Chad Perrin (aka apotheon) is working hard to manage his new-found RSS addiction. I know what it’s like when your feed reader gradually collects new feeds until you’re surfeited with the incoming content. Then it’s time to winnow out the ones that don’t make good use of your time.
The first bullet in Chad’s list of reasons to unsub ranks high on mine as well: partial feeds. You’ve got to have some very good content to keep me subscribed to nothing more than a teaser. Normally, I don’t have time for more than a quick scan to decide if your post is something I want to read or not. If you only give me a couple of sentences about it, they’re going to have to quickly capture my interest to get me to click through. Whereas if you give me the full story, I’ll scan the whole thing. You’re much more likely to get me to read it. Plus, as Chad says, I’m also more likely to click through, either to comment on it or to bookmark it for later linking.
I’ve been within a hair’s breadth of unsubscribing every partial feed in my reader at one time or another, just because they’re such a waste of time.
Shout out to those I still have, in hopes of getting you to change your evil ways:
- Blog of the Gods
- Peter D’Adamo
- Chris Boese
- Damn Interesting
- Good Morning Silicon Valley
- Greg Laden
- inkblot earth
- Stu Savory
- Wonderland or Not
That’s 10 partial feeds out of 116 to which I’m currently subscribed. Please, people. Wasting your readers’ time is not the way to gain their attention.
UPDATE: inkblot earth and Wonderland or Not have both enabled full feeds! Thanks, folks!
UPDATE: Greg Laden has enabled full feeds! Three down, seven more to go.