I was unaware that some readers access Destination: Austin Family from mobile or texting devices which don't allow you to go to the actual post on the blog. I apologize to these readers and others who have had problems accessing DAF. And I really appreciate the feedback. Here is what happened and how, on Blogger, you can adjust your feed settings.
1. On the Blogger Dashboard, select Settings and then select the Site Feed tab. The Site Feed screen appears:
You may have to select between Basic Mode and Advanced Mode. Begin with Basic Mode since the selections will be easier to make.
2. Allow Blog Feeds: Select either None, Short or Full.
- If you select None, users will only see the post title in their reader or on a mobile device and will need to click the title to open the original post. This has its disadvantages in that readers with mobile devices may not be able to access the full post whereas they can read a Full post via a text reader.
- If you select Short which is what Blogger seems to be recommending, then only the first 255 characters or the first paragraph, whichever is shorter, will appear in the reader. This may not satisfy those mobile readers especially if you are rather verbose like me and can't keep a post to one paragraph.
- If you select Full, then the entire post is available in the reader. This has a disadvantage in that a full feed becomes available to splogs and splog aggregators.
3. Post Feed Redirect URL: the feed burner service that you use (I use FeedBurner) will generate a URL for redirection of your feeds. That URL should be pasted here.
4. Post Feed Footer: you can compose a footer, almost like an email signature, that your readers will see at the end of posts in a blog reader. You can place your name, advertising, anything you desire.
If you choose to use the Advanced Mode, here are your options:
5. Blog Posts Feed: select None, Short or Full with the same admonitions above.
6. Blog Feed Comment: again select None, Short or Full. The comment feed contains all comments made on all posts on your blog.
7. Per-Post Comment Feed: again select None, Short or Full. Each individual post will have its own site feed, containing only its own comments.
8. Post Feed Redirect URL: again, as above, the URL from your feed burning service.
9. Post Feed Footer: same as above.
Why did I change my feed format? I was looking to drive more traffic directly to my blog since I had looked at my traffic using Google Analytics and found that most readers were simply using the feeds and not going to the blog. This is not so much a concern since I don't have advertising that needs clicks or interactivity on my blog. So I switched my feed format back to one that is more pleasing to my readers. Happy readers make a happy Thomas.