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Feed me your art

While trying to keep up with all the photoblogs I’d like to visit every day I subscribed to each one that offered a feed in my Bloglines account thinking that I’ll read these blogs like I read the rest of my favourite sites.
After importing them into Bloglines (not a difficult task, but it takes a while), I clicked around and quickly discovered that many photoblogs will only show a thumbnail or none at all in their feed!
I was particularly disheartened that Joes NYC stripped all post content and No Words, Iced Coffee and Headphoneland only showed thumbnails.
Thankfully, some of my favourite WP powered blogs, Just Photo and Simply Lotus display full size images in their feeds, and even one of the heavy hitters, Daily Dose of Imagery does too.

Blogger users can rest easy, Bloglines couldn’t auto find the feed on Shutterbug Exposed but Firefox did and I copied that into my Bloglines account. You get what you post on that site. Happy! Happy!

I noticed that many blogs powered by photoblog specific software only display thumbnails. Maybe it’s the default setting of these programs or they try to save bandwidth for their hosting companies but it doesn’t strike me as being very friendly to the visitor. As an example, the Pixelpost powered Glassey Alley displays thumbnails yet Ryan’s WordPress powered text/photoblog displays full size images.

Sure it’s nice, no, it’s important that you display your work with the surrounding colours and whitespace customised but in this age of information overload, RSS aggregators are a huge help to those of us swamped by too few hours in the day.

By Donncha

Donncha Ó Caoimh is a software developer at Automattic and WordPress plugin developer. He posts photos at In Photos and can also be found on Twitter.

4 replies on “Feed me your art”

Oh and don’t feel bad if I’ve left comments on your blog and haven’t mentioned you in the above post, there’s only so much name dropping one can do! I would urge you to check your feed in an RSS aggregator and don’t cripple them please!

Most blogging software, including photoblogging pacakages, easily allows the author to edit the output of their rss feeds. It’s truly a matter of choice on the author’s part of whether to include full or partial feeds. For some artists it’s very important that their work be shown in the context of their choosing and a partial rss feed is a nice compromise. The feed allows you to see when they’ve added new work but also allows the artist to show the work in the context she selected for it.

Thanks for giving me your opinion on my feed Donncha. I actually only changed to using a thumbnail rather than full-size image about 2 weeks ago. Not quite sure why, I thought it looked better and have sometimes preferred seeing only thumbnails and I would often go to the page anyway if im going to comment. Ive been so busy lately and want to make so many changes to my site, but just don’t have the time to think about it, let alone learn how to do it.

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