I much prefer full-content blog feeds. I want to be able to use my feed reader to see what the article is. I can then delete it, flag it, or simply let it sit there until my attention comes back to where the feed sits in my blog collection. I also know that I can use full-text searching in my feed collection when I am looking for something I remember having noticed in the past.
I treat blogs as feeds into a compilation of clipped blog articles that is at my fingertips and with organization at my whim.
It takes very special circumstances (such as a blog on security issues) to have me willingly subscribe to a feed that has only titles and, at best, short summaries.
Blog pages, especially aggregation blogs, often defeat my quest for a full-content feed of an individual contributor whose topics align with my interests. The browser button that indicates a feed is available rarely provides the full-content feed that I am interested in, sometimes providing an empty feed. I have to search the page for other feed sources.
What I failed to notice is that, at least since Internet Explorer 8, the feed-presence button is a pull-down, and there are feeds available for matters that I had never noticed before (such as Bing search-result pages).
I have now found that (based on a very small sample), Atom feeds are more likely to provide full content than genuine RSS feeds, and when both are available, what is delivered can be different. I don’t know if this is a quiet agreement or happenstance. I certainly feel served, now that I know there may be more options than I thought.
It was particularly satisfying to discover this on encountering a blog that is about publishing and the world of digital publishing, including blogging. I was finding it ironic that the blog itself lacked a full-content feed. I’m delighted to learn that I simply didn’t know to seek further.
[I’ve promised myself to begin blogging regularly, perhaps daily. I find this level is an aid to unlocking my writing. Today though, I find I have been subscribing to blog feeds like crazy, not exactly a move in the right direction. I’m not clear why that just happened. It put me at 892 feeds being monitored with 3,892 unread articles. I think I may be in need of an intervention.]