This probably isn’t of great interest, but several people did use the poll to give feedback about their preferences for the front page so here are the results. I’ve excluded my own real vote, and the vote I did to test the Other option. Five votes is hardly a statistically significant sample, but never mind. It tells me what five people thought, at least.
What would you prefer
|Full posts, all the time||3|
|Full posts only if short||1|
So I’ll do what I originally thought: show full posts, but maybe very occasionally just an introduction if the post is a particularly specialist one or if I’m keen to keep an earlier one easily visible.
The one person who voted Other asked to see recent comments—meaning, I think, the actual text of comments left on the blog, as opposed to just a list of who’s commented. But I haven’t managed to find any way to do that, so if you know of one, please let me know.
You had my vote! I always thought that full posts was best–it’s all about efficiency for me, and the click that I’m NOT using to expand an excerpted post is worth it!
Keep it up! I love reading your posts!
Thanks Andy! Because I write about such diverse subjects, I always wonder about the people who might be interested in what I wrote about two or three posts ago but aren’t interested in the current post—for them, exerpts might be more efficient by letting them quickly find the posts that interest them.
But I think you’re right. If I visit a blog and the latest post doesn’t appeal, I look around to see earlier titles or subject areas, and in that situation the most efficient thing is a list of posts or categories in the margin—which I’ve got. So I’ll leave it as it is.
Exactly! You have the ‘Recent XYZ’ sections in your sidebar to show those who might not be as interested in your most recent post that you write on a diverse set of subjects! I think this is the best way to do it!