I’ve decided to ditch Feedburner. Maybe I expected a little too much from it, but FB did not deliver to my satisfaction. Initially, I was rather skeptical of adding another piece to the puzzle, one more thing that can go wrong, but I was lured in with the promise of Analytics-like stats about my feed and how it was used. I was largely disappointed.
Feedburner is probably a lot more useful if you are willing to pay for the additional features, but I don’t blog to make money (though any indirect income is nice since it keeps the out-of-pocket costs down). I just don’t see why I would pay for the additional features when I wasn’t impressed with the basic feature-set. Maybe if they gave new users 7 days of full usage, I could see what I was missing and actually feel bad about not losing more money on my blog, but they’d rather just leave you wondering. I can’t help but compare their service to Analytics, which is free and does far more than Feedburner.
Perhaps if I have an abundance of time in the future (ha!), I’ll write a WordPress plugin that can do feed stats itself. For now, make sure you are using http://blog.gordaen.com/feed/ as the feed URL. I’ll keep the FB feed around for a little while to give people a chance to switch, if needed, but in a week or so I’ll be deleting it entirely.