Fagstein’s Subscription Challenge: Thanks to all 402 of you

$450 of my money, and I just gave it all away! Im crazy!

$450 of my money, and I just gave it all away! I'm insaaaaaane!

I was supposed to do this on Saturday, but work kept me on a pretty hectic schedule. Now that I’m home for the pre-holidays (I’m back in the office on Christmas afternoon), I have some time to deal with unfinished business.

Last week, you’ll recall I promised to give $1 for each RSS feed subscriber (through Google Reader and other online applications that report them) to Dans La Rue, my charity of choice this year.

Having just checked the logs and done some quick math, I whipped out the ol’ credit card and made the donation tonight.

There wasn’t exactly a stampede of new subscriptions (most of the people who read the blog are subscribed already), but about 17 of you came on board to bump the number past 400.

Counting Google Reader (304 split over three feed URLs), NewsGator (41), Bloglines (36), Netvibes (18) and miscellaneous (3), that makes 402 subscribers that I know about. I bumped the donation up to $450 (mostly because it seems weird giving exactly $402 to charity). For my embezzled hard-earned I-can’t-believe-they-pay-me-for-this-job money, I get a nice tax receipt, my name gets printed in a book somewhere, and oh yeah some kid gets help.

On behalf of my inflated ego, I’d like to thank you all for reading this here blog and making my opinions sound important enough for journalism students to think I’m some sort of expert.

P.S. To my fellow bloggers with your so-called charity campaign, I just donated $1 for every RSS subscriber. Can you beat that, chickens?

6 thoughts on “Fagstein’s Subscription Challenge: Thanks to all 402 of you

  1. Fagstein Post author

    Desktop-based readers don’t report en masse like Google Reader does, so it’s hard to compile numbers (whenever Google retrieves the feed, its user-agent string reports the number of subscribers – other services have copied this behaviour).

    I figure the extra $48 covers desktop-based readers.

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  2. Christelle

    Awww what a nice thing to do!!

    This year I gave lots to charity too… I bought Happy back from Mira, that’s 500$ there (half of the total, counted as a charity donation with reçu d’impôt). I also gave 50$ to the Guignolée du web, towards Auberge du Coeur, as I worked at one 2 Summers ago and they do amazing work with the youth that’s in trouble.

    So I do beat you at giving!! :D Muhahahah!

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