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By: Lorelle VanFossen

Thu, 12 Oct 2006 18:38:23 +0000

I just checked my feed stats again and fairly consistently, almost 60% of my feed reading readers are accessing this site through web browsers or online web page aggregators or social bookmarking services like Blogline. The rest of the statistics are a combination of web and email program feed readers or stand alone feed readers. Interesting statistics.

By: Lorelle VanFossen

Thu, 12 Oct 2006 18:31:52 +0000

I changed it to excerpts a while ago as an experiment. I had several complaints that my consistently LONG posts were difficult to read within feed readers. I also tend to post a lot of code which was also difficult to read in feed readers. People told me that they liked seeing excerpts, since I write a lot of technical articles, so they could quickly see if what I was writing applied to what they wanted to read or not. I post one to three posts a day, so that's a LOT of content to scroll through. If they wanted to read, they could click and visit the site. A couple weeks later, several splogs grabbed my stuff and the only thing that "protected" me was the fact that my feeds were in excerpt form already. While others were going crazy fighting back for the theft of their full contents for commercial use, I had less to lose. I still fought back, though. Since I had no complaints directly to me about the change to excerpts (summaries), I kept it that way. The majority of those reading feeds on my site are doing so through their web browser, according to stats, so "loading up the browser" isn't a factor since that's what they are using. It's a click or open in new tab or window. My feed stats continue to go up (in spite of the weirdness of the new charting system) through feedburner and the feed stats here.

By: lisa

Thu, 12 Oct 2006 18:22:01 +0000

While we're on the subject of feeds: can you explain your reasoning for only offering an excerpted feed to your readers? I mean, I love your stuff, but it would be nice if I didn't have to load up the browser every time I want to read it.

By: Ilias

Sat, 07 Oct 2006 00:53:03 +0000

I was wondering about the same thing a few hours ago! At least it's for good :)