277th Friday Blog Roundup
BlogHer had a good post this week on publishing full or partial feeds. I obviously publish a partial feed now. Posting a full feed wasn’t a problem for the first few years of this blog, back when the blogroll was small and traffic was under 1000 visitors per day. I posted a full feed because I know it’s more convenient for those who use a feed aggregator to read blogs. Hell, I prefer full feeds–they are certainly easier.
About two years ago, spammers started to lift posts from my blog using the full rss feed. In other words, I’d post on Stirrup Queens, and because people had set up my feed to run on a spam blog, it would appear there too. Annoying, right? Except it turned into a larger problem, namely, that if someone searched for “endometrial biopsy” in Google, the first page showed Stirrup Queens and a bunch of spam blogs. Making the informative post that Carolyn wrote look less legitimate because it was appearing here and on spam blogs, and also pushing any real blogs off the front page of Google, so no one could find your post about your endometrial biopsy.
But this wasn’t the only problem–I link to people a lot, both through the weekly Roundup and random posts. The entire LFCA is a flow of links out to other blogs. And the blogs I was linking to were also getting picked up by the spammers. Which is why you may notice that I try not to link to external blogs in my first paragraph, the one that shows up in the feed. That way, I protect your blog as I protect mine.
So, that’s the reason why I have a super annoying partial feed, a solution that I picked up at BlogHer. And I am grateful that you still read me with this pain-in-the-assiness between us, but it has curbed a lot of the spammers because they’re just not as interested in partial feeds (which is not to say that the partial feed doesn’t show up places too, but you now need to get to the 4th page in a Google search to see them). And it helps keep the useful information that appears in posts such as Operation Heads Up useful.
I know there are some people who emphatically state that they won’t read blogs that publish a partial feed, and that’s totally within their right. I personally don’t care whether the person publishes a full feed or a partial feed, though I have to admit that I rarely read a blog post if I can’t see the first few lines (as in, only the title or a quote from the middle of the post is published in the feed) mostly because it feels like wasted time. I don’t mind starting to read the post in the Reader and then continuing on the blog, but I hate reading a summary of what I’m about to read. See, we all have our little preferences. And I also prefer cooking blogs to truncate their feeds. I have one that I read and if I want to skip to the next post because I don’t like the recipe, I have to scroll through 30 pictures to get to the next post.
Weebles Wobblog has opened up her annual limerick contest and these are my submissions (post your own entries on your blog and enter by March 1st):
There once was a Dragondreamer
Who was quite the post weaver
She contemplated UFOs
And crocheted hats with bows
And nothing ever seemed to peeve her.
Lindsay, obsessed with her Greys
Could sit on the sofa for days
And stare at McDreamy
Without getting screamy
Though Patrick makes it hard to behave
I wish I could enter more than two because I think these will really make my MFA program proud that they gave me that degree.
The Weekly What If: what if you had a monitor in your house that could tell you as you woke up whether you would have a good day or a bad day before you ever left the house (it has been programmed to know your view of “good” or “bad” so you would always agree with the machine by the end of the day). Would you want to know? Would it be worse to know you are going to have a crap day and have to get through it or would it be better to know that it’s going to be terrible and not deal with anxiety all day?
The food store was sold out of our usual brand of chips–Route 11 potato chips–so I went to buy a bag of Kettle Chips, knowing that they’re pretty similar and saw that they were now making a baked version. I’m usually not a fan of baked chips simply because they don’t look like they are made out of potatoes. But something told me that it would be a good idea to buy a bag.
Holy McShittersteins, these were the best fucking chips I have ever had.
I got the salt and vinegar ones, which were so insanely good, I could have finished the whole bag standing up in the kitchen. They look like real slices of potato–like a normal chip–as opposed to the baked ones I’ve had before that look like freeze dried…something. My only complaint is that there is no sour cream and chive flavour in the baked version. The lesson learned is that impulse purchases can sometimes be a very good thing.
And now, the blogs…
Holy Moly Toledo(s)! has a post about a radio show discussing Nadya Suleman. Balancing both sides of the issue, Soo.See points out that there are no free rides when judging another person. That attempting to reach parenthood in one person isn’t noble and foolish in another. Because like so many other things, it’s a slippery slope once we start judging another person’s decisions. I like this post because it neither condemns nor celebrates Suleman, but instead simply asks people to think before throwing stones.
Four of a Kind has a post about being finished with having children. Once they receives news about the chance of having another child with the same medical conditions as Molly, they make a soft decision to end family building, but she states: “That said, it is one thing to come to that decision on our own and felt very different to me last week when I was under the impression that someone else, the Pediatric Geneticist, was discouraging us from going down that road again.” I love the end of the post, bringing together the concept of the alpha and the omega. It’s just a gorgeous read.
Dreaming of Quiet Places has two letters that she needs to write (and not send) to her ex-husband; one stating the things she misses about him and one to vent her anger. It is a powerful post, dissecting the ending of a marriage, yanking up memories from deep wells of hurt. It is cathartic to read on her behalf; I can’t imagine how cathartic it was to write it and get it out of her head and heart.
Lastly, IF Optimist, then… has a post about the overwhelming fears she has during pregnancy. She admits, “Now I feel their presence, they are tangible in a new way that my heart cannot describe. The thought of losing it all fills me with dread.” It is the last paragraph that speaks so loudly to me, that is familiar and makes my heart race just from the memory of it. And my only advice, since she asks for it, is through it. Is just wading through and feeling what you need to feel. Because denying those feelings don’t make them disappear. So talk them out, writes them out, and watch the clock if it brings even a minute of comfort.
The roundup to the Roundup: why I have a partial feed. Limericks! Answer the Weekly What If. I love baked Kettle Chips. And lots of great blog posts to read.