Quick Tip: Full RSS Feeds
One of the most annoying things in the world for a blog reader is truncated feeds. If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, I envy you.
Imagine this… you see an interesting title in your feed reader, click on it, and the first few sentences have you hooked… and then the article stops, with a big glaring “read more” link. Having hundreds of posts still to read, you open it up in a new tab and continue on to the next post. Then you get distracted, forget about the opened tab and the fact that you never read the post at all. It’s marked as read, but you’ll likely never come back to it.
Another issue is that many people read blogs while at work or school with content-filters. Feed readers are rarely blocked, but gaming sites are more likely to be.
A feed reader is usually very mobile friendly, but the mobile sites of various blogs aren’t always.
I understand that sites want their ad revenue and click-throughs, or to force you to see their pretty theme, but it is a huge deterrent to readers. I know a lot of people who won’t even subscribe to a blog with truncated feeds. Alienating readers is not a good way to garner traffic. The reality is, if someone actually reads your full content they are more likely to want to click-through and participate in discussion.
I finally found a solution that I’m really surprised never occurred to me before.
Full Text RSS Feed is a simple site that converts a truncated feed to a full one.
All you need to do is (1) grab the URL of your desired feed (2) paste it into the box and hit submit (3) copy the new link and add it to your feed reader (4) enjoy the satisfaction of having thwarted those that previously made your life more difficult. There are a bunch of other similar utilities out there as well, including this Chrome plugin, but Full Text RSS Feed met my needs the best.