On average reader visits three pages on my blog. Something I am pleased with. Of course I would like to see more visitors but so long as those who visit take the time to have a brief look around and perhaps enjoy some posts I am happy.
But Pearson’s post highlights how RSS is changing the way people access information. Even blogs are being changed he argues. To round up what he says in a few words, RSS and feeds mean that listing your information and posts by date is redundant and even worse by doing so you miss a prime opportunity to retain the reader who has visited your blog. Pearson suggests that you offer your best articles and blog posts beside your most recent post rather than a chronological listing. And, to an extent, what he says makes sense to me.
On the other hand I can see how tags and categories could be important to guide readers to content they choose rather than pushing content on them in the way Pearson suggests. Not that there is anything wrong with pushing content or being proud of your own work. It is simply that the variety of searches that result in many of the random/new visitors this site gets would make a concerted attempt by me (or anyone) to predict the interests of a visitor unlikely t succeed and in any case impractical.
I admire Chris and his ideas though and I suspect that in large part his thinking is correct. There is little doubt that the wider adoption of RSS and feeds will change the way we blog and organise our sites and information. It remains to be seen for certain if what Chris suggests is the best way to move with that change.