Blog reading and “continued here”

As a blog reader as well as blog writer, I’m disturbed by a trend that seems to be more commonplace lately, the “continued here” trend. I’ll bet you’ve seen it too. The blog entry is comprised of two sentences or so (or even worse, just a teaser line) followed by “continued here” (or “more at” or something).

This is irritating because I’m subscribing to lots of blogs, nowadays, really too many to read continuously. So I’ll browse ’em, leave ’em in mail folders (using Newsgator) and attempt to actually read them on planes. Well, “continued here” doesn’t work without a network connection. Bummer. Was this invented for folks with short attention spans or (hopefully) just to get around limited bandwidth issues?

On a more constructive note, does anyone know how to make Newsgator (or any other blog reader) follow the “continued here”s and download them? I’m tempted to simply unsubscribe to these folks’ blogs. Or is there simply some way to turn “continued here” off on a subscription by subscription basis? I must be missing something.

5 thoughts on “Blog reading and “continued here”

  1. Some of the time people are trying reduce RSS feed size by keeping a large entry out of their RSS feed (drives up bandwidth costs for popular blogs). Most of the time though, people are trying to drive you to their page and boost their ad revenues. I know that Movable Type supports this feature, and I’m sure other engines do as well. Some blog engines may default to this for longer entries, but I’m not sure.

  2. Randy pretty much nails the issue on the head for me, Bob. When I do choose to "continue here," its a.) to not put a long post on the wire and b.) to see how many people are actually interested in it. Its not something I like to do frequently, just when appropriate… or if there’s a lot of inline code.

    Maybe we need to do "low bandwith/high bandwidth feeds."

  3. I normally only do this on my MSDN Weblog, since I still consider my SQLJunkies location the main weblog. So if the posting is long or may contain code or more personal opinions, I will put one or two of the main paragraphs onto the MSDN weblog and point to the SQLJunkies version. Note that people are free to subscribe to the SQLJunkies RSS feed where they get the full post.

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