Knowing more about my readers

I am always looking for new tools and services to help me better understand who my readers are, what they like to read, and where they like to go.  Besides the more active participants that like to comment and trackback to some of my posts, many of my readers have been anonymous to me and to each other.  Scott Rafer, who founded Feedster, recently contacted me about a new project that he is working on with Eric Marcouillier called MyBlogLog Communities.  What is interesting about MyBlogLog Communities is that it allows me to put a name and a face to my readers, to discover what you like/dislike, and to perhaps give me an opportunity to further tailor some of my posts to your interests. What’s in it for you?  Well it allows you to interact with other readers on my blog and to see what others in my community see as hot topics of the day via a link tracking mechanism.  While this service is early in its release, I encourage you to sign up for the BeyondVC community (look for the Join Community button on my page) and to experiment and learn more about each other, what blogs we like to read, and favorite posts from around the web.  Maybe you’ll discover something new or meet some other entrepreneurs with similar interests.

Published by Ed Sim

founder boldstart ventures, over 20 years experience seeding and leading first rounds in enterprise startups, @boldstartvc, googlization of IT, SaaS 3.0, security, smart data; cherish family time + enjoy lacrosse + hockey

4 comments on “Knowing more about my readers”

  1. hey ed,
    not sure if you saw, but there’s now a widget that allows for putting the “Recent Readers” box right on your blog. Let’s others see who’s visiting too.

  2. Of course, the MBL Communities feature doesn’t work for people who only read your feed (which, given the nature of your audience I suspect is a disproportionate percent).

  3. Hi Ed,

    For folks that might not want to join a full fledged social network, you might want to check out our service PrefPass, which also helps you learn more about your readers.

    PrefPass lets any site personalize without requiring registration. For blogs, you can give readers a personalized list of postings that match their interests, and generate a tag cloud of your readers’ interests. You can see an example at my blog

    We’re in limited beta right now, so please, feel free to get an invite at!

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