Nothing in blogging can compare to the feeling of gaining a couple more RSS subscribers each day… or the feeling of losing the ones that you gain the next day. An interesting comment I observed yesterday was one from Adam Pieniazek (who blogs over at AdamPieniazek.com surprisingly )
My subscriber count looks intact but I do see it fluctuate a lot from day to day on a regular basis (e.g. it’ll move up and down up and down with seemingly no real pattern).
What Adam and many bloggers experience on a daily basis is the effects of their subscribers. The Feedburner Feedcount stats all depend on who tunes in with their RSS readers. Basically meaning that if one subscriber only tunes in every Saturday, they’ll have +1 for the day of Saturday but lose that +1 every other day. So that “fluctuation” is just when more or less people tune into his content.
Personally I would just use Feedburner’s Feedcount as a rough estimate of how many real subscribers you actually have. To the delight of most people, you may have more than you think