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Hi! First of all, thanks for being patient during the redesign and relaunch! You were very helpful in keeping me informed about how things were going on your end. 

With the relaunch, I decided to truncate my feed burner feed. I could spend a great deal of time explaining why, but the main points were to protect my content and encourage reading on the site given the investment of the new pretty design. 

Reading a blog via a feedburner is like kind of like going through the drive-thru at a coffee shop. Are you getting the same thing through the drive-thru window that you are when you enter the shop? Sure. Are you getting the same experience? Not quite. 

I received a bit of kickback from readers that were disappointed to see the truncated feed, and I get it. Convenience ranks high on my list as well! 

I’m going to return to full posts on feed readers for the time being while I do a bit more research on what’s best for my blog. You are important to me and I do value your opinion. 

I hope you “come in the shop” every once in awhile to engage, but more than that–I want to say thanks for reading. There are a lot of blogs out there, and it means a lot to me that you take the time to read mine.

 

P.s. I’d love to see your face next to comments you leave! Read this to learn how!

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Kristin S says · 05.02.14

Oh, sigh. You can’t make everyone happy.

While I follow a few hundred (yes) blogs on feedly, I have about 25 I save to the end of the day and actually click on and read off the reader and on the actual page. True confessions. Yours is one. Your site is always calming visually and the redesign still is. It’s a joy to “click” and read and only takes a few extra seconds.

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Kate says · 05.02.14

thanks Kristin–that means a lot!

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Maria says · 05.02.14

I like the new design, but it is very hard to read on my phone (where I do the majority of my blog reading).

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Kate says · 05.02.14

pursuing mobile site options 🙂

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Faith W. says · 05.02.14

That would be great. 🙂 I don’t mind clicking off feedly to visit your blog off but it is much harder to read on my phone than it used to be for some reason. Really love your new site design though! Especially on my iPad or desktop- I’ve already re-watched many hair tutorials!

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Old but cute says · 05.02.14

Me too – that’s why I use Feedly – my eyes aren’t what they used to be !

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April B. says · 05.02.14

Love your new design and while I was a little bummed with the truncated feeds, I was still clicking over for what it’s worth, but your blog is one of my faves. I unsubscribed from some when they went to that type of feed just because I didn’t have time to read everything and they were low hanging fruit.
Hope you have a great day!

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Kate says · 05.02.14

thanks April!

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Rachel says · 05.02.14

I love the convenience of BlogLovin when I’m checking out new blogs, but I also love to actually go to the blog and check out the other content the blogger has. For the few blogs that I absolutely have to read everyday, like your’s, I always head to the site directly. I love the redesign and I love checking in with you everyday!

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Kate says · 05.02.14

Thanks!!

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Allison says · 05.02.14

For what it’s worth, while I do usually read your blog through a feed reader, yours is one in which I regularly visit the actual website as well. Because you offer valuable posts that I will want to reference later (e.g., deciding on a new skin product or deciding how to wear my hair for an upcoming event), I am able to experience the website when I am looking for something specific. For this reason, I am excited about the redesign.

So, while I enjoy reading your stories about your life, those aren’t necessarily posts that are enhanced by a particular “look” of the site, and I think are fine for reading through a feed reader. That said, I will absolutely continue to read even if it means clicking over to the website.

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Kate says · 05.02.14

Thanks Allison!

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Rachel R. says · 05.02.14

I will confess, I’m MUCH less likely to read blogs that have truncated feeds. I subscribe through Feedly, and found that I usually just don’t read blogs that are truncated – I’ll glance at the title, and unless it’s something that really grabs my eye, click read and move on. Whereas if the full feed is in my reader, I’ll read it even if it doesn’t appear, at first glance, to be something I’d be interested in. My two cents. 🙂

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Robin says · 05.02.14

I agree; I rarely click over from truncated feeds. You’d think it would be the opposite but I will go to the actual site if it is a full feed. Something about the truncated ones just aggravate me – and I usually end up deleting those blogs off my Feedly completely. I don’t mean to sound negative about it, but that’s just the way it tends to work out for me.

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Lynnetta says · 05.02.14

Me too. I read the long list of blogs that I follow through Feedly. I do click over to the actual blog from time to time to read/post a comment, or when a video doesn’t show up in the feed correctly. I end up either skipping truncated blogs or deleting them from my Feedly. Without having a blog reader, I’d forget which blogs I follow. I love having everything in one place.

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Nicole says · 05.02.14

Exact same way! Please don’t go to truncated! I so tend to click over when there is a giveaway or a video that won’t load, and I follow on Instagram, but rarely return to blogs once they have truncated

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Angela says · 05.02.14

Ditto. I remove truncated blogs. That is just the way it goes.

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Janessa says · 05.04.14

I usually remove blogs that have gone to truncated feeds too. I like to see the whole post in feedly and often I still click over to the full website to comment or pin something

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Brandi says · 05.02.14

I agree with this completely. While I do very much enjoy reading your blog, I won’t click over from a truncated post. I actually removed it from my feedly this morning (I followed this through from Facebook because I was hoping you were addressing why you truncated posts). While I’d love to say I’ll continue reading your blog by going directly to your site, I have to admit that I likely won’t.

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Kim says · 05.02.14

I don’t mind clicking through at all, except for the pop up ads on WordPress. I’m guessing that’s out of your control but I’m hoping it can be fixed! This is a mobile issue.

I understand the need/desire for people to click through and read on the actual site. Thank you very much for being open and engaging your readers. You’re the best. 🙂

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Tiana Smith says · 05.02.14

Thank you for considering the full feed! I use Feedly, which is helpful for the convenience, plus I can still Pin things directly from there. I do still visit, especially for tutorials. If you did get a mobile option, clicking over wouldn’t be a huge deal, but I do REALLY love the full feed even then. Thanks Kate!

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Kate says · 05.02.14

Thanks Tiana! looking into the mobile option as we speak (or, as I type!)

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Bretlynn says · 05.02.14

I like the new design I don’t really care about being able to read it on feeder sites because I’m not a fan of the sites, I prefer to go to your actual website, however a mobile option would be very great!

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Kate says · 05.02.14

I’m pursuing a mobile option! Thanks!

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Meredith says · 05.02.14

I love Bloglovin’ to follow my favorites. The only way I read a full post is my clicking to the actual blog. It takes time, but I get the whole picture by seeing the full layout in colors. I unfollow blogs that do not have a pretty design that keeps me interested. I’m loving your new design!

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Kate says · 05.02.14

thank you!

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Kristin says · 05.02.14

Love the new blog!!! It’s beautiful!

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Kathryn says · 05.02.14

I have been following your blog for years, and I love the new look! So fresh, easy, and clean!

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Kate says · 05.02.14

thanks!!

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Pamela Brightman says · 05.02.14

I like the convenience of browsing the blogs in Feedly when I am on my phone not near a computer. This way I can see if there is something that really interests me that I want to see on the full site or not today. I do go out to your site – a lot. I actually prefer to go the sites on the computer bookmark by bookmark. I guess I’m old school. Or just old. And there’s something about teaching old dogs new tricks. I would like to be able to quick peruse on Feedly still but I’ll still kick it old school if I have to.

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Bri @ Posh Purpose says · 05.02.14

The new look is great! I don’t care for truncated posts simply because sometimes I like to read my blogs on the Bloglovin’ app instead of getting out my laptop. That being said, I do read your blog about 60% of the time on my laptop so I do get the full experience. Thanks for taking your readers opinions into account!

I love reading your blog, mostly for your happy/upbeat/still realistic attitude. You are a wonderful example of how a Christian woman can represent herself online. I also like your style 😉

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Kate says · 05.02.14

Thanks Bri!

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Aida says · 05.02.14

Thanks for going back to full posts on the feeds.

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Emily says · 05.02.14

I follow you in bloglovin’ and tho I don’t mind clicking through to see your whole post, what’s kept me from reading the last few is that it’s so tiny one iPhone that I literally can’t read it! I’ve tried viewing it by turning my phone on its side but that didn’t work either. I do love your blog I just thought I’d let you know!

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Kate says · 05.02.14

Working on a mobile site! 🙂 Thanks!

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Jen says · 05.02.14

I actually use bloglovin for my feed so I never noticed a difference because bloglovin has you click over to the site anyway. I’ve been using bloglovin ever since Google reader stopped and I love it!

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Elise says · 05.02.14

I don’t mind clicking over at all. A blogger I follow explained that when she didn’t truncate her content on feeds it was actually lifted and stolen onto someone else’s blog, hence the reason for truncating. Your blog is your work and I don’t mind one extra click if that means it is protected 🙂 plus it makes me actually take time and focus more instead of being in such a rush to read all my blogs at once, now I carve out time for me to enjoy them 🙂 Love the redesign too!

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Kate says · 05.02.14

I appreciate that you understand that aspect. Thanks for your support!

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Rebecca says · 05.02.14

Thank you for going back to full feed! I completely understand your reasoning, but I’m so happy you are doing it!

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Jamie says · 05.02.14

I’m coming out of my normal state as lurker to say THANK YOU for going back to the full feed! I follow a lot of blogs in my RSS reader, and while my particular reader allows me to read in “full site” mode, I really like to not have to do that when necessary.
And now I’ll go back to lurking, but in the meantime, awesome blog and David is so damn CUTE!! 😉

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Kate says · 05.02.14

Thanks! 🙂

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MUALindsay says · 05.02.14

Since I follow almost 50 blogs, Feedly is the only way to keep track of them all. I am annoyed when people truncate the feeds. I don’t really have a reason to go to the full blog. The only time I do is to look up an old post, or to be nosy and read the comments. What am I missing by rarely visiting the actual website?

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Rebecca says · 05.02.14

Thank you for putting the full posts back up. I usually won’t click over to the website if a post is truncated simply because our internet connection isn’t the greatest and some sites take too long to load. I do enjoy your posts though and think your new website looks great.

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Sarah says · 05.02.14

I’ve been reading your blog for about 2 years now and recently started reading it via Feedly. I was a bit bummed when I saw that you had truncated the posts for those readers, but I was more than willing to head over to your main page to see the full posts. Loving the new design as well!

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Kate says · 05.02.14

Thank you!

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luanne says · 05.02.14

Love the new look! And your head shot turned out great! 🙂

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AliciaTX says · 05.02.14

Thank you for returning back to full posts in the feed reader. As someone who reads 100+ blogs (for both work and for fun), I definitely do a drive thru for many of them, I also click over when I want to see more information.

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Sarah says · 05.02.14

I agree! Love your new site design & since bloggers put so much effort into it – I love reading their blog directly on their sites because it also gives me a glimpse into their style! Can’t wait to keep reading 🙂

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Kate says · 05.02.14

That’s how I feel too–thanks!

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Allison says · 05.02.14

First off, welcome to WordPress!

Secondly, you are so right that you don’t get the same experience reading blogs from a feed. The blogs I love (including yours) are bookmarked. As I sit down with my Peanut Butter Cheerios, I also click on those bookmarks, one by one. Your blog design is an extension of you, and hey, you love it, so why not force people to see it too?! It’s like asking, “Do you like my new haircut, color, and style?”

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Kate says · 05.02.14

well thanks! 🙂

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Heather B. says · 05.02.14

Another one here that reads blogs thru Feedly, and I prefer not to have to click over to the actual blog to read the content. I read blogs for the content – not for the design of the website, I’m perfectly satisfied with the “drive thru” experience, and have no interest in the “ambience” inside the store, to use your metaphor. I was actually bummed when I clicked on the one truncated post, because my first thought was ‘bummer, won’t be reading this blog anymore.’ I just follow too many blogs to click thru…

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Miranda says · 05.02.14

I love your site and I love full feeds. But I’d still always click over if you stayed on partial feeds. I agree with others though; the mobile version of your site would be wonderful.

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Kate says · 05.02.14

Looking into a mobile version!

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Tabitha says · 05.02.14

I use bloglovin but I always click on the blog title and a new tab open with the actual blog. It makes total sense that you want people to come to your actual blog when you spent money designing and creating new features.

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Kate says · 05.02.14

Thanks for understanding-that means a lot

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Anne says · 05.02.14

I love your blog. It is the only beauty blog I read. Sadly, I don’t read any blogs that I can’t read in a feeder. I just don’t have time to “pop in the store.”

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Emma P. says · 05.02.14

Now you can see my face 🙂 I love new & fresh look. I will always ‘pop-in” and take a look!

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Kristin says · 05.02.14

I always go directly to your site anyhow…I like it that way best!

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staceys says · 05.02.14

Thank you for going back to full feed!!
I read from Feedly and 80% of the time I catch up on my blog reading while I am nursing my infant or rocking a toddler to sleep or when a laptop is not convenient. I do keep the posts unread that have something really interesting I want to delve more into and then catch up on those (or reread) from the laptop. Especially if I am following a tutorial, etc. Thank you for swapping back!

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Molly says · 05.02.14

Maybe I’m not completely understanding the differences between the different types of feed, but I have zero issues with clicking one button to read a full post. That’s what this all boils down to, right? My comment is not intended to be mean spirited in anyway; I simply do not understand what all the fuss is over. I do agree that the new site is not as easy to read on mobile, but I love this blog so much, I’ll hop on the computer to check out what Kate has to say:-) The redesign is so crisp and calming; you did a great job Kate!

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Kate says · 05.02.14

Thanks Molly! I’m looking into a mobile site option!

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Old but cute says · 05.02.14

I think it depends on how many blogs you read. When I just read a few I wouldn’t have minded, in fact, I had Kate’s blog book marked and just checked every couple of days for new things. But now that I subscribe to 50 or more blogs, some of which have multiple posts a day – I use a reader. If I can’t flip through the pages on the bus commute or my lunch hour. If I have to click and waiting for a page to load while I’m paying for data- I skip it.

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Megan says · 05.02.14

I LOVE the redesign. It’s so clean and easy to read!!
p.s. I loved scrolling through Instagram and spotting you via a post from Birchbox! I was like “Heyyy I know her!”

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Kate says · 05.02.14

I was so surprised to see that. Love Birchbox!

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Melody says · 05.02.14

Love your blog. I just wanted to see if this gravatar works.

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Kate says · 05.02.14

looks good 🙂

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Mandy S. says · 05.02.14

I read on Bloglovin’ which truncates all posts, so I have to click to read either way, and the best part is I still see your whole site…so is bloglovin’ redirecting to you or does it work another way? I guess the real question is this: are you getting traffic from Bloglovin’ or does it not register that way at all?

Love the site, love you!

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Theresa B says · 05.02.14

Thank you for this explanation post. I do use Feedly on my phone for reading “on the go”, usually if I’m stuck waiting somewhere, because it’s easiest to have all the blogs I read in one place and Feedly works better than my phone’s browser. I also use my phone if I’m work on break or lunch, because where I work blocks the pics and videos. But if I’m home, I view the actual site. I appreciate you trying to appease us RSS users but I understand why bloggers want to have readers go to their actual site. I was hoping to offer a little insight why some of us feel the need to use the RSS feeds.

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Theresa B says · 05.02.14

One more thing… the nice thing about the RSS feeds is I can tell with a quick glance of my widget when there is new content to read. Otherwise, I’d have to visit each individual website to see if they happened to post something new or not. I follow too many sites to do that. And I realized after my first post that when I do visit the blogs on their actual site from home, it is because I saw it on Feedly first and I marked it to read later. Sometimes I’ll see a new post from a blog that I can tell from a quick overview, it isn’t something interesting to me so I’ll mark it as read and move on. But if it’s something I want to check out in depth and possibly pin to my Pinterest, I’ll mark it and check it out later.

I hope all this information helps. 🙂

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Kate says · 05.02.14

Thanks for sharing your input–I hear ya.

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Nicole says · 05.02.14

Something happened! Suddenly I can’t view your blog on my phone anymore… I was able to until this mornings new post! Anyway- I know you mentioned you are working on some mobile options! I am happy to sit at the computer with my coffee to read your blog too! Love the work you have done, and appreciate the time and energy you spend on it!

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Kate says · 05.02.14

Thanks Nicole. Hope the issue is resolved soon!

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nina says · 05.02.14

*sigh*

I figure the only reason people stop allowing complete RSS feeds is because they want the ad money. I *never* click on truncated posts because well, they are boring. Oh well.

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Kate says · 05.02.14

Nope, that’s not the only reason. 🙂

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Jena says · 05.02.14

Thanks for the change! While I understand the reasoning behind it (click value, I’m sure?), and it is your blog that you are able to do what’s best for you, I really dislike truncated posts. I rarely click over and eventually just delete the blog after a while…though I do click over for better views of pictures, videos, etc. What really bothers me the most is it happening all of a sudden without notice, so I appreciate your candidness! I am much less bothered by it when the blogger is open and honest about it!

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Sarah says · 05.02.14

I have no new information from the other commenters, but I LOVE the redesign and almost always read from my computer during lunch. I have about 5 blogs that I specifically wait to read when I have time and can relax and yours is always one. I love that you’re so reader focused and very concerned with our needs and preferences! Keep the awesomeness coming!

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Kate says · 05.02.14

Thanks Sarah! Enjoy your lunch 🙂

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allison says · 05.02.14

Personally, nothing turns me off more than truncated feeds. For serious. I do love your site, but in the interest of time I would probably not read anymore… the thing is, if people like you what you write and offer in content, they’ll occasionally go to your site and look for more.

Also, on bloglovin’ it shows your full site. The mobile version however just offers text… I don’t typically use the mobile version because I prefer the full version, that said… I prefer overall to read in a feed reader.

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AnaAguilar says · 05.02.14

Thanks for going back to full feed!! I admit I am of those who rarely click over to the website from feedly. I will visit websites only when I want to comment or read comments, but other than that….nope. I know it only takes a few seconds more to click over to the website but those blogs end up being deleted or ignored., We humans are odd creatures, I know.

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Colleen says · 05.02.14

Another Feedly reader who doesn’t like the truncated posts. I am subscribed 100+ blogs and if the full post isn’t there, 9 times out of 10 it doesn’t get read. I do all my blog reading on a tablet or phone and find a feed reader is the easiest way to read posts. I enjoy reading your work, but as a busy mom, convenience wins.

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Lauren says · 05.02.14

I was reading through comments and I’m the same way! I finally learned that I can lock my reader to load feeds in a certain way, so if the feed is truncated I can lock it to always load with readability. I use the Mr. Reader app if you’re interested, it’s been my favorite for a long while

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Erin says · 05.02.14

First off: The new design looks great- simple and elegant.

Second: While it’s of course your blog and your are entitled to organize it how you see fit, I (and obviously others) really appreciate you taking concerns regarding the full feed issue to heart and attempting to find a good solution. A lot of bloggers say they care about their readers comments, but you’re quick response shows that you actually do. While I would probably continue reading even if I had to make an extra click on feedly, the fact that you are so open to reader comments is wonderful.
Love the blog!

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Kate says · 05.02.14

Thanks Erin!

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Lindsay @ The Newlywed Notebook says · 05.02.14

I just want to show my support for you with this choice by saying I 100% agree with you. I really don’t think the average blog reader understands what harm they are doing by not actually coming to visit the blog.

Now, I have honestly NEVER done this (we all say that right?) but I wanted to share with you a post I just wrote on why it is so important for people who continue to use Bloglovin’ to make a few changes in their settings to show their support for their favorite boggers. It also helps to explain why Bloglovin’ really isn’t so fabulous for bloggers. I’d love for you to give it a glance and let me know what you think:

http://thenewlywednotebook.com/im-wary-bloglovin/

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Kate says · 05.02.14

I’ll check out your post soon, thanks!!

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Julie says · 05.02.14

Thanks for this info. I posted below about how I know zilch about Feedly or Bloglovin. But now I am experimenting with Bloglovin and I am trying to follow the steps you explained. I want to make sure Kate and my other favorites get their “credit.” Hope I have it right. I will follow along in the comments to keep up with that. Thanks again.

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Angie says · 05.02.14

I love the new site as well. I came across your blog when I was growing out my hair. Your name was mentioned as a source on hair ideas from “Maybe Matilda” blog. I’ve been following you every since. I love your a cat person. My husband and I have (3) cats and 1 dog (well the dog is my grand dog, oldest daughters dog). My cats are like my children. I enjoy reading about your day and how you interact with your son.

As a grandma to a wonderful little boy, reading your blog is a nice break from all the crazy out there.

I hope you have a great day……….and keep blogging……………..

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Kate says · 05.02.14

My cats are like my children too 🙂 Thanks!

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Erin D. says · 05.02.14

I’ll admit I was a little bummed to see the truncated posts in my Feedly. Normally, that would be reason enough to take a blogger off my feed (particularly if it’s a blogger I don’t really like any more). That said, I truly enjoy your blog and am happy to click over when I’m interested in reading the rest of the post. It’s certainly more convenient to read in Feedly, but I understand it’s your business and content, too!

*This has probably been said, but I’m on my lunch break and no time to read through all the comments!

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Erin D. says · 05.02.14

To clarify, if it’s a blogger I don’t care for any more, I’m not interested in giving them clicks. You on the other hand, I’m happy to give clicks. 🙂

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Kate says · 05.02.14

Thanks Erin, I appreciate that!

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Brooke says · 05.02.14

I was a little sad to see your blog posts in Feedly that I now had to click to your site to read them. Now don’t get me wrong I will because I love following you just that much. However I think the new designing is a little too plain, flat, or boring. I know you like things simple and streamlined.. but I think your point about “going inside the coffee shop” vs “drive through” to me at least means that I get to see pretty things inside…. Just my two cents, still one of your oldest and most dedicated followers! Plus baby David is too cute to miss. Wishing you all the best!

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Kate says · 05.02.14

We must have different preferences I guess 🙂 Thanks for reading!

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Katie says · 05.02.14

Love the new blog design! I’m such a big fan of your blog and tutorials. I have recently become a big fan of youtube tutorials. I’ve noticed that my favorite youtube sights use the playlist to group content. For example, there will be pics on the playlist that could group all your hairstyle videos, and another to group all your makeup tutorials, etc. I’m wishing you continued success!

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leah belle says · 05.02.14

As a busy mom, I read blogs in feed burner for the same reason I go to drive-thrus: TIME. I’ve always complained that the Post Office needs a drive-thru, because by the time I lugged 2 kiddos in and out of car seats, it was totally not worth the effort to go inside and buy a stamp. I got to where I would send hubby to PO instead of going myself.

I have carved out a way too brief hour of my day to go through my blog reader first thing in the morning before the rest of the family is out of bed. Therefore the drive-thru of a feed burner is my best bet. Clicking over to the website takes more time. I’m afraid that unless the title and teaser are something really earth-shattering, I’m unlikely to do so (even though I love your blog and have to this point been a faithful reader).

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Kate says · 05.02.14

I hear ya! Thanks for reading!

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Lauren says · 05.02.14

I don’t love truncated blog feeds, but I understand. I just read it with readability and that worked perfectly. Something that I didn’t know until now, was that I could lock how my rss feed reader app (Mr. Reader) loads your feed. So instead of loading the RSS, I have it locked to always load it as readability instead which may be an option for all your RSS feed readers!

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Julie says · 05.02.14

Wow. I have never heard of Feedly or Bloglovin. Sorry, just not that tech savvy. I just bookmark or save to my home page in a folder on my iPad. Would someone mind explaining it to me?

I love your new site, and I loved the previous one too. I will click on whatever I need to if that supports your endeavors. I am so grateful for all I have learned and your guidance.

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Kate says · 05.02.14

Thanks Julie!

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Jennifer L says · 05.02.14

I was sad to see the truncated feed as it makes it much easier to read my list of blogs if I don’t have to click through on all of them. But at the same time I understand wanting to protect your content as well as needing the page views etc for sponsors. What helps me feel motivated to actually click through is when there is an image along with the partial text. I’m more likely to decide it’s worth my time if I can get a visual of what I’m going to see than just from a couple sentences. Truly enjoy your blog!

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Becca @ One Girl says · 05.02.14

Beautiful new site Kate!

If we’re being honesty here I must say I typically do not read blog posts that are truncated just because I use the bloglovin’ app on my phone and then it opens another internet page, and often feel like my phone is cluttered, etc. My bloglovin’ account is usually a very distant afterthought because the blogs I do love reading (yours very much included) I tend to seek out on my own or tend to visit because I follow them on instagram & facebook.

That being said – I love the reminders on facebook and IG that a favorite blogger posted so I can go check it out and appreciate being ‘plugged in’ that way. A majority of the blogs I do follow and actually read I visit because of facebook and IG and being ever present there. Keep doing what you are doing Kate, we all love the blog!

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Kate says · 05.02.14

Thanks Becca!

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Ali says · 05.02.14

Thanks for switching back. I appreciate it!

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Ashlee says · 05.02.14

I hate the truncate posts in my feed. There are few blogs I’ve mostly stopped reading because of it. If the post title is really good I’ll click over but for the post part I just skip them. I was super disappointed when you went that way HOWEVER I completely understand why you’d want to do it and unlike a lot of those other blogs there is rarely a post over here I don’t want to read (good title or not). If you keep it this way I’ll make an effort to click over more often (which I actually do pretty often because I’m over here searching for something I “need” that you blogged about a hundred posts ago while standing in Target, Sephora, etc.)

If you decide to go back I’ll keep on reading daily, because for me you aren’t one of the blogs I want to skip – You just have to do what’s best for you!

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Kate says · 05.02.14

I appreciate your support Ashlee!

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Holly says · 05.02.14

I love the new site design, Kate! It is so fresh, clean and inviting. I’m a graphic designer and know how much work goes into a blog design (or print work which is what I primarily do) so I completely understand the reasons behind truncating your feed! You won’t lose my readership, that’s for sure!

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Jacquelyn @justjacq says · 05.02.14

I had to look up what a truncated feed was. I was pretty sure I knew, but I wanted to confirm. In case you were wondering, I did know 😀 I understand the reasoning behind truncated feeds and I do most of my reading on Bloglovin. The only thing is if the teaser in the feed isn’t something I’m particularly interested in, I won’t expand. And if I am interested I’ll expand but only for bloggers I’m positive I’ll like what they have to say. So while I understand wanting to do it, I’d be concerned readers would just gloss over. The new design is very clean, love it!

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Steph W. says · 05.02.14

I had noticed the change in BlogLovin, but I didn’t mind the difference. If the post interested me, I clicked through. If it didn’t, I didn’t click through.

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Julie S. says · 05.02.14

I went back and forth on truncated posts too, but I click over here about 75% of the time! LOVE the new site! I just did a rebrand/relaunch. Lots of work but oh so fun!

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Hannah Barta says · 05.02.14

Though I use Feedburner to follow your amazing blog, I usually actually read it through your site instead of the feed (I don’t like reading in feeds)–and I guess I didn’t quite realize that most people read through their feeds instead 🙂 Thanks for the notification!

charmant

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Carolyn says · 05.02.14

Hi Kate!

I have to say, I love your blog and have been reading it for…a few years? I have no idea how long. I am definitely on the “I hate feed truncating” reader side though…I read a decent amount of blogs through feedly (that way I don’t miss any posts!), and it’s really just a convenience factor. I’ll read on my ipad or on my phone, and for anything that I want to get another look at (or just get the full webpage feel), I save it and go click on the real thing! I’ve ended up not following blogs who truncate anymore…it’s just not worth it to the way I like to follow blogs.

Yours is definitely one that I click to though – your tutorials and photos have me coming back to check out your archives on a regular basis. Love your new design too! I hope you stick with the full feed posts though – mostly because I’m lazy and I like all my social media in one piece ;).

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Sarah C. says · 05.02.14

I have never really explored reading sites through a feed reader because I do not understand the value to the author. We all seem to want everything for free without realizing that supporting these content creators is a critical component of the process. I want the authors and producers of the sites I read to know that I value them, and the best way to make that impression is to visit their sites. No? I do admit that I am a quality over quantity girl every time. I have no real interest in following 100+ blogs. Sounds overwhelming! I would rather focus on 20 that speak to me, and then I spend the time that I might have been lost online reading a book or creating something or connecting with people directly in my life. If I am just looking for ideas or inspiration or something new, Pinterest serves that role. Of course, at 37, I suspect that I am older than many of your readers. My approach might just be what happens with age…a bit more appreciation and balance, perhaps?

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Renee says · 05.04.14

I agree!! I’m sitting here thinking, if you have time to read 100+ blogs, then you have time to click a button.

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Candice says · 05.02.14

Mobile options seems to be a hot topic already. Here’s my vote for that!!

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Sarah says · 05.02.14

I am so thankful you’re switching back to the full feed for feed readers! I had been clicking over to the site to read each post, but it was always with a little annoyance (silly I know!).
Like others, I often unsubscribe from blogs that truncate their feeds, and I am more likely to click over to a blog even when I’m able to see the full feed in my fee reader.
Thank you!!

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Allie says · 05.02.14

I know you are overrun with comments today, but I wanted to let you know how much I love being able to read in a reader like Feed my, and that I still click over! Like others have said, unless the headline really grabs my attention, I usually don’t click over to read the rest of the post.

I frequently come to your site to look for a prior post, to leave a comment, or to enter a giveaway. 😀

Honestly, I wouldn’t take the time to click through bookmarks every day. I read a little bit on my phone, my tablet, and my laptop, so having a reader to keep track for me is important!

Thank you for taking your reader’s requests seriously!! I really hope you do what’s best for you & your blog!!

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Amanda A. says · 05.02.14

I am loving your new blog design! I am not a fan of truncated blogs, but I visit your blog everyday so I would click thru regardless. Thank you so much for all the amazing things you do for this blog. Keep up the good work.

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Christine says · 05.02.14

Momma needs makeup and baby needs new new shoes! I don’t mind clicking through to your blog. 😉 Keep up the great work!

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Allison Smith says · 05.02.14

Hi Kate!
I love the new site – esp since before I was never able to leave comments – it’s was limited to 5 blog/email options!
Also I really only read a few blogs but they are all bookmarked on my phone so I don’t really understand the lingo on what exactly a feed burner site is but when I click the bookmark I am able to fully read the whole post on my phone , without any additional clicks.
I am having a baby girl In July and I definitely love love you posts and IG on sweet David !
I have enjoyed reading for a few years! I feel like I know you 🙂
Thanks
Allison

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Sandra says · 05.02.14

Hi Kate!
I love the new blog! So clean and fresh and no-nonsense. Gotta love that! Your blog is one of the few blogs I actually click on every day. I love reading your tips on hair/beauty and now that you are a mom I can relate to you a bit better 🙂 Keep up the good work. Your blog is wonderful!

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taylor @ {a tattooed teacher in texas} says · 05.02.14

i do use bloglovin’ every day, but i’ll still click over for you no matter what! 🙂

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Amy says · 05.02.14

I will still click over because I know your blog is fab maybe I wouldn’t if I didn’t already I don’t know! When you say to protect your content what’s the risks of having it going via bloglovin or something similar?

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Liz says · 05.02.14

Thanks for reconsidering! I was about to unsubscribe when I realized they were truncated (even though I really love your blog!). I just don’t have time to click through. I used to stay subscribed to blogs that were truncated in my reader and only clicked through the posts that really, really interested me, but it turned out to be just annoying to me to have to decide on each post if I wanted to click through. So now when bloggers truncate, I just unsubscribe, even if I love the blog. So thanks!!

And P.S., I love your posts about your experiences as a new mom. I love watching blogs change as the blogger’s life changes. Makes it seem more real to me. Anyway…keep blogging! Love your stuff! 🙂

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Rebecca says · 05.02.14

Your blog has always been a favorite, and I love the new design. I follow you through Bloglovin’, and thankfully it still shows the full design when viewed on my computer (which I usually do). As another reader commented, there are some blogs I save to read on my computer because it just looks better…yours is one of them. I think if people really want the full experience they’ll do the same. With that said, for times when readers are in a hurry or don’t have access to a computer it’s always nice to see the full blog post on a mobile device if possible. Just my 2 cents! 🙂

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Joan @ the baloney bug says · 05.02.14

I’m popping over from
Feedly to give my 2c. I have a very active 1yo daughter and work full time. I get a very limited amount of time to read blogs (heck, I’m 2 weeks behind on Grey’s Anatomy). I’ve stopped reading some of my favorite blogs when they discontinued reader feeds because I simply don’t have the time. I still follow on Instagram and don’t feel like I’m missing that much. That being said, if I read about a product on a blog via feedly I ALWAYS go to the blog to use the affiliate link to purchase. I did that recently with your blog and Julep. I will be sad if you no longer offer reader feeds, and I may pop over and visit when a special occasion arises and I need a hair do, but it certainly won’t be an everyday thing like it is now.

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Alicia says · 05.03.14

I don’t know much about truncated feeds and readers and stuff but I use bloglovin’ and it allows me to keep track of all the blogs I read while still (I think!) going to the sites. There’s just a bar across the top that allows me to go through my unread posts. Seems like the best of both worlds to me!

Alicia

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Hannah says · 05.03.14

Your blog and your sister’s are one of the few I have dedicated my free time to 🙂 it’s always something to look forward to if the day wasn’t the greatest. Loving the new look as well! Very organized and not glamorized.

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Nicole says · 05.03.14

The new design is gorgeous!!! I’m happy to hear you’re looking into mobile. 🙂

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SheilaM says · 05.03.14

Count me in as one of the zillions who read you through Feedly. I do click through fairly regularly, but frankly if I had to hop from blog to blog to read them all I simply wouldn’t do it. I was a Google Reader user before Feedly and will probably always use some sort of feed reader. It allows me to efficiently scan the many blogs I follow, and read full articles if I find I’m interested. The more difficult it is for me to access the post, the less likely I am to look at it. Not trying to be harsh, and I do understand about content protection as I have two blogs myself – but convenience is king for customers, is it not?

Just wanted to add my 2¢.

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Andrea says · 05.03.14

Wow, I must not be very blog-savvy – I don’t know what feedburners are! Whoops. Anyways, I love your new design! Your blog and your sister’s are two of my favorites. My sister and I regularly send each other your posts when we want to try something out or find it interesting. 🙂

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Tina B says · 05.03.14

It seems I’ve missed the boat…and didn’t know your blog had changed. I realized today that I hadn’t seen any new posts, and went searching for them. Imagine my surprise to learn you HAD been posting…and with a beautiful new blog design.

I am not sure why I’m not receiving your posts via email notification, tho’. I attempted to sign up again…but it says I’m already receiving them, but I’m not.

I’m confused…but glad you’re still around. 🙂

Tina

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Ashlyn says · 05.03.14

I love your blog but do miss being able to easily read on my phone. I struggle reading the post on my phone since it’s a lot smaller 🙁 but it won’t stop me from visiting…I enjoy all of your things you blog about and encouragement you provide!

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Annie says · 05.04.14

I am such a big fan of your blog, and I think that the redesign looks fabulous! Congrats! xo

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Debbie Thurmond says · 05.04.14

I love your blog and fully understand the reason for the change on your part, but have to be honest to say that, as I follow many blogs that I am interested in, when I get a truncated blog, I generally just hit delete unless there is something that really grabs my eye. I just don’t have that kind of time. I guess if everyone started truncating, I would probably give up reading blogs altogether. Every click counts for me.

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Jennie Harper says · 05.04.14

Love the new design to your blog! Thanks for the tip on how to add an avatar 🙂

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Cari says · 05.04.14

I too enjoy your blog for it’s visual appeal as well as its content Kate so I’m happy either way that you decide to go!

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Laura says · 05.05.14

I love blushes and bronzers, so I definitely want to try that! I’m also always looking for good new brushes.

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Carolina Little says · 05.05.14

I like the new design! I usually read your posts when I received your emails in my inbox! So, I would like to have the option to do it that way, it’s easy when I am at work and I just open my inbox and read it that way. Then, I go to your blog page almost every night when I get home from work or when I want to find old post regarding makeup favorites and tutorials!

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Beth says · 05.05.14

If you’re going to go truncated, could you copy the Smitten Kitchen approach? She has a solid 1 – 3 paragraphs with some pictures before it cuts off. That way, I have a chance to get engaged in the content and I end up clicking through on 90% of her posts. I think this is the best of both worlds, truly. I think you will lose readers through truncating – I used to love reading A Piece of Toast but once they truncated, I totally stopped. There’s just too many style blogs out there and if they don’t work with Feedly, I generally lose touch with them.
However, if you do want to truncate the content and have nothing other than the headline show on Feedly, I’d recommend doing a study of this approach to measure the impact. Do you have a target number of readers you want clicking through? Can you measure the before and after and see if you’re hitting your target? The net increase from people visiting your site after truncating might be worthwhile, even if you lose some people. But you won’t know unless you measure this. I’d try to verify your intuition about this if possible.

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Jenn B says · 05.05.14

I love your blog no matter what! But about those annoying pop up ads.. Can you do away with them?? It makes it hard to read when they keep popping up?? I even get them through my desk top as well:( I’m more inclined to un-follow blogs for these reasons. It’s just unnecessary spam in my opinion.

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Theresa B says · 05.07.14

Hmmm, I’ve never had pop-up ads with Kate’s website. I wonder if it is your browser or something you have loaded on your computer? What are the ads for?

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Anna says · 05.05.14

Kate, I adore your blog! Some day I want to start my own blog. I also love target, and am thankful for the opportunity to win! 🙂 I really would like to try that fragrance. I always consider buying some of this line at target, but typically opt for something a little cheaper. Poor college student. 🙁 but I can live vicariously through ypyr make-up trials for now! 🙂

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Amanda Robinson says · 05.06.14

It is disappointing to see blogs shortened in my feed, but I understand the need to protect your content. I have seen a few other blogs preempt truncating their feed with an in depth explanation before it happens. It seemed to soothe their readers. I would click through! I definitely look forward to your posts more than most blogs. I am subscribed to more than a hundred as well.

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Arielle says · 05.06.14

Hi Kate! I do love reading your blog but for some reason it’s not being delivered to my email anymore, and when I try to resubscribe, it says that I’m already on the mailing list so it won’t sign me back up. I investigated my end of it to see if somehow yours were getting blocked or spammed, but that wasn’t the case. Any thoughts on how to UNsubscribe so I can REsubscribe?
Thanks!

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Tina B says · 05.06.14

I am having the same problem as Arielle.

I just realized a few days ago that I stopped receiving new post emails from your blog as well as a hand full of others (Talk of the House, Miss Mustard Seed, I Heart Organizing, Beneath My Heart and Yellow Cape Cod). I try to re-subscribe…and it says I’m already on the mailing list. ??

This glitch seems to have started about two weeks ago. I have checked my spam and there’s nothing.

Any ideas on how we can fix this?

I miss seeing your email in my inbox. 🙂

Thanks, Tina
tinab 158 at hotmail dot com

Must be something going on

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Sarah says · 05.07.14

Hi Kate, I wanted to thank you for at least reconsidering the truncated feed status. I love your blog and will definitely be clicking over here regularly either way, whether to search for a specific outfit/tutorial or (slightly grudgingly) due to a truncated feed. I understand that you need to protect your content and appreciate that you’re looking into the best option for you and your blog.

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Theresa B says · 05.07.14

Kate,

I had another thought about this issue that I wanted to share with you. I worked in the Credit Union industry for nearly 15 years and there was always discussion about members coming in to branches vs the members who prefer to do their banking remotely. Our CU always strived to accommodate both types of members because you will always have those members who like to walk into a branch and do their banking with a teller but also have members who never step foot in a branch and do their banking online and via ATMs.

I understand you just remodeled your “branch” and you want everyone to see how pretty it looks but you’re going to have readers/members who want to do things remotely and that’s okay too. You will still have those who want to come to your website and view it directly and they will definitely appreciate the remodel job. I think truncating your RSS feed will be similar to charging to use an ATM vs coming in to see a teller and some will be willing to pay that fee but some will find another place to do their banking. 🙁

Just thought I’d share my analogy with you.

All the best,
Theresa

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Thanks for sharing such a nice thought, piece of writing
is nice, thats why i have read it fully

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