More changes to the WordPress Reader…

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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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Chris McMullen

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65 comments on “More changes to the WordPress Reader…

  1. There is no longer a time stamp telling you how long ago the post posted so you can’t find gaps of missing posts. I’m reading your post in the reader now and I cannot view my comment as I type as only line can be read. The posts have shrunk so they are very hard to see. Yee Gads who decides stuff like this. It is also hard to see whose post you’re looking at. This seems to be a space maximer for WP and a space compacter for blogs.

  2. I hate it! Argh! Reblogging is totally messed up. I had to click on three links to get to the original post and then back up to get out of it and back to reader. Half of the posts no longer show the images, it seems. YUCK. I’m too old to learn new tricks 😦

  3. I’ve missed all this Chris because I’ve been reading from my email lately. Soon I’ll get over there to check this out because I really did like my reader the way it was. ~Elle

  4. Oh great, they’re experimenting…again.:(

    I was going to say ‘why don’t they get a focus group?’ Then I realised that they have. We’re it. Free users get the beta crap so the paying customers can avoid the frustration.

  5. I’m not even sure who this update was targeting to “help;” especially the notes about the wasted screen space. It looks pretty ridiculous on my screen to have a maximized browser window with a tiny block of text in the middle. I’m guessing this was done to “enhance” mobile users’ experience somehow… though I’m an Imperialist swine, who says “stop visiting via Chrome mobile and just download a reader app already. Quite. *sniff sniff*”

    The part that gets me is the “reading time” note, though. I mean, do I really need to know that? Are we to the point in our day where we must consider how long an article might take to read so we may plan accordingly? Are there people out there who see a title or the snippet and say “Aha! This looks intere… oh. It says it will take me three minutes to read. Well, gosh, I’ve only got seventy seconds to spare. Guess I’ll skip it.”

  6. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Thanks for the heads up Chris.. Don’t get me wrong there is a lot about WP that is great and compared to some blog sites it is much easier to navigate but I do dread it when the Happiness Engineers decide to tweak and twerk with what is actually working okay…. I am sure that there are purists out there that are tech gods not just tech geeks but for those of us more digitally challenged, please, if it ain’t broke… don’t fix it!!!

  7. Thanks Chris. I just tried it with great difficulty. I don’t like it either. You don’t know whose post it is. You might as well go to each blog to read. I agree also with Smorgasbord – why change it? If it ain’t broke…don’t fix it.

  8. I’m a VERY fast reader. I’m offended by their useless number – who estimates these things? It’s just a stupid algorithm dividing total words by some arbitrary number of theirs – instead of letting me decide. Pah!

  9. I haven’t actually seen it yet, Chris, although I’ve heard a lot about it. I’m dreading taking a look… It really seems to have set the cat amongst the pigeons!

  10. I’ve been on WP for years and didn’t realize they even had a reader.

    I’m reading your posts on Feedly, which I joined after Google Reader died, and they come up just fine.

  11. This is not particularly about the reader but I had to disengage my Grammarly Google Extension because it would not let me post my answers in the right hand drop down menu from the top WP menu. It always worked before, until this weekend. I was disappointed in that. That right hand message drop down is a pain. Have you had issues with it, or is it just me? Thanks, Chris.

  12. I really can’t understand why after you click like or make a comment that the post does not drop off from the feed because if you accidentally click somewhere during your reader experience, it will close the window! Ugh! Then you have to scroll through what you just read yet again and I just won’t do that, therefore, I’m in WP less than I usually am.

    • I’ve been waiting to see if it changes again before I run over there. I saw that the blogger’s picture is larger now, which helps to see who posted what. Thank you for the link.

  13. It seems WordPress is always meddling with something on that site. I’m with Chris and Nicholas here; many of the blogs I subscribe to by email, although they are many, like you, at least I can scroll and go to my favourites first. πŸ™‚

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