Bloggers, don’t truncate your posts

I know a lot of bloggers like to post excerpts to their posts so people will click through to their blog and see their beautiful design and peruse their sidebar widgets — but if you are blogging on a service like wordpress.com — and that reader is inside of China, they aren’t going to be able to see your genius in its full glory, only through an aggregator.

So go full text (Derek Slater, I can’t read your post linking to me) and be assured that there is a way to get past the Great FireWall via an aggregator. (Wikipedia is another matter altogether). An excerpted post is just a tease.

[update: red-faced I just changed my syndication options from “summary” to “full text.”]

Author: David Churbuck

Cape Codder with an itch to write

0 thoughts on “Bloggers, don’t truncate your posts”

  1. I agree with you Dave, however you should note that your posts are actually truncated in Google Reader (FYI).
    Cheers, S

  2. You’re kidding right? You do realize YOUR RSS feed is truncated, don’t you? I had to click through to read this one.

    Seriously.

    Also, I hate people who put smileys in their posts to show they are not really pissed off.

    🙂

  3. Serves you right for calling me out! [Insert here: something like a smiley face, only cooler.] Okay, I confess my relative ignorance of wordpress controls. Will tinker.

  4. Don’t forget that not all feed readers will show you the full feed when the summary is present along with the full-feed CDATA info (at least, that’s how I understand it given my experience attempting to deliver a full feed).

    Further, WordPress 2.1 out of the box will attempt to truncate every feed item that uses the <!– more –> tag.

    The solution I found to resolve this issue and deliver true full-text feeds was to use the following plug-in:

    CompleteRSS 1.0 from NeoSmart Technologieshttp://neosmart.net/dl.php?id=2

    You may find other plug-ins that work similarly and YMMV. But it’s been a real boon for me!

    Regards,

    Rich
    BlogRodent

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