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Wild Ozark Ranked in the Top 100! Also, Don’t Let Your Feed Reader Hijack Your Author/Reader Relationship.

Top 100 Nature Blog Award from Feedspot

Top 100 Nature Blogs

Wild Ozark is honored to announce that it was recently listed on the Feedspot curated list of Top 100 Nature Blogs. Feedspot is a RSS Feed Reader service.

I’m pleased by this award and happy to know my Nature Blog pages are being read and ranked well by Google.

Does a Feed Reader Pirate Content?

Some people think that feed readers pirate site content.

They do not.

What they do is act as a delivery service for your reading content. They don’t “steal” website content and put it in their platform.

The only way you’re able to view the content is if you ask the service to seek out and serve up a website. Sometimes the reader service curates good sites and offers them to their subscribers within their service. That’s not the same as pirating.

That doesn’t mean feed readers don’t have a dark side, though.

The Shadow Side of Your Feed Reader

While it doesn’t hijack or steal or pirate content, it WILL redirect your readerly relationship away from your source (the blog or website you’re reading).

That gives the love to your feed reader service instead of the author of the blog you love.

What is a Feed Reader?

Most websites produce a “feed”. Sometimes you see it referred to as  RSS. It’s not something that is easy for humans to read, but is easy for a feed reader to read.

Here’s what Wild Ozark’s RSS feed looks like: https://www.wildozark.com/feed/

A feed reader takes that hard-to-read information and serves it up in an easy to read format, kind of the way a website serves up content instead of the HTML code that was used to create it.

The advantage to a feed reader, from a reader’s perspective, is that you can scan headlines of many blogs and pick and choose which articles you actually find interesting enough to read.

Feedspot is one of many RSS feed readers. I use Feedly because I like the way it’s set up better, but many people seem to like Feedspot.

RSS Feed readers are incredibly useful tools, but from a website owner’s perspective, they can be problematic.

Don’t Let Your Feed Reader Hijack Your Author/Reader Relationship

When I’m using a feed reader, the one thing I don’t like about it is that the blog or website owner doesn’t get the benefit of knowing I read their post.

Unless I click OUT of the feedreader entirely to go to the website itself.

So that’s how you can let your favorite blog or websites know you still love them if you’re using a feed reader.

If you’ve found a headline that intrigued you enough to read the article, just click out of the feed reader to go to the actual website.

Once you make that click, you’ve given that site or blog a dose of readerly love.

You’ve initiated communication.

Communication is the Key to Relationships

Communication is vital to creatives.

Our work is our attempt to communicate to the world.

To understand how communication works, an understanding of what the word means is important.

Communication only happens when there is both a transmission AND a reception.

Without both, it is not communication. It doesn’t matter whether the transmission is in the form of radio waves, tangible or digital art forms, or written word.

Writers and artists get emotional sometimes trying to get their messages across. However, it doesn’t matter how loudly we speak, how angry we get, or how lovely our prose is,  or how moving the art is – if it is not received, the communication has not occurred.

By nature, creatives are transmitters. For creatives – whether blog post authors, novelists, or poet, or any sort of creative artist at all, being read or seen – received –  is as important as the air we breathe.

Reception is Important

We only know we’ve been read or seen if we keep an eye on our statistics or if some incredibly appreciated soul leaves a comment on our sites. And if our site was only viewed from behind the protective walls of a feed reader, we will never know our words or art was received.

When someone responds to what we’ve created, we are like sponges and soak it up. We love to receive the transmissions from our readers, viewers, or listeners.

And any time you click out of your feed reader to go to the website, you’ve just sent a transmission. If the website owner knows how to read their stats, they’ll know a visitor came to the site and your transmission (in the form of your click through) will have been received.

If you leave a comment, that’s the kind of transmission that could open up more depth in the relationship.

It Works Both Ways

There are the creatives who are so introverted they don’t want feedback, conversation, or relationship of any sort with their audience. I’ve written comments on blogs before and don’t know if I was received or not. So did communication happen? I don’t know. Maybe for the creator, it did, if they saw that I’d been to the site. But it didn’t for this reader.

I think there exists an obligation to acknowledge communication. When someone comments here, I want them to know they were received. So I comment in response.

Some artists and authors who are not online gain their audiences through real-life interaction. That used to be the only way it was done. Artists would have shows and receptions, and many still do. Authors have book signings still, but it’s less common now than it was in the past.

Thank You

At any rate, if you use a feedreader and click through to pause in the real space of this website or just hop around to the blogs you enjoy, thank you for stopping in.

Your transmission was received 🙂

Don't Let Your Feed Reader Hijack Your Author/Reader Relationship.

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  1. Laura Lankford

    Hello! You perfectly defined why we need to know if anyone is out there “receiving”!! I love to post pictures and promote tings that help people and it feels like Christmas to check if I have any new likes, followers and especially comments. 🙂 That said, Ihave thoroughly enjoyed reading your blogs and looking at your photos. I live on a farm in NC that has a lot of old growth hardwood forest. I hope I will learn to identify the understory plants better.Thanks!! Laura

    1. Hi Laura! I’m so glad you found my post and left me some readerly love 🙂 If you want to send me some pics when you get to exploring your understory, if I’m able to help, I’ll be happy to do so. Do you have a blog?

  2. Congratulations on being in the top 100! WordPress has a reader feature that show the first bit of each blog I follow. Of course, a reader can simply click “like” without ever coming to my blog at all and I’m sure some do. I’m guilty of that sometimes, but I always try to both visit and comment. That takes more time, but as you say, it’s the only way to build relationships, a big part of what I love about blogging. I can’t follow as many blogs that way, but I try to have a quality relationship with those I do follow. My blog has over 3,000 followers, which sounds great, except that most of those never “like” or say a word. But I certainly value those that engage.

    Happy Wednesday!


    1. Thanks, Janet 🙂 I read very few blogs nowadays but I am trying to be more conscious of letting those I do know that I was there enjoying their take on the world. Yours is one I enjoy a lot because of your wonderful photography and your insight on the everyday things you encounter as you travel the country and world.

    2. I’m happy to read that. I enjoy yours as well. There are more I’d like to read, but reading and responding all takes time and I do have a few other things I should be doing. 🙂

      I’ve been having trouble getting my replies to your comments to post from my site, so I’m coming back here and hope it works better.

    3. LOL, WordPress causes a bit of frustration with that sort of thing every once in a while! I know what you mean about the time constraint. Same here.

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