So, looking at Google Reader stats today, I discovered that our blog has a bit over 400 subscribers (for reference, that’s a bit over half of the n-category cafe’s subscriber base, and between a third and fourth of Terry Tao. I guess it pays to update regularly).

On the other hand, our comments feed has exactly two subscribers. My question is: who’s the other one?

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That’d be me.

In case it is of any help: I am following the comments using bloglines.

Me three. I’m following with google reader. I am weak in the ways of the blogosphere — how do these statistics work when people subscribe through bloglines, google reader, etc.?

What is the link for the comments feed so I can add it to?

Never mind. I figured it out. Now we are three! :)

I’m subscribed to the comments feed through Google Reader

For what it’s worth, when I look at the Google Reader statistics (for those who don’t know what we’re talking about, look at a single feed in Google Reader, and click “show details” in the top right), I see right now 2 subscribers for the whole blog, and 6 for the comments feed. (vs 741 for the cafe, and 1402 for terry)

So clearly their statistics are badly broken, or this whole enterprise is just Ben and a bunch of his sock puppets.

Scott! What did we discuss about outing my sock puppets!

For me, it says 418 for the whole blog and still 2 for the comments. You weren’t looking at the posts per week, were you?

I also subscribed to the comments feed via Google Reader some time ago. I wonder if “the comments feed” is well defined? Perhaps people are subscribing to different URLs that all feed the same comments. I’ve subscribed to https://sbseminar.wordpress.com/comments/feed/ , which Google Reader tells me has 6 subscribers.