Allow me to come late to the party in order to declare that the data format known as RSS has fundamentally changed the way I read the web. (See previous entries by, for example, Liz Lawley and Edith Frost.) As many of you probably already know, hundreds of sites, from blogs to newspapers, syndicate their content via this format, and if you have a desktop program or a website that will collect all of this information for you, then you have a very powerful tool.
After giving Kinja a try, I’m now hooked on Bloglines. Although it’s not finished, yet, you can take a look at my list of Bloglines subscriptions. If you sign up for your own Bloglines account, then you can sign in and subscribe to one of the items in someone else’s list with the click of a mouse. For example, being the proud owner of a new Mac, I grabbed all of Edith Frost’s Mac-related subscriptions.
Why not make available a full-text RSS feed of your blog, which will make the entire text, rather than an excerpt, of each of your entries available in syndication? Users of MovableType, I can tell you how. Everyone else, you’re on your own.
Go into Template > RSS 2.0. Then find the portion of code that reads < $MTEntryExcerpt remove_html="1" encode_xml="1"$> and change it to < $MTEntryBody encode_xml="1"$>. Rebuild your site (Choose “Rebuild Indexes Only,” if you want to save time), and you’re done. It’s just that simple! (I think.) Make a link in your sidebar somewhere to “index.xml” and name it “Full-text RSS.”