I’ve been getting questions from folks wondering why I switched Owlhaven to partial feeds. Blame it on doing taxes and listening to Dave Ramsey. John and I are on track to get our last bit of non-house debt (mostly braces and some random medical bills –last year was brutal!) paid off by June. After that we aim to attack the house hard and hope to compress the remaining 7 years of our home loan down to 3 or 4 years. Exciting.
But when I did our taxes this year, I ended up discouraged by my blogging income. Most months it doesn’t do more than fill up a gas tank and buy a book or two on amazon. Don’t get me wrong: that is a blessing, and I love writing here. But for my time investment? I’m pretty darned sure Dave Ramsey would tell me going back to work as an RN would be a better income boost. Even two shifts a month would beat my blogging income.
That train of thought is what led me to switch Owlhaven back to partial feeds. You see, every click that comes to my blog instead of reading content via google is a boost to ad revenue. (Another way to support my blog is to order things on amazon by clicking through to amazon from my site. Thanks, folks!! I really, really appreciate your support.)
Unfortunately enough folks have weighed in expressing unhappiness over partial feeds that I am wondering if it might be better to switch back to full feeds. So tricky to balance reader’s wishes for convenience with the desire to be compensated for my work.
One reader did suggest a way to keep the ease of google reader while still supporting favorite bloggers with actual visits. Google reader has cool goodie called the ‘Next‘ button. Added to your toolbar, you can scroll through all your blogs (or just a specific category on your google reader blogroll) actually VISITING every single site, simply by hitting ‘Next’ repeatedly.
Here’s how you do it.
1. Open your Google Reader and click on the ‘Settings’ button on the upper right-hand side of the page. It looks like a gear. Then click on ‘Reader Settings’.
I installed the button myself, have been using it for a couple days, and think it works pretty well. I’m currently subscribed to about 85 blogs, so we’ll see if the next button is something that I continue to find useful. I have to admit that partial feeds don’t bother me. But that’s probably because lots of the time I skim, and usually only read the whole post (either via the reader or the blog) if the first few lines really grabbed me.
Anyway, all this rambling is mostly to let you know that I’m still puzzling over the full feed versus partial feed dilemma. But I did want to explain my reasoning behind the switch, and also to let you know that I appreciate every minute you spend here with me. My aim, always, is to make my content enlightening, encouraging, inspiring, and in every way worth your precious time.