In the past, I used to believe that the WordPress Reader was the best feature that was ever created by WordPress.
Today, I am having second thoughts about it.
The WordPress Reader is like a double-edged sword — a feature that fills me with both joy and agony.
Did naughty gremlins from the underworld infest the WordPress Reader?
Or did the cyber-gangsters decide to make the viewing of the WordPress Reader a living hell?
You may have sensed that something is a bit off with the WordPress Reader (Now, before I get myself into some serious trouble with WordPress’s engineering staff, I would like to point out, that the WordPress Reader also has positive attributes and that the WordPress Reader is in no way an absolute failure).
Do All Of The Blogs That We Follow Show Up In The WordPress Reader?
One of my followers actually said to me, “I am following your blog, but it is not showing up in the WordPress Reader!”
I was somewhat baffled; I was unable to deduce the reason why my blog did not show up in their WordPress Reader.
Since they mentioned that to me, I have been wondering if there is some type of technological flaw in the WordPress Reader that causes us not to see some of the posts from people that we follow.
For the record, my blog posts do show up in other people’s WordPress Reader.
While there are posts that go missing from some people occasionally in the WordPress Reder, there are blogs from other people that never show up on it.
What I do know for a fact, is that a person’s blog will not show up in the WordPress Reader if:
- They are using more than fifteen tags or categories.
- Their blog has been flagged by someone (or some people) as being mature or offensive.
- They have set their blog to be private or they hid their blog from the view of search engines.
- They misused the tag feature.
- Their blog’s language does not match their account’s interface language.
It is advisable, that all bloggers should familiarize themselves with WordPress’s User Guidelines (Which will prevent bloggers from landing themselves into trouble).
If your blog stopped showing up entirely in the WordPress Reader, you have a serious problem on your hands — one that only a Happiness Engineer can rectify.
People Wilfully Or Unknowingly Tag Their Posts Incorrectly
Oh, I have certainly seen my fair share of incorrectly tagged posts in the WordPress Reader (That sort of thing happens on a regular basis).
Whenever I want to check out blog posts that are related to “Blogging Tips” I would look for them under the appropriate tag and the same applies to blog posts that are related to “WordPress.”
All WordPress users know, that “Blogging Tips” and “WordPress” are two highly popular tags (And, a lot of bloggers have been using those two tags correctly as well as incorrectly).
In the past, I read a blog post about cleaning up after your dog whenever they defecate in a public area; it was a wonderful post that provided dog owners with useful advice, but the advice had nothing at all to do with “Blogging Tips.”
I also perused a blog post that was filled with lovely poetry; it had the “WordPress” tag and it had nothing at all to do with it.
I believe that some bloggers are abusing tags with the intentions of acquiring more incoming views, while there are those bloggers that are totally ignorant of their mistakes.
As bloggers, we need to keep the reader in mind; for example, if the reader wanted to solve a particular problem that they are having with Ubuntu, they would search the tags, “Ubuntu” and “Linux.” But, if they searched those two tags and they found an article on how to tie one’s shoelaces, they would be deeply disappointed or extremely annoyed.
It is utterly obvious, that the corresponding tags are supposed to be related to the subject.
Therefore, it would be wise of all bloggers to be mindful of the types of tags that they attach to their blog posts.
Some People Are In The Habit Of Spamming The WordPress Reader
It is a sad fact, that there are some bloggers who misuse various tags and spam the WordPress Reader with numerous one-line blog posts that are filled with links (Those people are not adding any sort of value to the WordPress Reader; they are actually making things worse by being a nuisance to the other people that utilize the WordPress Reader).
Could you imagine seeing, via the WordPress Reader, a single blogger who updated their blog approximately every eleven minutes?
Scrolling all the way down with the intentions of finding a legitimate blog post annoys the hell out of me. I should not have the cause to endure that kind of punishment (As far as I am concerned, it would be unfair of any blogger to experience that sort of thing).
We bloggers can do our part by reporting those spammers to the WordPress staff.
I want sanity to re-enter the WordPress Reader once again.
By the way, there is also the option of blocking the offending site on your WordPress Reader (But, blocking them is not enough because those spammers will continue to spam the WordPress Reader if they are not reported).
How do you feel about certain bloggers spamming the WordPress Reader?
And, have you ever reported a spammy WordPress blog to the staff of WordPress?
The WordPress Reader Will Always Be Useful
Like many of you, I am in the habit of utilizing the WordPress Reader with the intentions of locating blogs that I am interested in.
What types of blogs am I interested in?
I am interested in blogs that are passionate about:
- Educating the reader about health-related topics
- Reviewing various types of books.
- Reviewing movies and television shows.
- Carrying out the creation of prompts.
- Dealing with things of a metaphysical and spiritual nature.
- Enlightening people on ways in which they can improve their blog.
- Dealing with music.
- Highlighting beautiful photography.
- Venturing deeply into the area of Linux.
- Showcasing poetry.
- Discussing psychology.
There is always a high probability of me finding whatever it is that I want to see via the WordPress Reader (They are easily found because the bloggers went out of their way to tag their blog posts correctly).
As a WordPress user, you have probably used the WordPress Reader to your advantage by finding fabulous bloggers to interact with (That happens to be one of the reasons why the WordPress Reader was created).
So, in spite of a few annoyances, one can still have a bit of fun with their WordPress Reader.
Technology, on the whole, is not perfect; which is the reason why technical difficulties tend to jump out of the proverbial woodwork (Therefore, it would be unfair to get angry with the creators of the WordPress Reader).
We can always forward our technical issues to the Happiness Engineers and they will, in turn, do their best to rectify our issue with the WordPress Reader in a timely manner.
And, I want the newcomers to WordPress to always remember, that if they exceed fifteen tags or categories, their blog will not show up in the WordPress Reader (In a lot of instances, they are the ones who are responsible for their blogs not showing up in the WordPress Reader).
We must also do our part by informing the WordPress staff of those blogs that abuse tags and those blogs that spam the hell out of the WordPress Reader.
The WordPress Reader can become lots of fun again by keeping the delinquents out.
You would not allow murderers, thieves and drug pushers to take over your neighbourhood.
So, why should we allow shady characters to send the WordPress Reader down the gutter?