On a blogger’s homepage, there are one of two things happening. Either it shows a list of full posts, or a list of summaries with a “read more” (or similar) option. I obviously use the latter in my blog.
I’m always surprised when I visit a blog that does the full posts option, as I prefer the summary option. Obviously, there is no right or wrong option – everyone does things differently and what works for someone might not work for someone else and vice versa.
Clearly, I prefer doing just the summaries. I can see the appeal for the full posts option, though. A reader might be scrolling through and skimming the content and actually read a post that they might have passed up if they only saw the title and excerpt.
However, I think summaries are the way to go and that’s why I use this option on my blog. I think the homepage looks nice and clean with an image and a small excerpt of what the post is and then the reader can click on the link to read the whole post if they so choose. I like this option because I find it is easier to find a post that interests the reader, as they can just quickly scroll through the posts. I actually get a bit annoyed when I visit a blog that does the full posts because I’m looking for a post that interests me, but I have to scroll waaaayyy down through all the full posts that I’m maybe not interested in reading, when I would prefer to just get a quick look at all the recent posts in order to find one I want to read. Please don’t be offended if you do the full posts, as this is merely my personal preference (and it’s not going to deter me from visiting your blog).
Share your story: Which option do you prefer and why? I’d love to know your thoughts, especially if you prefer the full posts option!