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FeedBlitz – Feed Delivery Via Email

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Matt Blumberg posted about his switch to FeedBlitz the other day (from Bloglet).  If you receive my blog via email, you’ll notice that you are now receiving it via FeedBlitz also (instead of Bloglet).

After my post on Blog Analytics describing the various technologies that I’m using on my blog, I received an email from Phil Hollows, the guy behind FeedBlitz, suggesting that I give it a try. I’ve been frustrated with Bloglet for a while (it’s up, it’s down, it’s up, it’s down), I’ve received several other “try my RSS to email” delivery services, and we’ve been talking about the best way to incorporate this capability into FeedBurner (partner, acquire, engineer ourselves) so my brain was open to trying a new service. 

Phil brilliantly pointed out that he had built a seamless data migration from Bloglet which was my biggest barrier to trying something new (e.g. what a pain it would be to tell everyone “hey – please switch by resubscribing” and – while I could get at my data within Bloglet – it was a manual process that would probably take me an hour to deal with.  However, FeedBlitz handled it automagically as part of my setup and within 5 minutes I was switched (as were you if you are reading this via email). 

I turned Matt (and a few other Bloglet users who I expect will be switching soon) onto FeedBlitz and Phil and let it run for a few days.  In addition to being super-responsive, Phil has integrated FeedBlitz into FeedBurner, so my FeedBlitz stats are now included in my FeedBurner stats and all the fun stuff I put in my FeedBurner feed (more coming soon) is including in FeedBlitz.

Nicely done Phil – you got me.  Tom Bartel saw Matt’s post and switched also.  We keep on sneezing.

  • http://siliconverse.blogspot.com Ruchit

    I did moved to FeedBlitz recently.. i wish if number of subscribers via email gets reflected in the number of RSS reader. In all a central mechanism to track the readers (mostly for self awareness and probably a measure of my blog’s popularity)

    http://siliconverse.blogspot.com/2005/08/get-blog-posts-as-email.html

  • http://www.feedblitz.com Phil

    Thank you, Brad, for the mention. To address the commenter’s point (if I understand it correctly), FeedBlitz reports the number of unique subscribers (i.e. the number of unique email addresses) to the RSS server. FeedBurner makes this number visible in its reports, as you can see in the graphic at http://www.feedblitz.com/publishing.htm (you may have to scroll down a little).

    With FeedBurner tracking unique RSS readership and FeedBlitz posting email metrics to FeedBurner, the FeedBurner statistics reports now become the one place where you can get a true feel for the global readership of your feed. Which is what, I think, makes FeedBlitz + FeedBurner together such a compelling combination.

  • http://blog.tomevslin.com/2005/10/new_email_servi.html Fractals of Change

    New Email Service

    Several hundred of you receive daily doses of Fractals of Change via email from a service called Bloglet. Usually Bloglet works but not always. Following the lead of Fred Wilson, Brad Feld, and Matt Blumberg (thanks, guys, for leading), I tested a new …

  • http://www.ilikecheapstuff.com Mike Panic

    I installed feedblitz two days ago and so far have been rather happy with how its setup. My only complaint thus far is no where on the site does it say how often emails will be sent out or when. Other then that, the fact that it’s linked right in with feedburner makes things for my life / blog much easier.

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