Why did I do this?
Very simply, because I want my readers to visit the site. Without visiting the site the SFDB Weekend Widget doesn't get any exposure, the blogroll doesn't get any play and the comments section doesn't receive any attention. In short, the interactivity aspect of the site disappears.
I've always wanted SFDB to be a place where the South Florida blogosphere comes to connect with each other. Using a full feed in the reader lessens the chance of that happening. Hopefully, shortening the feed and bringing people to the blog to read the posts will create a more dynamic site that includes a higher reader participation.
As always, thoughts, comments and/or criticisms are welcomed.
Okay, so there's been mixed reaction to this change, mostly negative. Only one respondent has articulated why clicking on a link to read a post is such a bother. This commenter stated that they don't want their employer to see their tracks around the 'net and they don't have the time. The employer thing is cool and something I understand, however the time issue befuddles me. Last time I checked, SFDB takes 4-8 seconds to load, unless you have dial up. If you don't have 4-8 seconds to spare in your life then there's nothing much I can do about that.
I'm getting the feeling it's just the principle of the thing. The fact that a change has occurred and you'll actually have to visit SFDB to read the entire post appears to really be offensive to some people because....well, because.
I'd like to hear from more people and get their input and I'm also going to be watching my RSS subscriber numbers and my stats to verify any changes in them.
I prefer full feed myself; it makes reading posts in a reader much easier. I can fly through posts that way, without having to do a lot of clicking over to the actual website. But… I have to confess that I have been incredibly impressed with how many people DO click over to my blog now that I have a partial feed published. My stats are through the roof, of course (I do not currently have any advertising that depends on website views, so this increase in readership on site has been personally gratifying rather than financially rewarding).
I was chatting with a friend about this, and she said something that resonated with me. She said (and I’m paraphrasing), “I work hard on my site. I work hard to make it look nice, to write the posts, to keep the topics interesting. Is it so awful, then, to just ask for the simple act of clicking on my actual site?”
I have to admit, that does give me pause. I read blogs that I love, bloggers whose lives I am deeply invested in, and is it a disservice to not give them the click? Of course commenting requires clicking over, and we all know why it’s important to leave comments, but not every post inspires a comment – but I can always give the gift of a simple click.