How to Truncate a Post in Blogger

i’ve been hearing about truncating a lot lately, so Saturday morning while i was feeding Baby H bright and early, i decided to figure it out. {for those who don’t know, Truncating is basically adding a Page Break to your post so that only the first snippet of your post is showing on your Home Page. to view the entire post, readers need to click ‘Read More’ to be taken to the rest of the post} i was happily surprised at how stinkin easy blogger makes truncating! here’s the quick how-to:

 waaaay to easy, huh?!

from what i understand, truncating helps your posts show up higher in online searches giving you a better SEO {Search Engine Optimization}, helps your blog load faster, and makes computers like your site better. **once again let me remind you, i am not computer savvy gal! i don’t know the technical terms for everything and there’s probably a lot more to what truncating does that i don’t understand. i simply know that it is a good thing for a blog and i wanted to share what i learned so other bloggers in the same ‘technology challenged boat’ as me, can figure it out!}**

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Hi! I'm Linda, the craft addict behind Craftaholics Anonymous®, a craft blog. Crafting is cheaper than therapy, right? When I'm not DIYing something, I can be found taxiing around our 4 crazy kids or working out. Or shoe shopping... because you can never have too many shoes! Happy crafting! ♥

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  1. 1

    I've been noticing more and more blogs doing this, and as much as I appreciate the reasons, I can't help but not like truncating. I actually like having the whole sha-bang at my fingertips! I find that if I have to "click here to read more" I will often just move on. I know it's bad, but I do. So…that said, I'm torn on this issue. Yes, I want more readers for my (too) tiny blog, but I also want to keep the people who stop by and take a peek. Maybe if I ever get to a larger number of page views, followers and reader traffic it will be something to consider. Thanks so much for posting this!!!

  2. 2
    MaryJanes and Galoshes

    I agree with angelfitch. I don't like having to click to read more. I actually considered doing this a while back too but I took a poll of my readers and got a lot of feedback. Doesn't work well for those who use readers, ect. You might be surprised what people are thinking about this.

  3. 3
    Rachel B.

    This is great! It took me an embarrassingly long time to realize that I couldn't see any of the same buttons as you had in your page view because I still had my settings on "old editor" . . . oops :-) I've got it all figured out now! Yay!

  4. 4
    Two Shades of Pink

    Not to follow trends…but I too am NOT a fan. I like everything right there as well and I move on when I see it…unless I really, really want to read more. But I too am so grateful for this post because I did not know all the benefits. Or how to do it. But I think I will stay OLD SCHOOL for now. I have a feeling this may generate a lot of comments. I will be interested to see what others say too! :)

  5. 5
    Wendy @ Ramblings from the Sunshine State

    I totally agree, I don't like having to click something to continue reading.

  6. 6

    I recently figured this out and love it. If I haven't visited a blog in a few days it's nice to skim the posts and see which ones I want to read. I also figured out the 'linked within' and that was a big moment for me. I too am not computer savvy.

  7. 7

    I'm torn on this one, on the one hand I do use a blog reader and I absolutely will not follow the jump unless the post is something of interest to me. But at the same time, when I'm just blog browsing, If I have to scroll through your 30 pictures of your San Diego vacation to get to your next project, I'm just going to move on. I use jumps on my blog for this reason.

  8. 8
    Amy @ Flowery Fashion

    Oooooh, SO cool! Thanks for sharing– makes me want to go post something to try it out! :)

  9. 9
    Amanda @ Serenity Now

    I'm with Katie…very torn on the idea. I LOVE the idea of finding ways to make my blog more appealing to search engines, loading faster, etc. BUT, as a reader I really really hate having to take any extra steps to read and/or comment on someone's post. That's why I haven't added it yet to my own blog…but I am torn!

  10. 10

    yeah, kind of a pain for anyone using a reader. Posts just are not as likely to get read if I can't see them all at once in google reader. It is nice that it's pretty easy to do it in case people are interested in it – so thanks for sharing. But I agree with the others, not very fun to have to go to a site when the point of a reader is to streamline things.

  11. 11

    very cool! thanks for sharing!!


  12. 12
    Kandy P

    maybe a happy medium would be only using this on long blogs? i'll think about that…

  13. 13

    Lately, I've seen several blogs where the first two or three posts are viewed in full, with the rest of the page jumped.
    I think that's kind of an interesting take on it, but I don't think Blogger will let you do that without a lot of extra coding. In any case, I don't follow jumps either, unless I'm really into what is being presented… And most of the time, I'm just… not…

  14. 14
    Tara C. Wheeler

    I use a reader so I get the synopsis on posts that way. :-) I just scroll through and click on the ones that intrigue me. I too agree with others, I don't usually click on "read more" when I'm just browsing. Thank you though for being so willing to share your smarts and hearing our complaints. lol

  15. 15
    Lee Ann

    I felt bad when I came to comment as I was going to share that I wasn't keen on the idea, but seeing as I'm not alone I will speak up lol. I tend to just move on rather than click to read more, I tend to read on my iPod, while on the go, and like Reading one post after another. If I have to click it means I don't often have time to read everything so I just close the window x

  16. 16

    I had no idea truncating was "polite" blogging etiquette! I guess I'm going to have to give it a try! Thanks for the tip!

  17. 17
    Jillian and Claire

    I agree! I'm so much more likely to do a project or read a post if the whole thing is laid out with no page break… But nice tutorial!

  18. 18

    I appreciate that you have shared the "How Tos" of this process. I'm not sure I will use it, but I've bookmarked it just in case. Personally, I think you should handle your blog the way you want.

  19. 19

    This was so helpful! Thank you so much. I was racking my brain trying to figure out how to cut and make the ‘read-more’ button for my blog. It was sort of stressing me out! Thank you. Super easy.

  20. 20

    Love, love, love this! Gonna have to apply it to our site this evening or tomorrow!