Please let me explain….

I have always said that the things that bother me as a blog reader, I would try to not do as a blog author. One of those things is truncated feed (a summary instead of the full post). But  I have been the victim of my content being stolen. And the way that these sites steal content is through a blog’s feed. So after months of internal debate, and after talking to other bloggers in the same situation, I have finally pulled the trigger and truncated my feed. This will only affect those of you who read my blog through feedburner.

I work so hard to create original content and put my whole heart into what I do. It pains me that others steal my hard work and either claim it as their own or make money off it in other ways. I hope you will understand.

Thank you :)

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  1. says

    It shortens it in google reader too :) there are very few blogs i would click over every time to read. You are definitely one of them!! Sadly when you read blogs in a reader, you don’t comment as often. I do read all your posts and love what you do. Hopefully this will make me a better commenter. :)

  2. says

    I didn’t even know you could truncate your feeds! Good to know. And I don’t blame you. I feel so bad for the bloggers who have content stolen. I wish that there was an easier way to catch and charge people who think it’s ok to steal content that bloggers work hard to write and put together.

  3. says

    If at all possible, please include a picture in the truncation. Or a really great title. There are very few blogs I continue to read that have truncated feeds because I’m just not invested or interested by the tiny sliver of a post I see initially. Something really has to interest me then for me to click over and read the rest.

    • Stacy says

      I feel the same way. I checked into it before I did it and that is not an option within feedburner BUT I have a friend and fellow blogger whose husband is a computer programer and she is trying to see if he can create a plugin or something that would allow a picture. I would feel so much better if it had a picture :)

  4. says

    I completely understand so will your other readers! I’m sure! I do have a personal question. If you don’t mind emailing me how to truncated my feed as I have been debating it but not very blog-tech savvy :)

    • Stacy says

      You go into your feedburner account and click on the “optimize” tab. Scroll all the way down and on the left hand side there is an option called summery burner. You can customize the message and then you have to click “activate”. It was pretty easy.

  5. says

    Ugh, I’m so sorry your content is getting scraped. That’s totally lame! I just added a footer to my RSS that says “This post is from Practically Functional” with links back to my blog in the hopes that it will discourage people from scraping my feed since it has internal links back to me. How did you find out that your content was stolen? I’m assuming mine isn’t being stolen cuz I’m such a small blog, but I don’t really know how to check.

    And I’ll still click over from Google Reader to read all of your posts!

    • Stacy says

      I had others find it on the sites and let me know. There are huge sites that steal feed and then they go viral on Pinterest. Only they link back to the site that stole them and not to the person they were stolen from. And there are not any links back either.
      Thanks for being willing to click over. That makes me feel so much better!

  6. says

    Have you thought about adding a jump break to truncate your feed? Blogger has a setting to allow a blog feed until the jump break. I start my post with a great photo followed by a descriptive introductory paragraph to catch the reader’s attention, then add the jump break. This way the reader has a better idea of what the post is about when they decide whether they want to click over.

    • Stacy says

      That is what I do when I truncate on my actual blog. But through feed it is different. They don’t offer that as an option. I do have a friend who is working on seeing if her husband can write a plugin for feedburner that would allow me to do that though. That would be the best, having a picture too I mean :)

  7. says

    It effects everyone who reads you through any reader, but you CAN put a photo prominent so people can get a clue as to what the post is about or what the project is going to be. I do it in mine, so I know it works. It may help people click through. I know without the photo I rarely click through. I clicked through today because I was curious as to the specifics about stolen content and why it would be specific to feeds. ? Why won’t/can’t the same people won’t steal the content straight off your blog? Is it just ease of feeds in terms of time…?

    • Stacy says

      How do you add a photo in the feedburner feed? I would LOVE to be able to do that. Please email me and let me know how you do it! Thanks!
      And to answer your question about the stealing, these big sites have pligin that are designed to copy and paste feed automatically. They rarely take the time to come to the site and take it manually. Of course it can still happen. But is much less likely to happen.

  8. says

    I’m not savvy enough about all this… is truncating your feed the same as having a jump break?
    What are the consequences to those @#%* site(s) that stole your content? It’s so disheartening! These posts represent sooooo much work, and to have someone just steal it and your traffic is reprehensible!

    • Stacy says

      I can send a request that they remove my content. But it is a pain to keep track of the sites and if they actually took it down. I am not sure what the steps are if they do not take it down. I have had friends report some sites to google but I am not sure if much came of it. Unfortunately it is harder to make things right than it is to do the dishonest deed.

  9. Roberta Kelly says

    I share some of your stuff and I hope I am doing it correctly so that you are not being violated…. I love some of the stuff yo have done and have inspired some great creative thinking and some ideas for things I hope to do one of these days…. as I am typing this — I see the door divider/screen which I hope to do a variation of some day for my crafting area…. Any way I try to make sure that when I share something that the person or site it came from is getting the credit….

    • Stacy says

      OH no, not at all! You are fine. I am talking about huge sites (not blogs) that steal entire feeds from blogs. You are so sweet and I appreciate you sharing my ideas. Links back are awesome.

    • Stacy says

      From what I understand they have plugins that steal entire feeds from the blogs they target. Then it gets published on their site with NO link back or credit. It gets pinned from their site and never allows their readers to know the original site. SO sad :(

  10. says

    I am wondering if there is a way to get the name of these sites published so that we don’t patronize them. I have know idea is any of the sites that I go to for ideas would be a site like your are speaking of and if they are I definitely don’t want to be a part of what they are doing. I think we as blogger need to somehow do something about this so they will stop-

  11. Andrea says

    I guess I’m not up on all the lingo and never realized that is what it meant. I always thought the email alert was to let me know there was a new post. It is just sad for the fact that there are dishonest people that do stuff like this…
    Regardless, it won’t stop me from reading the blogs I love and enjoy. <3

    • Stacy says

      Thank you :) If it were not for other bloggers and chats i see on FB I wouldn’t know about these things either.

  12. Meg says

    Well, I’m glad I know why you guys are doing it. I always assumed people were just trying to up their “click” count to make more advertising money.
    Sorry about those other websites. :(
    I don’t have a feeder or even know what it is. I’m just old school and check your blog daily and will continue to do so.

  13. Wendy says

    I’m a regular reader of your blog and am so sorry to hear of this. Thank you for sharing your ideas with us!

  14. says

    I just found your site by squinting through some larger text on a photo to read the address of your blog. It was a hilarious picture from the first day of school that someone pinned from The Meta Picture site. I’m not sure if that is what you are talking about, but I don’t think they linked to you. I can give you the link if you would like.

    Great blog, by the way! LOVE your ideas, and will have to put you in my bloglines. :)

  15. Pam the Goatherd says

    Do what you have to do to protect your work! As a writer myself I think people who steal the creative works of others should be put in stocks at a blogger convention with rotten fruit, etc. provided to all attendees to pelt the thieves with!

  16. says

    Hi, Stacy. Very sorry to hear that this is happening! As a fairly new and smaller blogger, this is the first I’ve heard of things like this. Would you mind emailing me and letting me know of some site examples that do this? I found one place (feedreader?) that looks like something you may be referring to, but I can’t tell for sure…I’m a little freaked out by the whole thing and would love some more insight…

  17. says

    Hi, Stacy

    Sorry you had to do this, but you had to do what is right to protect your blog. I learned something and I will be doing this as well. Thanks for sharing, it also seems to me other bloggers are doing the same thing. What a shame people have to be so dishonest.


  18. says

    That STINKS!!! No worries. I’ll just click over to your site and read your blog :-) I’m actually a new reader so I have quite a bit of reading to do to catch up!

  19. Nicole Stone says

    I’ll definitely keep “clicking through!” You do amazing things, and your instructions are relatable, and I think that I can even follow them :) Thanks for the explination on why you needed to change it! Keep up the great work, and I’ll be back with every post!!!

  20. says

    This very subject was all over Facebook today. Many bloggers, especially the more popular ones, are beginning to truncate their feeds. It’s out of necessity and other bloggers will understand. It’s the non-blogger who won’t. Personally I have never had a problem clicking a few times to get someplace. I don’t see what the big deal is. When readers say they don’t have literally 2 seconds to click over and read your post it makes me wonder why they are following blogs in the first place. We all know how time-consuming it is. Anyway, do what is necessary to protect your blog. Most of your readers will follow…and the ones who don’t are simply not worth thinking about.

  21. Elizabeth says

    Dear Stacy,
    Please know that there are some of us who enjoy your blog, but will not click over to the blog unless the summary seems interesting. I have over a hundred and more new RSS feeds each day. I will pass it over if it doesn’t seem interesting. A finished picture of a project would be enough, if that is possible, otherwise a succinct explanation would be good.

  22. says

    Hi I follow a lot of blogs and mainly read with google reader on a tablet, so a truncated feed is a bit of a pain. I understand that you do not want and should not have your content stolen. But was wondering is there not a way to embed or watermark a link to your posts in all your work. That way whenever its shared, pinned or even stolen the source would always remain. I have no idea if its possible but just an idea.

    • Stacy says

      As far as I know that doesn’t work. They can still take your posts from your feed. I will look in to it though :)