I have posted before that I use Google Reader to read the blogs that I enjoy reading on a regular basis. I love that I can read what you have written and not have to go from URL to URL looking for your latest post.
It frustrates me when I get to a certain blog article in Google Reader and can only read about 5 or 6 lines of text before I have to click to that blog’s URL to read the rest. Does that bother you as well?
Why do people set their blog up to do that? Because they WANT you to see all the nifty content on their blog’s full page. All the decorations, background images, buttons, etc. do not show up on a blog reader. Another reason why they do that is because they have monetized their blog so it helps them make money. If you don’t go to their actual URL, they miss out on any profit they might make from you.
I enjoy reading blogs… and from time to time I DO visit the actual URL to see what your full page looks like. And yes, I do have links to Amazon.com on my own blogs, but I would rather have you read what I wrote on a blog reader than not read it at all, which is why I don’t make you click to the full article after you read 5 or 6 lines of text.
Did you know that some people read blogs on their smart phone or other small devise? If you have your blog set up in the “short version,” it makes their life miserable when they read your blog.
I just deleted a couple of blogs from my own Google Reader for the reasons mentioned above.
Sorry for the rant… sometimes a thing just gets to you and you have to take a stand. To read a great article on making your blog reader more “user friendly,” visit Donna’s blog at What’s Past is Prologue.