Partial entry display

Posted Jun 01, 2004 in si-blog.

I have noticed a growing trend in weblogs recently. Blog home pages often only display the first paragraph (or a summary) of an entry, and follow that with a continue reading this... link, or similar. The link points to the permanent (and often commented) entry.

I've never really been a fan of this approach; however, I can see the advantage of it - a blog home page can display more recent posts "above the fold" with this method.

I need to decide whether or not to adopt this approach for the new version of this blog. I am inclined not to, but I would like to hear from the si-blog readership before committing to one way or the other.


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    My $.02:

    I think it's just a matter of personal preference, but I happen to dislike this myself. I usually read weblogs through a browser, with my panel set up as a Mozilla Firefox sidebar. (I can't stand newsreaders because of their bugginess and the fact that they don't show the site's visual design.) Since I usually click through each site on the sidebar and read it in the main Firefox window, it is just an additional aggravation to have to click again to read the full text. However, I can understand why some might want this option. If there's enough demand, you might want to think about making it an option to switch preferences. But otherwise, I just personally like having the full post without additional clicks.

    Posted by Basil Crow on Jun 01, 2004.

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    I would use a separate (DB) field for a summary, which you can use on pages like /archives/2004/05 as well.

    Posted by Anne on Jun 01, 2004.

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    Another option would be to have a function that only shows the first x number of characters of a post.

    You could set the 'x' arbitrarily for each post, allowing you to trail off where needed.

    We have this function but I've only used it once, I think.

    We also have what Anne described, but the summary for us is more meta-data than an intro or teaser.

    Posted by Mike P. on Jun 02, 2004.

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    I have an "abstract" column, which I use in my feeds. I think I prefer to have full posts on the whole, but I can see a scenario where a really long post might need breaking up. I'll have to think about that some more.

    Posted by Simon Jessey on Jun 02, 2004.