WORDPRESS READER UPDATE
It looks like the WordPress reader is changing again.
I like scrolling through my WordPress reader to check out recent posts from blogs that I follow. I spend time every day reading several posts.
It’s always a shock to the system when the layout or functionality of the WordPress reader changes.
Here are a few things I notice with the current WordPress reader update:
- Who wrote the post? I must really squint to see who the blogger is. Is this good or bad? It’s easy to fall into the habit of looking for your favorite bloggers, sometimes ignoring other posts. Will this help focus more on what looks interesting than who wrote it? But there are some magical bloggers, no matter what they write, we know it’s going to be worth a read, and we get excited when we see their posts.
- Presently, if you proceed to click on a post that you’re not sure if you want to read in its entirety, the reader screen opens full screen, rather than in a window. And once it’s opened, the options have moved around and changed. I really don’t like this; it lacks visual appeal, and it’s hard to find any options. Tip: Skip the middle man. Click the link just under where it says There’s More. This will save you a click and you can read the post on the actual website instead of in your reader.
- The word count was replaced with estimated reading time, like 20 sec read or 3 min read.
- Visually, the layout has changed, too. Maybe it’s more mobile friendly. But it looks ridiculous on my very large monitor, with huge empty sidebar areas.
How do you feel about the WordPress reader changes?
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