8.02.2011

Talk about it Tuesday–Truncated Posts

Talk about it Tuesday

How do you guys feel about Truncated Posts?

Note: (just because I didn’t know the “official” name) Truncated posts are when you read a few sentences and then you have to click on a link that takes you to the posts page to finish reading the post.

I have been thinking about doing it here on my blog – I sort of like the look of having the posts a little bit smaller and being able to see more of them on the home page – but does it get annoying to have to “click here to read more?”

Sometimes when I post a tutorial and it feels like it runs on and on and on and on – I think I should truncate it.
But I hesitate not too because I don’t know if people like to click to go inside to the post or if they like scrolling forever to see everything on the homepage.

What do you guys think? Like it, hate it, don’t care – are you already doing it? Have you been thinking about it?

Let’s Discuss…

19 comments:

Brendajos said...

I love and hate it. I used to hate it a lot and would never click through to see the rest of the post. One day I came to realize that I only hate the ones that don't include a picture or any real indication of what I am finding when I click. Moda Bakeshop is a good one. There is almost nothing to indicate what the post is about most times. I always just scan right passed them unless there is something that jumps out at me from the text to get me to click. That being said... I have found that it I do mutter to myself a bit when there are LOTS of pictures in the post too. I would rather have that than no pictures though. Soooo... At least one picture to show me what the project is or recipe or story or whatever. After that... I am really open either way. No pictures it really needs to be a good title to even get me to read the truncated post and then the truncated post has to be really good to get me to click. And really... who needs that kind of pressure? ;-)

MrsTerri said...

I really like the way you do your blog right now. I enjoy having a cup of coffee and reading in the morning before I go to work. Thanks for putting so much thought in what you do!

Lyn said...

I don't like them. It depends on how much time I have and what kind of mood I'm in whether or not I'm going to click and wait to read more. Usually, I don't.

Kristie said...

Usually not a fan, because I want to surf on other things on the main page. If the post is going to take the entire page, why not? That would be useful. Also, I agree with what someone else said. If you do it, put a picture or describe the project so I know what I am clicking on.
Otherwise, I love your blog the way it is!

Amy at Ameroonie Designs said...

I like truncated posts for older posts. I like having the most recent post full view but after that I like having more of the recent posts on one page. I need to start doing this with my blog, but I haven't yet.
xoxo,
Amy

Stacy said...

I am not a huge fan. I compromised when I switched to wordpress. I have 3 full posts and then the posts at the bottom are truncated. That seems to be okay. I agree with the first lady. As long as there is a picture to go with the truncated post I am okay.

P.S. I wan to see your family pic! I noticed you profile pic changed on twitter with your purple and yellow. I want to see the rest :)

Kari-Anne said...

Honestly, I am not a huge fan of truncated posts. I read all of my blogs from my Google Reader because it is all in one place. If I have to click to read more then this leads me to an outside website. It is not just that I don't want to click a link to read more, there is also the huge possibility that the original blog may be blocked at my work. During my breaks, I enjoy catching up on blogs, so it'd be a bummer to not be able to read a full post. :-(

Tiffany said...

Thanks for posting this -- and thanks to those who have responded. I've been pondering this with my blog and have recently started truncating posts. I am now going to stop since I can see people aren't fans.

Tiffany @ the nest effect

www.thenesteffect.com

Samantha said...

Hate truncated posts as I'm a lazy reader. I scroll through posts in my google reader and speed read unless something particular catches my eye in which case I go back and read the whole thing. I usually can't be bothered to click through to truncated posts to read the whole thing. It sounds harsh but at least I'm honest :)

SoSarahSews said...

Boo for truncated posts! :P
I prefer not to, but it hasn't stopped me from reading the blogs I like.

Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy said...

HATE them. I totally have quit reading any blog that has them on the first 2-3 posts (anything after that is totally fine and doesn't bother me at all). It feels like they are just trying to get more click throughs and seo hits, not actually for the reader. But hey, that's just me!

Lynn Osborne said...

HATE them big time. If I am not interested in the long post, I just use a shortcut key to jump to the next one. "N" in google reader or the right arrow in Feedler.

Amanda K @ Every Creative Endeavor said...

Oh my goodness! When I clicked over to see my blog and see the responses I was surprised that I had so many already! Thank you! Thank you! and thank you so much for your honest opinions - and for the sweet compliments - you guys are the best!

I see some other blogs doing it - and I agree with those of you who said they do it for the clicks - but at the same time I just felt like it made the page look nicer and cleaner - but at the same time I work really hard to keep my post looking nice and clean - =) so I can see that it is a vicious circle - haha! I do like the idea of having the the first few as the long posts and the last couple truncated but then reading through the comments I wonder if maybe the first picture I post wouldn't grab someones eye but maybe a picture that was hidden would have?

Thanks for all the great comments - keep them coming!

Kara said...

I agree with most of the other commenters. I think the most recent posts (especially the latest one), should be in full view. I don't like having to keep clicking so read, so I just stop visiting.
I also agree with Ashlee-- when a blog owner truncates their latest post, I feel like they don't care about readers, they are only in it for the clicks. And that is a huge turn off for me.

Sharon Pernes said...

I like seeing the whole post when I first look at it. For some reason my (new) computer is acting up and having to click another link just adds time to the process. Just my 2 cents.

Vicki ~ The Green Eyed Girl said...

I have to admit... I don't like it either. In fact I have been taking those that have done so off if my "lists" of people to visit... I hate clicking and clicking. I would rather just scroll on through. I think your blog is perfect! Vic

Tina said...

Hate them! I read most blogs in a reader and won't read the post if it is truncated. I rarely will click to continue if it is on a blog even. I just hate it.

niki said...

i hate it. i never click to read more. i've taken those blogs off my google reader.

Michelle J. said...

I HATE it, but I have to say that I don't mind the way Ashley at Make It and Love It does it. She gives you a whole post, and then you can click "read more" for the tutorial on what she did. I feel like I'm not missing out on anything, and I don't have to see a ton of pictures if I'm not interested.

Although it might look cleaner, I hate that places like Tip Junkie don't even give you a full post. I shouldn't have to keep clicking if I visit the site regularly and there's only one new post.

Thanks for asking--sorry I gave an earful!

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