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Someone awhile back complained in a comment about my using the "continue reading" function so often with my posts instead of just writing one long entry that appears in toto on the main page, as many bloggers do. I answered him briefly under his comment, but I think it deserves more explanation. ...
The main reason is that I don't want people to read this as a linear blog. If you don't visit several times a day (God forbid, but I suppose some of you actually have a life), I want you to be able to scroll quickly through the posts you've missed to see if something catches your eye.
I also feel strongly that comments are often as important as my original entry, or more so. Getting readers to click on "continue reading" also brings up the comments; and if the first one is lively, you may just keep going. For instance, imagine missing the discussion under the post Restaurants and the Economy. It was far more entertaining and informative than my original entry.
And while I'm talking about this not being a linear blog, I hope you'll remember the search function to the right on the main page. It can be funky, but it's also helpful if you want to read past entries on, say, my road trip adventures. The Categories are helpful as well, as long as I remember to assign the entries to categories, which is by no means a given.
Finally, don't forget the archives if you're a new visitor or if you've missed a week because of vacation. It's interesting to go back to the beginning if only to see how shy posters were at first, and how some people went nuts over the Top Ten lists because others contribute or they thought I took kickbacks.
Either they finally get it, or they've just given up and gone away.