Too Much RSS Noise? Get An Email Daily Digest

Some folks have gotten in touch with me and let me know that I should be scheduling my posts. I’ve been doing that. Then, people have told me I have too many posts and to schedule them far apart. I’ve also done this and I try not to publish more than 5 posts in a day with the first one generally being published at 7AM with about 3 to 4 hours of space between each post. I’ve now received some complaints that getting notifications in their RSS reader for 5 posts one day with none the next two days and then 5 more posts is too much. If I had my way, I would have 5 WordPress posts published every single day but consistency in blogging is quite a battle, even with future post scheduling.

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The answer to this is to drop the RSS feed or in addition to the feed, signup to receive a daily digest via email from FeedBurner which contains all posts created in that day. If I didn’t publish any posts, you don’t receive any email. This keeps the noise level down while at the same time, giving you an overview as to what was discussed on the blog throughout that day.

6 Comments


  1. I’m with Andrew; I don’t understand what the problem is.

    Just publish good content, when it’s ready. If people don’t want so much RSS “noise” then they can just change the update frequency in their feed reader.

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  2. Keep the posts coming. The more content the better, this is a serious problem with blogs in general IMO. Imagine if a major news website limited itself to two news items per day!

    There is a lot of news in the WordPress/Automattic world and I’m sure you could push it to 20 posts/day if you had enough contributors.

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  3. There is no such thing as too much good content.

    However, I can understand the concept of ‘digest’ type aggregations – some people like to keep lists (inboxes, or feed lists, etc.) clean, or reduced to a summary type level.

    I think it is more an organization thing.

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  4. @Andrew – I try to make every post something of quality. Doesn’t always work but when I publish something here on the site, it’s usually because I have something to say.

    @Chip Bennett – This is true. I’m also a fan of quality versus quantity. At least the email daily digest is there for those who want it.

    @Ryan – Exactly. There is so much happening in the WordPress community that I could sit here 8 hours a day writing about stuff and not run out of content. It’s coming up with great things to add to the conversation which is the hard part.

    @Dave – Well, everyone’s definition of good content is different. I don’t think every post published on this site is good content. Like you said, the daily digest does offer a nice way to organize the post activity on this site. Plus, getting a daily digest through email is more accessible than a feedreader since email can be accessed and used in more places and on more devices than a feedreader.

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  5. I say keep up the good work. As in an earlier comment, theres no such thing as too much good content!

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