How I Lost 4,993 RSS Subscribers Overnight

Many have noticed that my RSS counter took a nose dive to 8,701 from 13,694 the night before. How did that happen? Did I really lose 4,993 subscribers in one day? The answer is no. I’m justing using it in the title because it sounds good. So, how did it happen?

You Can Blame It On Google

It’s bad enough that Google is trying to play God on the Internet by dictating how we link to other sites, they had to go and turn off their Feedfetcher that report the number of Google Reader users. This was the make up of my RSS subscribers last night.


And this is how the stats looks today.


Noticed that the Google Feedfetcher information is missing. I should note that this is not the first time Google had a problem with Feedfetcher not reporting. The last time it happen, the problem was fixed the next day. I expect the RSS count to return to normal tomorrow.