Media: Protests Follow EdWeek Blog Redesign / RSS Clampdown
As you can see here, there's lots of white space -- whoo hoo? -- but readers get just a sentence or so of blog post text before they have to scan back up the page and click the headline to get the rest.
[The process for finding the full text of the blog post is so counterintuitive that they include this instruction to remind readers: "To read the entire blog post, click the headline."]
Then there's the problem with EdWeek's RSS feeds, which goes back a little while. For the past few months, EdWeek's power RSS readers have been getting mere excerpts rather than the full text they were used to. You can always get/make a fulltext RSS feed like this one (and some new readers can get fulltext on their own) but still it's a nuisance for folks who are speed reading the Internet.
Supposedly, the changes are all about making the blogs "easier to read, navigate, and share." Indeed, there's a Twitter button after each blog post, about which I am jealous since my current Typepad-based template is stuck in 2008 and lacks such social media amenities. But it's also probably about getting folks to pony up for EdWeek's modest annual subscription cost, and to prevent spambots from stealing EdWeek's content through its RSS feeds, and to make things better for mobile users. Etc.
One of the chief complainers has been @mikepetrilli, who last night wrote: "Boo hoo. It's to track readership. Which is understandable but inconvenient!" The response from @politicsk12: "We'll work even harder so you get your click's worth!"