Short and Sweet

I switch back to the summary option for RSS feeds.

I gave it some thought. Lots of thought. I realized that I was one of the few bloggers out there who was publishing a full-text RSS feed. That’s not a big deal if every post is just 100 or so words. But most of mine are longer — considerably longer. By sending out a full-text feed, RSS feedreader users had no reason to visit my site.

I spend a lot of time on my site. I add features. I tweak appearance. I tweak features. I experiment with WordPress features. I get a great deal of pleasure out of molding my site to meet my needs. It’s as close as I get to programming (and it’s close enough).

I’d like to get comments on what I write. But people who access via RSS feed don’t come by to read the articles so they don’t come by to post comments, either. (Unless they’re pissed, it seems.) So I don’t get as many comments as I’d like to see. (I’m sure this post will generate lots of nasty comments.)

I also don’t like what I’m hearing about other bloggers stealing content from full-text feeds and displaying it as their own on their sites. This will make it just a bit tougher. (At least I think so.)

So I toggled the Syndication Feeds option in the Reading Options administration panel to Summary. And from this point on, only the first bit of content for each article will appear in my feed. If you want to read the article, come on over and read it. Otherwise, be satisfied with the summary.

After all, that’s what everyone else is giving you, isn’t it?

What do you think?