Please Bring Back Full Feeds At The Blog Herald

May 3, 2008

I’ve never once tried to interfere with my old site, The Blog Herald. I sold it and that was the end of the matter. It did well under Matt Craven and the folks who bought it from me, but a year later Splashpress bought it and turned it into a poor mans Problogger with little or no news and I completely stopped reading it. The site always did advice, even before Problogger, but it was an occasional special that complemented the core news function of the site, it was never meant to be the main source of content. The original motto (since dropped) was more blog news more often, and I always prided myself on being the first with news from the then new blogging world.

Fast forward to this year and some sanity has prevailed. I believe Thord Daniel Hedengren is editing the site now and I’ve always thought highly of him, and he’s bought back Matt Craven and David Krug. Suddenly The Blog Herald has become a decent read again (news wise…I still don’t like the self help stuff, but it’s not dominating anymore) and I re-subscribed to the RSS feed.

Then someone decided it would be smart to switch from a full feed to a part feed. [insert loud WTF here]

I know in years gone by that I took a side in favor of this, but I always looked at it from the publishers viewpoint, which in short is all about preventing your feed being scrapped, but I never really considered it from the user/ readers viewpoint. Put simply, to me today a part feed is as useless as tits on a bull. The jury has long since decided that full feeds are the way to go.

So here’s my little bleg: TDH or who ever made the decision, please go back to full feeds. I know the scraping sucks, but it sucks that your readers cant read all the content in a feed reader either. Just as the site was getting good again, you’re now turning people away, and that makes no sense at all.

8 responses to Please Bring Back Full Feeds At The Blog Herald

  1. Thanks for the kind words, Duncan, and I’m glad that you have re-subscribed to the feed. It should be full, not partial, and if that has stopped working then I’m guessing it’s an issue of a recent upgrade. We’ll look into it, with The Blog Herald’s current setup it’s a bit more of a hassle than just enabling it in WordPress I’m afraid.

    I completely share your sentiment on full feeds. They should be available, and then we’ll deal with the scrapers.

    Thanks again for the post!

  2. Thanks for the kind words 🙂

    Re: Feed – I’ve been asking for it as well..


  3. @thord,

    It’s the usage of the more> option in WP. There are plugins to adopt full feeds, even when the more option is used. 😉

  4. Duncan, what was the selling price of that Blog Herald site?

  5. @franky,

    Yes and no, in this case. We’re working on it. 🙂

  6. @lawrence

    To who? To us (when I was at blogmedia) or when we sold it to splashpress?

  7. @Matt,

    either…i just want to know the site stats, revenue, etc when it was sold

  8. Fixed now. For some reason I’ve had to dig into the WP core files to fix it. Just ticking the “full feed” option in the admin panel didn’t work. And yes – I’m the culprit. I switched to summary feeds sometime back, when scraping+trackbacks started to be a big headache (still is now).