Thoughts on RSS Feeds
I spent a lot of energy to make Emergent Chaos look nice. And how do you all repay me? You read the RSS feeds. Most of my readership (85% or so) are reading via RSS.
Which is nice. It says that there’s a core of folks who are interested in what I have to say, and keep coming back.
But you don’t seem to care about how the site looks. Which almost brings me to my point.
Before I get there, let me say I actually like reading blogs in a web browser, seeing the post roughly the way the author wants it. Getting the visual clues as to who I’m reading. Associating their words with their other words. But there are simply too many feeds I want to read to read them that way. So I use NetNewsWire to read them. Well, most of them. Most of the time.
I’m flying a lot this week. (4 flights in 6 days, maybe 6 in 8.) As I do, I read my RSS feeds on the airplane. (Here, we, or at least I, arrive at my actual point. Who knows if you’re still with me?) And so those folks whose feeds are “excerpt only” are losing my attention. Because I have to mark your post as unread, and come back to it later. If you’re brilliant, then it may be worth doing. But it adds a lot of effort for me.
Why publish an excerpt-only feed? What’s your upside?