Wow, thank you so much to everyone who weighed in on whether it would be cool/not cool to switch to partial RSS feeds. I hadn’t by any means expected such a passionate response when I posted that!
I didn’t do a formal tally of the responses, and I really should have done a poll, but the comments seemed to break down roughly evenly between “Go for it!” “Don’t do it!” and “Indifferent!”
After reading all the comments (reminder that I really do read every single comment) and thinking about it over the weekend, I decided to keep the full RSS feeds for now. I was persuaded by the people who questioned whether switching to partial would really increase comments (if people are going to comment they’re going to comment, if they’re not they’re not), and since I’m not trying to monetize the blog the extra pageviews would just be vanity.
There were also enough people who said they’d stop reading and unsubscribe to give me pause, although I do have to chuckle a bit at the people who couldn’t! possibly! be bothered to click through under any circumstances. I’m not judging because I make decisions like that all the time, but it’s kind of hilarious how we can no longer spare those extra two seconds. It reminds me of this.
I wouldn’t rule out making this switch in the future and would experiment first, though probably only if I ever needed the pageviews here or added advertising.
Thanks again, everyone!