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Which do you prefer, full posts or excerpts?

I know I have played around with the format of the front page on my site, and have at times had it display only excerpts from each post and at times have had it display full posts.  I have played with the number of words that each excerpt has, and have set it anywhere between 55 words and 150 words.

The advantage of having it display excerpts is that I can ascribe a featured image and I can have more than two stories show up on the front page.  I can also “sticky” a post, like I did with the Oreck Giveaway, and have it remain on top as long as I want.

However, I have had several people tell me that having excerpts only makes it harder for them to navigate my site.  I want my site to look good, but I want it to be easy for you to navigate.

So, I’d like to take a poll, to see which the majority of you prefer, full posts or excerpts. The poll is in the right inner sidebar. Or, you can just leave a comment to let me know which you prefer.


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About Virginia

Hi there! My name is Virginia, and I am the author/owner of That Bald Chick. I am a Christian, wife, mother of three, full time homemaker, homeschooler, and ministry volunteer in addition to being a blogger. In my free time *cough* I enjoy reading, writing, taking walks with my family, and listening to music.


  1. I'm a full-time mummy says:

    Full posts! I don’t like clicking too many links and would just like to see everything in one place!

  2. Ellen Beck says:

    Me personally I like excerpts, but then too, I am a somewhat regular reader and just check out recent posts.

    What I do wish you had is email subscriptions- RSS has never been my cup of tea, and I find I comment more if it something interesting directly from the email.

  3. Ellen- I’ve been trying to figure out the e-mail subscription thing. I thought I had it set up, but apparently, it isn’t done correctly. So, I will work on that in the next week. Thanks so much for letting me know!

  4. ReggieMann says:

    Full Posts – I read the blogs in follow in Google Reader so full posts would be helpful. Even with an e-mail subscription, full posts would be better

    Just my 2 cents 🙂

  5. I like excerpts. I like being able to see more than a few things when I open up a page. I get annoyed when I go to a blog and I have to scroll through massive posts to get to the next one, especially if there are lots of pictures. Just my 2¢. 😀

  6. Full posts, so I don’t have to click on something and wait for another page to load!

  7. Leah Walker says:

    Oh no, we’re no help at all. Lol. The poll is tied at 4 each. I like excerpts I think. I have little time to sit and read and like to kind of browse instead of full on reading.

  8. I think full posts on the first page always looks better

  9. It won’t let me vote, but hands down full posts! I USUALLY don’t read much if only a little of each post is showing!