Book (Blogging) Pet Peeves is a feature where I do a mini-rant about book blogging things that annoy me. Feel free to join in!
I’m a blog skimmer. I’m more than happy to admit it. I follow quite a few blogs so it’s tough to read everything. I’ve found skimming over blog posts to be pretty effect for finding the posts that I want to read completely. This especially goes for new blogs. I do enjoy skimming through a new-to-me blog and looking at what the blogger writes. I’ve noticed quite a few bloggers not utilizing the ‘read more’ tag on their posts. For those who don’t know, the ‘read more’ tag simply allows for a break in a blog post. The reader can see as much as the blogger wants and then needs to click the ‘continue reading’ link to continue reading the post.
As a reader, I like it because it makes it easier for me to skim through blog pages. I see enough of a blog post to determine if I want to read the post and I don’t have to roll past paragraphs and paragraphs per post. For those bloggers who don’t have massive posts, it’s not huge inconvenience if they don’t use the read more tag.
However for those bloggers who do write a lot (which is awesome!), longer posts can be a bit unwieldy especially if there are many long posts on the blog. It’s also handy when encountering a book review for something I haven’t read. I can skim past the post and not spoil myself. (That’s why I do my ‘read more’ right before my review starts.) As a blogger, I love it because it makes the blog look a lot neater. It also gives me a better idea of what people enjoy because I can see page views if they ‘read more’.
What are your thoughts on the subject?