If you let me, that is..
I recently noted that the feed crawler for google reader leaves a note about the number of subscribers to your feed with its requests.
Prior to that I was thinking about trying my way with writing a WordPress plugin, so bingo!
This is basically a pretty lame rewrite of the hello dolly plugin. But somebody else might learn something from my mistakes while I toy around a bit with this..
For now you can download it here. I might put it up on the WordPress plugin site later.
That is if I get around to write an admin page where you can specify wich log file to read and so on..
Right now all it does is display the subscriber count in the admin header from the default apache log.
Go ahead, give it a spin!
Fun fact of the day, Google is kind enough to include the number of subscribed readers each time their feed fetcher polls your feeds.
184.108.40.206 - - [10/Jun/2010:22:37:47 +0200] "GET /feed/ HTTP/1.1" 304 - "-" "Feedfetcher-Google; (+http://www.google.com/feedfetcher.html; 5 subscribers; feed-id=3719683273676272306)"
That makes it easy to check how many subscribers you have to a certain feed.
The feed-id is a 64 bit identifier for the URL of the feed, so if your feed can be accessed via multiple URLs you might see multiple values in you logs. Go sum them up!
what a lucky coincidence!
It seems as that while I am in the midst of studying the hardest now at the very end of the semester the internetz are actually running out.
I honestly think this is the first time in the years of using google reader that I have actually seen the bottom of my feeds..