser’s user agent:

    “Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.8.1) Gecko/20060601 Firefox/2.0 (Ubuntu-edgy)”

    Thanks for the feedback!

  3. Mark Forman says:

    I was one of the bloglines now am a google – just one good recipe for arroz con pollo would make me happy. Short of that some vouchers for Goya Sazon seasoning redeemable over the internet. How the hell u been ma? Still in PR or did u make it back stateside? If u ever get into SL look me up chill moksung. Also do this podcast and blog.

  4. Hi Mark! Long time no write!

    I’ll see what I can do for your arroz con pollo and Goya Sazon cravings. I’m not a bad cook, but when it comes to rice, I cheat and use the easy Uncle Ben’s 10 minute rice. :-)

    Those are some cool digs you have over in Second Life. I’m Peabody Ricardo over there. Haven’t logged in, hmm, in like three months. Don’t have any digs. It’s just me, building stuff in open areas. I’ll look you up, Chill!

    I’m still in PR, giving this self-employed thing an honest attempt before I decide to pack it in and go “legit” again. I am tempted to call it quits after the last 10 stressful and bumpy months, go back stateside and get a cushy traveling open source consultant job. Let’s see what the next weeks bring.

  5. Ken Nelson says:

    Speaking as 50% of the Mac/NNW subscribers, I say write what ya’ know, what ya’ think, and what ya’ feel.

    And I have nothing against arroz con pollo; SWMBO and I are always in search of new ideas for chicken night. :)


  6. Thanks for the advice, Ken! Dave, Mark, and you, are my reference points in measuring my own performance as a blogger. Let’s see if I can be as prolific as the three of you, while staying true to my own calling :-)

    OK, so that’s three orders of arroz con pollo so far (Mark, you, and She WHo Must Be Obeyed.) I’ll have to get cooking soon before I get a mutiny!

  7. ElecBoy says:

    Well, OK, you got me PJ. I am one of the Google Readers. I follow you blog because I like your ideas and your knowledge and experience. So yes I am following all the posts. Here you have a pic of how your RSS Feed looks on Google/ig from Ubuntu.

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