People, we need to have a frank talk here.
I use Google Reader to follow the blogs I read. I subscribe to over 170 blogs and there is no way I’ll be checking that many websites consistently (heck, I can hardly remember to read private blogs). If you don’t use Google Reader yet, you should go fix that now. It’s basically like an email account for your blogs – instead of emails, you get the new posts for all the blogs you ask it to track. It’s brilliant.
Except that some people have their blogs set at only partial feeds. That means that in my Google Reader, only about a paragraph of their post shows up. In order to read the whole thing, I have to click through to their blog.
But guess what? Usually, I don’t.
Now, I do click through to blogs all the time in order to comment, but when I do that it’s my choice. I hate being forced to click through in order to find out what they wrote. And so I just keep skipping them and finally just delete the post after a few days of ignoring it.
I do subscribe to some blogs that have a partial feed. I’ve been reading them for a long time and I’m not going to drop them now. But I am not going to subscribe to anymore blogs that have one. It’s just too much of a hassle. My new policy is to check if they have a full feed before I even read more than an entry.
Yesterday, I went through and weeded out a big chunk of the blogs I read that only have partial feeds that I wasn’t committed too. I’ll keep a list of those blogs and check them occasionally, but they aren’t worth clogging up my Reader with since they just make me want to tear my hair out.
Zoot linked to an article recently saying that blogs with partial feeds don’t really get any more traffic than blogs with full links. And if they’d surveyed me, I would have agreed. I am MORE likely to comment on a blog that has a full feed because that’s the only extra effort, rather than having already made an effort to read the post itself. By the time it gets to commenting, well, I’m just plain worn out!
Do you have a partial feed? Are you ashamed of yourself? Is anyone else as irrationally angered by partial feeds as I am?