Poll results are showing 70% in favor of full text. I'll be summarizing the conclusions and the comments later this week, but there is still time to chime in on this one.
Get your opinion in - see the link below! Polls closed - thanks for your participation!
From November 2, 2005:
I have a question for you, as a blog reader. On the blogs you read, which do you prefer:
- Full text articles posted all together on the home page of a blog, or
- Introductory text on the home page with a [read more] or [continue reading] link that takes you to another page to finish reading an article?
Unless I have a very long post, I tend to take the "full text" approach on my site. I do this due to my own preference: I use SharpReader to suck down my blog feeds so I can read them offline on planes, etc. I am annoyed when I am reading an article where I must click to [continue reading] but have no internet connectivity.
Seems like there are a couple of reasons to break a story to another page:
- it keeps the home page of your blog cleaner and allows people to more easily scan the home page for articles
- creates more "page views" which boosts traffic and creates more opportunities to show ads to the reader
And if anyone knows of a better (and free) way to do surveys with TypePad, please drop me a line!