Full Feed, Partial Feed. Flip-flop, flip-flop.

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I hate being on the fence, it’s a real pain, and that’s just the splinters.


Full RSS feed, or partial?


What do you guys do? Do partial feeds annoy you?


I’ve gone back and forth on this, and am finally going back to full feed. I almost hate to do it, because I know I’ll have to keep a sharp eye on where my feed is being fed(partial feeds protect from others running your RSS through their blog) and I suspect my comments will go down. BUT, I also know a lot of people get really annoyed by partial feeds, so back to full feed I go. Prove me wrong and continue to comment, will ya? πŸ˜‰




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38 thoughts on “Full Feed, Partial Feed. Flip-flop, flip-flop.

  1. Hmm, I’ve always had mine on full because the partial ones do annoy me, especially when I’m reading posts in a hurry. I do always click through if I want to comment so I don’t think it affects that for me anyway. I didn’t realize it was such a big deal as it seems to be, but then again, I’m still fairly new at this. I will say thanks and I appreciate you making the change! πŸ™‚


  2. I HATE hate hate partial feed. You’re one of VERY FEW blogs that I even subscribe to that do partial feed because I DESPISE it so much!

    Full feed makes me
    1) more likely to read the whole post, which makes me
    2) more likely to comment!

    Way to go! It’s a bold move, but a good one!


  3. Oh, I like full feeds better. And it doesn’t affect my comments. In fact I might be more likely to comment, because I will read the whole post instead of possibly skipping a partial feed.


  4. I will have to agree. I hate partial feeds (until now I didn’t realize why some were full and some were partial) and it doesn’t affect my commenting to have the full feed. Again, if anything I’m more likely to comment when I can read the whole thing.
    What is this problem with people stealing stuff if you do a full feed?


  5. I’ll be the odd one and admit I prefer partial feeds. I don’t get to read often so being able to rad th first paragraph or two of several posts at a time helps. Then if what I read seems interesting or I have something to say I’ll click over and read the whole post.


  6. Krista, you can run anyone’s RSS feed through you blog if they do full feed and claim it as your own. It doesn’t happen to everyone, but it does happen, which is why partial feeds are more secure.


  7. I think you know where I stand on the feeds issue Sara. Full feeds only!

    Now, for something different.. A little birdy told me it’s your Birthday today.. so.. Happy Birthday and all the best for the coming year! πŸ˜€


  8. Wow – I didn’t realize so many people HATE partial feeds. I have a partial feed on my blog because I really WANT people to click through and continue reading. I also want an accurate number of how many people are reading my blog. As a writer, I suppose that if I can’t capture your attention with the first paragraph, I’m not doing my job.


  9. I have no clue what full feed or partial feeds actually does other than I actually have to click on the blog from my reader to finish reading the post…But I do that anyway to comment…So it makes no difference to me…

    But I comment.

    Also, I have no clue what my stats say about me or where people come from to read what I say because statcounter totally confuses me with that crap.

    All in all, I’m no help. But I think you should do what you like best.

    You are an awesome writer full feed or not.


  10. I far prefer full feed. Sometimes I only have time to read, not click over, and if the whole post is there in my Reader, we’re golden.

    It depends on whether you worry about security, or where your comfort and preference is. We’re adaptable.

    Using My Words


  11. To be brutally honest, I generally unsubscribe from blogs that only have partial feeds. I’m perfectly willing to click through to comment after I’ve read the full post in my reader, but I subscribe to WAY too many blogs to be clicking through just to read a mystery post.


  12. I don’t like partial feeds, but not because I have to click through to continue reading. My reason is much more lame: If I click through, you’ll know I was there and I’ll feel bad if I can’t think of a comment to leave. Because I know how nice it is to get comments and I like to leave them whenever possible.

    How pathetic is that?


  13. Hate partials as well. I tend to not bother going to people’s sites. A blogger better hook me into things right from the get-go in order for me to click to their site.


  14. I like it like this much better. That way I can read it on my google reader. I am so dumb about stuff like this. That is what you were asking right?


  15. I’ve gone back and forth too. I know I tend not to comment as much and click through to a page when it’s a full feed in my reader. I don’t mind clicking through from a partial feed if what I can read in the partial feed is interesting enough. That said, I like to be supportive of the community, so I would consider going back to a full feed.


  16. My habits — I click through on full feeds far more often than partial. Usually to comment and sometimes I get pulled in to other posts on the blog once there.

    Partial feeds (and mine were for awhile until I realized my own viewing habits) rarely engage me enough to click through. I do have a few favorite blogs I’ll click through anyways if I’m remotely curious. Otherwise I tend to skip right over them to another blog in my reader.

    I’ll also share posts I like in my reader was well to my blog. Doubt that drives anyone more than a click or two but it’s another way of driving residual traffic off a full feed.


  17. I don’t mind partial feeds, but the reasoning of “I want people to click through to my blog” backfires with me. I will subscribe to a partial feed, but will generally just scan it and pass it by. It’s got to be REALLY good to get me to click through. On the other hand, I’m much more likely to read a whole post if the entire post is in the feed.


  18. FULL FULL FULL. πŸ™‚ Please!

    I will be more inclined to read all your posts and then comment more regularly. I only have a few left, yours included, that I read through my rss feed.



  19. I prefer full feeds. I know having a full feed might reduce the number of people clicking through to my blog, which reduces ad revenue, but I’d rather have happy readers more than more ad revenue.

    I also don’t always have time to comment, so breezing through posts in my reader is a much quicker way to scan what’s out there at the moment. If it’s a partial feed, I might not know what great post I passed up because I didn’t have time to click through.


  20. I prefer full feeds myself, even though I am not sure if I’m currently full or partial feeding (I go back and forth, too). I am sure full feeds do make comments go down somewhat, but hopefully one of these days I can post something so insanely good that people just want to come over and comment and add to it. I am bad about just reading a lot of posts, but I do comment if I feel that I can actually add to the discussion or answer a question.


  21. I much prefer full feeds. I am more likely to comment on them too, as I often just skip over them. And, after I realize that I have been skipping over the feeds for a while, I just unsubscribe.


  22. I have always had full feeds out of respect for my readers.

    If they don’t want to comment, then I should write something more compelling. If they don’t want to visit my site and read the post in the context of the blog as a whole (as it is intended), then that is their loss.

    All full feeds. All the time. Respect your readers and they will come.


  23. I switched to partial feeds after some asshat was hijacking my blog and using my feed as filler in their blog. Asses.

    I’m still undecided as to whether I’ll switch back or not. I want to respect my readers but I also want to respect my right as writer not to have my words stolen as well…


  24. I have you bookmarked so I haven’t seen partials, yet I stopped reading another fave because I had to click on something to read the full post. I am so damn lazy.


  25. I personally like full feeds. But if blogs like Quick Online Tips can get over 13000 readers with partial feeds, I guess people can tolerate partial feeds too. Its all about good content, people will follow. 😎


  26. Depending on my mood I have flipped and flopped back and forth as well. I would try it for a day, then change back again.

    I hate partials when I am reading posts… so I figured I wouldn’t burden readers with something that I despise myself.
    To be honest, I tend to click through on full feeds more then I do with partials…. weird, but true.


  27. I don’t have any use for RSS feeds right now, so I’ve left it at full feed and I’m starting to include post summaries, so those with RSS readers who support them can see if they’re interested in my post. πŸ™‚


  28. i use full feeds because that’s what i prefer…i find it easier to read everything through my reader, and click over to leave comments. of course, partial freeds don’t keep me from commenting on my fave blogs…:)


  29. Yeah, I’ve been debating the full v partial feed thing lately. I haven’t come to a decision yet but I’m leaning towards doing full feeds.

    By the by – do you know *how* you can run an RSS feed through your blog? I’ve got two blogs and I want to run one RSS feed through the other but I have no idea how, I’ve even looked at plugins and am feeling really stupid at this point.


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