Nov 06 2007
Dear RSS Tease,
There’s a good chance I unsubscribed to your blog yesterday.
You see, I set yesterday aside to get on top of Google Reader, as I was way behind and sick of seeing 1000+ unread items.
Perhaps setting aside such a large chunk of time made me more conscious of my reading habits, what I wanted to read and what I didn’t. Maybe I’m not an “average” blog consumer but here’s a bit of feedback.
- I am subscribed to over 200 feeds.
- Yesterday, I “read” (as in opened) over 500 items.
- Some feeds had more of a backlog than others, predominantly because they are “high volume” feeds.
- For the most part the feeds that I got to last, funnily enough, are those that I value highly because of their content. But I know that they are “meaty” posts, so I tend to save them for when I can digest them.
Well yesterday was the final straw and I culled 10% of those feeds. If you burn a partial feed chances are yours was one of them.
I know I’ve said this before, but I’m going to say it again.
Please respect your subscribers and DO NOT BURN PARTIAL FEEDS.
I hate, hate, HATE them. I feel insulted and pissed off, that you don’t respect my time. You’ve lost me, and I’m not coming back. How does that feel? Was it worth it?
Why do you do it?
- Because you think you’re doing me a favour?
- So you know better, what delivers a higher click through?
- So I’d click on your advertising?
- So I’d leave a comment?
- So I’d increase your Alexa rank?
Well, that’s not going to happen now, is it?
Perhaps you won’t miss me. But what about 100 of “me” or a thousand?
- you are competing for a reader’s attention – media snackers, remember?
- constantly teasing, and making it harder for them is going to be counter productive
- if they’re searching for something relevant in their feeds, how are they going to find your content if it’s not there? (I do this a lot if I can’t remember where I read something, or what was the specific post, I use the Google Reader search function)
- if you’re concerned about having your content scraped, there are other ways of dealing with it.
I was interested in you enough to subscribe to your blog in the first place. Isn’t that 80% of the battle?
Why did you have to go and stuff it up by being an RSS tease?
p.s. If you’re not sure how to deliver a full feed, please shoot me an email, and I’ll help you out.
p.s.s. Still not convinced? Read the comments on these posts, and you’ll soon get the feeling that I’m in the majority on this. (BTW, I found all the links for this post by searching my feeds).
Update: I don’t know why I didn’t think of this earlier, but Stephen Cronin has devised a solution which caters to both sides of the fence. He has developed a plugin that allows bloggers to have dualfeeds, meaning you can offer your subscribers the choice of full or partial feed. Check out his Dual Feed Plugin.
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