Syndication Frustration

Tuesday, 9 February 2010 -- 6:30 pm

RSS - Not so Simple after allI know that some people find it annoying that subscribing to my RSS feed in Google Reader only shows the summary of new posts, forcing you to click through to the website to read them.  I just want to say that I have been working hard on trying to fix that.

I really don’t have any idea what’s going wrong, because if you look at the feed in IE, you see the full text of the posts.  In my hours of research, I have learned that Firefox truncates all feeds, but the information is clearly there, since IE is picking it up.

I have tried tweaking some of the scripts.  I have tried upgrading WordPress.  I have tried yelling at the computer.  Nothing has worked.

So much for “Really Simple” Syndication!

Even after hours of searching and trying various solutions, the only hint I have found that looks at all promising is to redirect my feed through FeedBurner.  That isn’t optimal, but if it works, I guess I’ll just deal with it.  Perhaps it’s a Google conspiracy, since they own FeedBurner (*thinking about dumping my Google shares on principle if that’s the case*).

Unfortunately, this means that you’ll probably need to update the feed in your reader to use the FeedBurner URL:  http://feeds.feedburner.com/megdesk Like I said, it’s not optimal, but at least it seems to work.

3 Responses to “Syndication Frustration”

  1. Shane Says:

    Okay, I’m one of those people who gets you on Google Reader and has to click through to view your page.

    However, starting with this post (and with no changing anything on my part, mind you) the problem is solved! Not only do I see this entire post in Google Reader, I see all back posts in full as well.

    So, I didn’t have to update my feed URL, and everything seems to be working perfectly now!

  2. Sara Says:

    Agreed–and I use IE. It never worked before and now it does.

  3. Lorry Says:

    Yup, I see everything in Google Reader.

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