Google Reader Question

>> Thursday, January 15, 2009

I started using Google Reader this summer and, for the most part, it's stellar. However, sometimes it shows complete posts with pictures and all, sometimes it shows text without pictures, and sometimes it shows only the first paragraph. I don't see a pattern in how this plays out -- blogger, typepad, specific domain name...they're all mixed up in how they get presented. Is there a way to fix this in Google Reader or is this a function of the blog settings themselves? If you know what's going on or have any suggestions, please comment and tell me. Thank you!

7 comments:

Rosa January 15, 2009 at 11:59 AM  

I think it has more to do with the blog. For example, on blogger, I can select whether my whole post shows, or just the first sentence or paragraph. It is more of a tool to get the reader to actually go to the site. This is especially so for bloggers who have their own sites and pay for bandwith. They really want you to visit because it costs more to put it in the full format on the feed readers. I hope this helps.

~Michelle~ January 15, 2009 at 12:26 PM  

I've noticed the same thing - I think it's the blog - you notice the deviation more when it's just someone's website rather than hosted thru a freebie service

Jackie Russell January 15, 2009 at 4:23 PM  

I noticed the same thing and can't figure it out either.

two hippos January 15, 2009 at 11:06 PM  

I'm glad to know I'm not the only one! It sounds like Rosa knows what she's talking about, so I'm going to assume her explanation is on target. Thank you!

Ginny January 16, 2009 at 9:00 PM  

It is the blog settings of the blog owner. I find it annoying myself as well :)

Fat Louie January 18, 2009 at 9:50 AM  

Rosa is right: you get to choose what shows up. I used to use the option of partial posts on feeds, since I really just wanted people to visit the site itself. RSS readers skimp on your design and content. I suspect other folk who choose that option are concerned about their hit count. I eventually decided that it was a good thing to have subscribers and switched over, but I can see why people do it the other way.

two hippos January 19, 2009 at 10:33 AM  

Thanks for all the clarification. I can understand why people want readers to click over to their blog and read it onsite, so to speak, and get the full effect. But I must confess that partial clips rarely make me click over unless it's a blog that I either already love or know that the graphic design matters. I believe this one is set to show up in full on a blog reader, but if it's not showing up as such, please let me know.

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