Input needed on Changes to the Blog

As you may have noticed I’ve changed the blog’s status to over-18 so you now have to get through that extra warning page. I’ve done this since many of you have commented on how you like to read my guests’ excerpts.  But given that many of my guests write erotica and provide explicit excerpts I felt it best to make sure you’re warned in advance.

I’ve also just realized Blogger has the ability to provide a “read more” split, so I can put excerpts “beneath the fold” so to speak.

Please let me know in the comments section what your preferences are regarding the excerpts – do you like them? Or would you prefer a link?

Do you want the whole article in one piece, or would you prefer the post to just have the top part shown with a “read more” click required before the excerpt?

I won’t know what you like–or don’t like–unless you tell me.

7 thoughts on “Input needed on Changes to the Blog

  1. Hi Leah!

    I love excerpts, but I also do most of my blog reading at work, where spicy excerpts=getting fired. A link to the excerpt would be great, and I usually leave posts like that marked unread in my reader so I know to go back to them later.

  2. Hi Leah,
    I don't mind the content warning. I use it for my own blog for the very same reasons.

    I also don't mind the excerpt in the post as long as it isn't too long. If it is more lengthy I prefer to have a link as long as the link opens to a new window and doesn't redirect the current post I am reading…especially if the excerpt is in the middle of the post. I hate that.

    Another thing I hate…is the "read more" links. I use Google Reader to read a lot of the blogs that I follow and I tend to never go back and read the full post. Last year when cleaning out my reader I ended up deleting a lot of the blogs that did that. I didn't like having to click through to read the entire post, it just annoyed me…if I even took the time to go that far. Yes by not using the read more you run the risk of having not as many comments, but I think you run a bigger risk of not having as many readers which is really the point.

  3. Lori–NSFW excerpts mean a link is better. Thanks, I hadn't thought of people reading the blogs at work.

    Booklover – links opening in a new window — unfortunately blogger links click to the new page, not as an alternate page as their standard. I always just right click on links and choose "open in new tab". If you know how I can force my links to do that automatically, could you share your secret? (Coding is not my forte) And right on the being bugged by posts that are cut off in Google Reader-I'm the same way, that's why I thought I'd better ask.

  4. I don't like posts cut off in Google Reader either…I tend not to read the entire post.

    I use the right click; open in new tab too when clicking on a link. So using links for excerpts wouldn't bother me…although I do like everything in one post…however, I hadn't thought about people reading the posts at work either.

  5. I prefer whole article in one piece. I agree with Kara I read most blogs on google reader and when they don't show all the post I tend to forget to go check them out later.

    I love your blog. I don't mind having to go through the extra warning page.

  6. NSFW links are good. But I read your blog in my reader, where cuts are not shown. If that makes sense. If you put a cut/or jump (depending on what you call it), in my reader, it just shows everything.

    I am agreeable to anything :D

  7. The content warning doesn't bother me.I love the excerpts and too like the article to be in one piece.

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