November 15, 2004

Pet peeve

I recently went back to bloglines as an RSS aggregator for all my blog reading needs (well, except for LJ. I haven't decided how deeply to dive into the LJ community.)

So bloglines shows me which of my blogs have new content I haven't read. I click on the name of the blog and all the posts are loaded into a pane in my browser. Most of the blogs I read have full-text feeds which makes me happy because I can read the whole thing without ever having to leave bloglines, but some just show an excerpt. This bugs me a little, but it's not that big a deal to click on the title of the post to open a separate window showing the content on the blogger's own site.

What bugs the heck out of me is when the individual entry archive at the blogger's site has no links to the next and previous posts in their timeline. So to catch up on all their new things I have to read a post, kill the window, go back to bloglines, click on the next post, read it, kill the window, go back to bloglines...

Yes, I need to get a life. But if you see what I mean and you're one of the people without next/previous links on your individual entry page, please consider updating your template to make your readers' reading experience more fluid.

Posted by jeffy at November 15, 2004 12:11 PM

I know just what you mean! I'm all for both full posts in RSS feeds, and links galore to get around.

Posted by: Katherine at November 15, 2004 02:02 PM

The importance of next and prev links was one of the most common pieces of feedback I used to give to beginning online journalers. It got me the nickname "Satan" in one case! I could see how it happened that journallers would omit these links, since the journal folks were usually doing the coding by hand back then, and didn't navigate their own journals the way a reader would. The guy who called me Satan did go back and add the next and prev links.

Posted by: Anita Rowland at November 15, 2004 02:59 PM