Thursday, February 5, 2009

Partial Feeds? Seriously?

Are you that important and famous that people are desperately plagiarizing your content at every opportunity, so you have to set your subscription feeds to "partial"?  Because I'll tell you what that does: it gets you fewer readers. The whole point of having blog subscriptions in a reader is to AVOID HAVING TO CLICK OVER TO EVERY DAMN BLOG I WANT TO READ. So when you set your feeds to partial, and force me to click over if I want to read more than a sentence or two, know what happens? I don't read more than a sentence or two. And out of irritation, I rarely leave comments either. Because in order to leave a comment, I have to click over to finish the post, and then what if I have nothing to say to that post?  And then I have to click back to my reader and look for other posts of yours to sample before clicking BACK to your blog to read the rest of those posts, and now I'm too tired to read and have a headache. So your posts pile up in my reader until they are in the double digits, and then I feel guilty and click on your feed, and sigh and think, "oh, it's just not worth the effort," and so I "Mark all as read" and go on. Know what? I should just unsubscribe. It wouldn't change how often I read your posts (even though I love your writing, honest, which is why I subscribed in the first place), and it would give me a lot less angst.

*smiles* Oh, now I have a happy plan. Unsubscribing is easy!

Is it okay for whines to end on an up note?


(Anonymous, please.)

13 comments:

Marinka said...

I don't understand partial feeds. I also don't understand why people think that putting up a "don't steal my content" will deter someone. They need a guard dog.
But I agree. I use a reader and if the post's not there, it's not getting read. There are very few people that I make an exception for. Because I need to steal their stuff.

Miss Grace said...

I have a user script for firefox that spits out the full feed for all my blogs, partial settings or otherwise, and allows me to comment within my reader (like right now).

Ann's Rants said...

When I started blogging I used "read more" until I realized people were only commenting on the first half of the post! Somewere I read that the art of blogging is to keep it short. Its a good challenge for me.

Anonymous said...

If clicking links leaves you THAT tired, maybe you've got bigger problems than partial feeds.

Marinka said...

Oh no you diiiidn't!
Hey, Anonymous--it's not so much being physically tired, as emotionally drained. I'm very dainty, you know.

Comedy Goddess said...

I go to my dashboard and then I always read the new post directly from the site. I figure someone has invested a lot of time to make an interesting blogsite so I will visit. I don't like the black backgrounds though. I click on their adds too. I do my part to add to the drops in the ocean of their AdSense account.

countrymouse said...

This made me have to do a few clicks of my own to go check what sort of feed setting I had on my blog. Which reminded me--it doesn't matter. I have no readers left. Probably because I quit writing anything . . .

Which brings me to what is actually a whine, not a comment: what's up with disloyal people no longer reading a blog just because there's never any new material? Fair weather friends . . .

MommyTime said...

Marinka, "Emotionally drained"? You crack me up. The whole reader/clicking/commenting thing IS a lot of emotional work. I think I need to get me some of what Miss Grace has got; that sounds like genius.

Hi, I'm Christy. said...

My whine is that I know nothing about feeds - how to program them, where to read them -nothing. I need to spend some time figuring this stuff out.

The Panic Room said...

FIRST!!!

Rachel said...

I don't even know what a feed is. I'm a bad blogger.

Hi, I'm Christy. said...

Panic room just made me bust out laughing. For real. Okay, now back to the whine? I'm with Rachel. What's a feed?

Braja said...

Ann, you can always tell when someone's racing thru your blog and commenting on the first and final sentence. Wait. How do I know that.....?