Thursday, August 30, 2012

EBTKS Link Party & Truncate Poll

Hey everyone!

Have you guys been bombarded with posts regarding "scrapers" and truncating blogs? I've noticed a definite trend going around about these scrapers stealing blog content and claiming them as their own. Now, I would like to find out if this has been happening to me, but I don't really want to go and search it out, either. That's sort of feeding fuel to the fire to me. If ya'll have ever stumbled on something from here and noticed it's not getting proper credit, I'd love to know! There are ways to find out, Thrifty Decor Chick will tell you these blog names if you leave a comment. Also, The Shabby Creek Cottage will even tell you how to go about protecting your site and your feeds (which I have done). But, I'm sort of wondering what you guys think about this? Will you continue to read A Little Knick Knack if the blog posts are truncated? Will you continue to read if you have to click over through you email subscirption? I hope you'll let me know through this....

....that's right! My very own poll! (Wow, already noticed a little spelling error in the poll. Sigh. It's been a long morning folks). So, before you jump onto the party, I hope you'll take a second to leave some feedback. I am in no ways trying to make reading my blog harder for you guys. I want it easy, breezy and fun! No stress. But, I also want to protect what's mine. I am anxious to hear your thoughts on the matter and see what happens in the end.

 Now, let's move on to happier things. Like camping. What could be more fun than camping? Well, I can think of about a million and one things that are more fun, but my kids and husband sure can't! So, with the last free weekend before school we are camping for 2 nights in the lone wilderness. Picture a rustic fire...some coyotes howling in the background (wow, I hope not), some black marshmallows on a stick. Ah, good times. Now, ask me how I'm going to do this with 3 kids and a 4 month old baby? I'll tell you when we get back.

 Ok, enough dawdling. Let's start the party! Remember to comment and have fun!


  1. Hi, Meg! I am truncating mine. I was in the initial convo where one of our blog friends found out her posts were being stolen. A bunch of us searched around, and sure enough a few of mine were too. I was so upset. Then the next day, all of the bigger bloggers did the whole copy, paste, steal thing and got the convo going. I am only going to truncate my tutorial posts...have a nice shot, then a read more for the full tutorial. We work to hard to have someone else take credit for our projects.

  2. Thanks for hosting again, I'm happy to be linking here.
    I haven't decided yet if I will be truncating mine or not...I think I'll wait and see a little while longer.

  3. I thought about truncating, but it wasn't worth it (to me.)

    I refuse to let someone else dictate my behavior especially to the detriment of my blog. Instead I am watermarking the heck out of my photos, back linking to myself dozens of times in each post and also referring to myself and my blog name in the text of my posts. I have also put a disclaimer on my RSS feed.

    If people want to steal your content, they will find a way. It may be harder, but it isn't impossible. And I look at people who steal content and make montages on Pinterest, and they aren't getting it from your RSS feed. They even take time to crop out your watermarks. So what do you then? Stop posting completely? Where does it end?

    I personally HATE the idea that someone is profiting off my content, but I am not going to shoot myself in the foot to stop them. They may be making some money off my content, but by truncating, I am LOSING money by losing readers. It is like cutting off your nose to spite your face.


  4. It took Google and me about 30 seconds to discover that there are dozens of ways to circumvent truncated RSS feeds and see the full post in Google Reader. Many have you put the blog’s URL into their web site and they come back with a new link for you to put in your reader. Then they retrieve the post and feed it into your reader in full. This service is free to the user. Since I don’t believe they are staying up nights worrying about people facing truncated feeds, they must be getting something out of it. You could surmise from this that truncating provides just another way for thieves to profit from your hard work and still gives scrapers access to your full post in Reader while you risk angering/losing readers and reducing traffic to your blog. I would call this a lose/lose situation.

  5. Hi, Meg. This is a touch subject isn't it? Thanks for the lovely party.

  6. Thank you so much for the party! Have a great weekend!

  7. Thanks for hosting, Meg!
    Finally linked up... having computer problems :(

  8. Thanks for hosting! I linked up my post on beef broth for GAPS:


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