Do You Still Like WordPress?

Those of us that have spent quite a long time on WordPress would have come to the conclusion that WordPress is one of a kind.

However, there are those moments when glitches become overbearing (My blog post, WordPress And Their Glitches, highlights some of the technical issues that we WordPress bloggers have faced).

Okay, WordPress is not perfect.

Hey, as a matter of fact, no other blogging platform on the world wide web is perfect.

As a blogger, you will have to put up with the nuances of your chosen blogging platform.

Now, in spite of the various nuances, we will always find a way to have fun.

The WordPress Reader Is Wonderful

When I first explored the WordPress Reader, I said to myself, “Wow! This is cool!”

Why did I utter that phrase?

I uttered it because the WordPress Reader impressed me.

I liked the idea of using the WordPress Reader to find blog posts that I was interested in; which was done by simply typing in the type of blog that I wanted to find via the Add a tag section of the WordPress Reader.

And, the best part of all, was coming across the latest blog posts from the people that I was following on WordPress.

For the record, the feed on your WordPress Reader only becomes annoying when certain bloggers publish numerous blog posts in a very short space of time.

In my case, I do not mind seeing numerous blog posts from my fellow bloggers on my WordPress Reader once they are published hours apart.

Oh, and then there is the case of people’s blog posts not showing up on the WordPress Reader; my blog post, WordPress Reader — The Double-Edged Sword, explains some of the reasons why that sort of thing transpires.

I have a strong feeling that a lot of us would not have stayed long on WordPress if the WordPress Reader was not invented.

And, why is that the case?

Because the WordPress Reader helps other bloggers on WordPress to locate our blog by searching the relevant tag.

Most bloggers that I know hate blogging in vain; they want their blog posts to be seen by audiences worldwide (I cannot blame them because they devoted a lot of their time into creating content for other people to peruse).

Also, WordPress would be boring as hell if the WordPress Reader was nonexistent.

So, the WordPress Reader is one of those features that makes WordPress highly interesting.

WordPress Has The “Like” Button

The Like button is ideal for the fellow blogger who is a bit shy or for someone who merely wants to let the owner of the blog know that they enjoyed their blog post and does not want to comment.

Now, while I appreciate comments more than likes, I adhere to the belief, that no one should be forced to leave a comment; it is something that the blogger must do on their own volition.

On the downside, there are people who abuse the Like button; they press it without reading the content that we published (Due to this type of unscrupulous behaviour, some bloggers have disabled the Like button).

The Like button is one of those features that make WordPress unique.

I used to blog on Blogger many years ago and anyone who has ever blogged on Blogger knows that Blogger does not have a Like button.

Damn! WordPress is lucky in this respect!

WordPress Bloggers Are Highly Supportive Of Each Other

Once a blogger discovers content on a blog that they like, they will follow it with the intention of coming across more content that is similar to what they liked.

Also, WordPress is like one big happy family; its family members are known to:

  • Read the blog posts from those bloggers that they are following.
  • Press the Like button underneath the blog posts that they genuinely liked from their fellow bloggers.
  • Leave valuable comments in the comments section of their favourite bloggers.

Now, the above is usually the case for the blogger who is following a number of blogs that they can actually keep up with.

Unfortunately, bloggers tend to lose touch with each other when they end up following way too many bloggers; which results in them not having enough time to visit that blog of yours.

On a positive note, WordPress bloggers are usually highly supportive of each other.

People Have Mixed Feelings About WordPress Displaying Advertisements On Their Blog

Everyone knows that WordPress displays advertisements on all of the blogs that fall under the free plan; which are WordPress subdomains.

The only way that a blogger can rid themselves of those unwanted advertisements is to upgrade their plan (And, there are numerous bloggers who do not want to take that route).

I am currently utilizing the free plan; therefore, I expect WordPress to display their advertisements on my blog.

Besides, WordPress needs to make money in some form or fashion.

There are people who are okay with the idea of WordPress displaying their advertisements on their blog, while there are those people who despise that sort of thing.

In most instances, a person who does not want to see advertisements displayed on their blog will either upgrade their plan or blog somewhere else.

When I blogged on Blogger, Google did not force any of their advertisements on my blog.

Anyway, Automattic — WordPress’s parent company, is calling all of the shots (And, we have to abide by their rules because we are using their service to house our blogs).

I would also like to add, that the people who chose to blog on the self-hosted version of WordPress from day one, are the people who are in full control of all the aspects of their blog. Therefore, the only advertisements that you see on their blog are those that they have chosen to make money off of via the monetization of their blog.

Oh, well. The saying, “We only get what we pay for,” is indeed true in this instance.

WordPress Have Become Somewhat Lazy In Rolling Out New Themes

When was the last time that you saw a new theme on WordPress.com?

Probably ages ago!

When I first joined WordPress many years ago (which was the time period of my first WordPress blog), WordPress was in the habit of rolling out new themes on a regular basis.

Why is it that they are hardly rolling out new themes today?

Does it have anything to do with the fact, that a lot of the bloggers do not like the newer batch of Block Editor-friendly themes?

I guess that the only people that are capable of answering those two questions effectively, would be the people that are a part of Automattic’s management team.

By the way, you can check out my blog post, WordPress.com’s New Collection Of Themes Are Depressing, to find out what it is that I think about the new themes that are currently available.

Hey, if you want full control over the way your blog looks, you will have to set up a blog on the self-hosted version of WordPress; this is done by uploading a premium theme and customizing it to your liking.

If you do not have the finances to go self-hosted, you can always utilize Blogger.

A lot of people wrongfully believe that they can only use Blogger’s default themes (Which are a bit dated where looks are concerned).

The truth is that anyone on Blogger has the freedom of uploading their own theme to their blog (The tech-savvy ones have the option of creating their own and those who are not tech-savvy can purchase Blogger themes from third-party sources).

The Happiness Engineers Handle All Of The Technical Aspects Of WordPress.com

The Happiness Engineers are the folks that work arduously at making sure that blogs along with the various features, run smoothly on WordPress.com.

Where the self-hosted version of WordPress is concerned, the blogger is the one who is actually responsible for their blog’s wellbeing; such as:

  • Making sure that their widgets are up-to-date.
  • Making sure that their chosen plugins are up-to-date.
  • Making sure that they have updated their blog to the latest version of WordPress.

The above things are not easy for the average blogger to accomplish; which is the reason why the person who opts for going self-hosted is usually tech-savvy in nature.

Those of us that are on WordPress.com need to count our blessings.

Why?

Because the Happiness Engineers have made it possible for us to concentrate our energies on creating content for our blog without being bogged down by all of the technical aspects of running a blog on WordPress.

Final Thoughts

Well, in all honesty, I still like WordPress.

I know that WordPress.com is not perfect; it would be plagued by the occasional glitches (Which is something the Happiness Engineers are capable of rectifying).

I have also learned to live with the following things:

  • The mild nuances of the WordPress Reader.
  • People utilizing the Like button responsibly as well as people abusing the Like button.
  • People finding the time to support my blog as well as people losing touch with my blog due to they following way too many blogs.
  • WordPress displaying advertisements on my blog.
  • WordPress lazily rolling out new themes.

Please feel free to share your thoughts via the comments section of my blog and most importantly, thank you for reading!

128 thoughts on “Do You Still Like WordPress?

  1. For me the pros of WordPress far outweigh the cons. As for the Like button, most of the time it doesn’t seem that difficult to spot the people who are abusing it, and I’m content to ignore those and appreciate the rest.

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    1. 🙂 Thank you for sharing that with me, Ashleyleia.

      I also agree that it is possible to spot those people that abuse the “Like” button.

      And, you are definitely right about the pros outweighing the cons where WordPress.com is concerned!

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  2. Good thoughts on this platform, Renard! I have been using WP possibly since day one, it has become much better however there are a few rotten eggs. As you said the new themes for us .COM users never roll out fast enough. The choices are often lame and remind me of 1990’s themes.

    About the ads, they flat out **** me off. I detest any form of adverts on any platform across the board including TV and radio broadcasting. I use a seriously good ad blocker that I can pick out the ads here on WP and elsewhere and remove them, goodbye. As far as I am concerned with ads here, shame on WP for ruining this wonderful platform with that trash.

    I find that most of my followers are very supportive of my photography whilst others don’t come around at all, they are systematically removed once in a while, a simple task. I also do not permit businesses or spam accounts to follow so they are picked off a few times a day like beer cans with a .22 long gun haha!

    The Like button is fine with me, it’s a nice indicator of who my regulars are along with their comments. I have considered switching it off but have not done this to date. And yes, it can be easily abused by viewers just skimming to the bottom of the page and hitting Like. I suspect spammers and businesses are more likely to do this crap.

    The Reader? I never use it. In fact I wish more people would visit the actual website than use that stupid thing. It is of course an efficient tool for blog surfing yet I am a purist you can say and prefer to view only the real thing or websites.

    Overall, WP is still the best of the web for blogging but they seriously need to bring out some new, better looking themes with improved functionality. And stop capping us with such a tiny storage space and then trying to force that horrid $300 per year Business plan down our throats. I tried it twice, twice it broke my theme and the funtions were’t working either. Way to go, WP. Greedy…

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    1. 🙂 Thank you, John.

      In regards to the WordPress Reader, there is the “Visit” tab at the bottom that a WordPress blogger could click on to visit other WordPress blogs directly.

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  3. I HATE the block editor so I access the classic formatting option. Are there themes that are ‘classic formatting’ only? Boy would I like one of those. I like the ‘like’ button because I rarely comment because – no one actually wants to have a discussion in comments, they only want people to agree with them – since I often have a different take on things, I don’t comment often. I enjoy photography and art blogs and let’s face it how often can you say “Great photo” – so the Like button it is. Since I blog merely for my own amusement I really don’t care about any of this LOL (I like to read about technical stuff, it just doesn’t apply to me) Except for that #@#* block editor thingy.

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  4. I started out on Blogger. Then I tried TypePad before moving to WordPress. WordPress has its flaws, but I still think it’s much better than Blogger and TypePad. As to the ads, I pay extra for the “personal” plan, which eliminates those annoying ads.

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  5. I love WordPress, even with its glitches! They came out with several business themes, perhaps over a year ago. Recently, they came out with the 2020 theme and a few others. The key is to find a theme to showcase your blog. There were a couple of themes I was using that had a lot of widget areas and extra perks. Well, WordPress retired them and I had to scramble to find a new theme. It took 2 days for me to find a theme that I felt suited my blog. I was in a real tither and got behind in posting and commenting. Finally, I found a theme that worked for me. I post a weekly event and it’s important that it publish on time and I can respond in a timely manner.

    WordPress is going through a lot of behind the scenes changes due to the new editor and other things. If you are interested in WordPress events, etc., you can subscribe to the WordPress Tavern – https://wptavern.com/block-lab-team-joins-wp-engine-looks-to-the-future-of-block-building.

    As usual, a well-written and informative post, Renard.

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    1. 🙂 Thank you for your valuable input, Eugenia.

      That “Twenty Twenty” theme has been out for a while and I have to admit that it is awful-looking.

      I look for new WordPress themes about approximately every two days.

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  6. Hi Renard. I still like WordPress. On the subject of themes and self hosted, the choice is almost too much. My new theme doesn’t do everything I want it to do, but it’s the closest I will get for now. I like to change my theme occasionally so I can learn new things.
    I also like the new blocks editor. I thought it was good right from the start, but I know some people took a while to get used to it. Hope you are keeping safe and well 🙂

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    1. 🙂 Thank you for sharing your point of view, Marie-Céline.

      I will admit, that the Block Editor came a long way; it was very buggy when it was first introduced.

      Yes, my friend, I am indeed safe and well.

      May you have a safe and enjoyable weekend!

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      1. Thank you! I agree the Block Editor has improved a lot. I don’t know if it’s the same for you, but I don’t have the “related posts” block anymore. It was handy sometimes to add them halfway down a post. I know there’s still the option to add them at the end, but that doesn’t display well on my theme …

        Glad you are well. Thank you for your good wishes. Enjoy your weekend too!

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  7. I like the things you mentioned above, Renard. We all know that WP aren’t perfect enough for us bloggers who always want was best for our blog site. Still you manage to find good things like the WP Reader despite those imperfections.
    Actually even I hates WP displaying ads on my site, maybe because it was a free blog. Still it sucks 🤦🏼‍♀️

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  8. In favour of WP, be it the older themes but yeah the WP reader and the friendly blogging atmosphere keeps it alive. 👍
    Thank you for this wonderful post. 😊🙂🌞

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  9. “For the record, the feed on your WordPress Reader only becomes annoying when certain bloggers publish numerous blog posts in a very short space of time.”

    A) I never used the Reader, don’t even know what tf it is
    B) guilty as charged as I publicise various posts each day. Up to 10 sometimes. 🙂

    “On the downside, there are people who abuse the Like button; they press it without reading the content that we published (Due to this type of unscrupulous behaviour, some bloggers have disabled the Like button).”

    I wouldn’t necessarily call it ‘unscrupulous’. I see the Like button not as an individual praise of a single post but more as a recognition of the blogger’s work. More like a positive feedback: “Hey, I was here, I’ve seen your shit! You’re not blogging into the void, not shouting into empty rooms!”
    That’s why I always hit the Like, even if I dislike the content or the style of a blog.

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      1. I am still confused whether I like it or not. I opted for a premium version with .com but when I search on internet people suggest that .org is better. So I don’t know whether .com is worth the money I paid or not.

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            1. 🙂 WordPress.org is the self-hosted version of WordPress; it requires the services of a hosting provider in order for your blog to be fully functional.

              Yes, WordPress.org is way better where freedom is concerned. However, you would need to choose a hosting plan that is most appropriate for you.

              It also requires way more work than being on WordPress.com.

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              1. i have a friend that made the switch to org and it was a nightmare for him, the transition wasn’t smooth and he realized reader wasn’t integral anymore. He pretty much gave up on it

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                1. 🙂 Yes, it was a nightmare for other people too; some of those people who switched to WordPress.org made their way back to WordPress.com.

                  I would also like to mention, that there are people who have a wonderful time on the self-hosted version of WordPress.

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  10. I came from Blogger, so the WordPress Reader is something that impressed me when I transferred my site to WordPress. It’s much easier to read blog posts from bloggers that I followed and commenting is WAY EASIER!

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  11. Having tried dozens of platforms over the last couple of decades wordpress is by far the best free option I found. An ad blocker in your browser wipes out most adverts.
    The admin panel is logical and the documentation about wordpress is good. As a comparison I once set up a joomla on a home server, but could not figure out how to post.

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  12. Most of the time I post to my WordPress blog via e-mail. I really like that feature.

    I wanted to add a new blog (one for tech stuff and one for “rants and raves”), but couldn’t find a way to do that. Perhaps a new page on my existing blog?

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  13. Yes, you are right, Renard. There are pros and cons of WordPress. I like the reader tab so that we can connect with amazing bloggers around the world. Well written.

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  14. yes when people post multiple times its annoying (on the rare occasion i post 3 things a day) it bothers me more when the only way i can follow someone is via email then my email is hopelessly clogged up.

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  15. I started out on Blogger, then switched to Word Press. WP is much easier to use, and the interaction with fellow bloggers is wonderful. So far, I still don’t understand the Reader. I get all notices by email, and that works for me.
    Thanks for always having great information and tips for blogging, Renard. 🙂

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  16. I like wordpress too! Although I am new and might not be able to compare it much with other blogging platforms. The points you mentioned gave me new isights.
    100 votes for the blogger community and the love, because I have definitely received it!! 🙂

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  17. Thanks for sharing this. Yes! I still like WordPress, of course! I owe to this site a lot.😁 This is where I started my blogging journey. And when your fellow bloggers become your consistent companion like you’re exchanging thoughts and ideas already, I mean that’s a lot! And I’m blessed I’ve found WordPress too.😍

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  18. all great reasons for using WordPress. I would also add that the Happiness Engineers (aka tech support) have always been quite helpful when I have had to contact them…

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  19. I echo the sentiments of several other commenters. The pros by far outweigh the cons. My only regret is not creating my WordPress blog earlier. I’ve really enjoyed the 3 years I’ve been on here. I’ve met some really great writers whose content I eagerly look forward to. Reader really makes the WordPress experience. I can waste hours on WordPress some nights, but I guess that’s better than spending it on Instagram and most social media.

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  20. What a great post! I’m very happy with WordPress. May 9th is my one year anniversary with them, and I have no regrets about choosing them as a platform for my blog. They made it so easy for me, and they go out of their way to help me when I need it.

    I love the Reader tab too, but it is a little perplexing why I only see a hand full of the bloggers I follow. As soon as I’m done with this message, I’m going to click on your link to an article that will explain this to me because I never see your blog on there. I get emails instead.

    Thank you for your great articles about blogging. I’ve taken them all to heart. 🙂

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  21. Informative Renard Moreau.Thank you
    WP Reader is really helpful for a quick glance and any post found interesting ,one can always select ‘visit to read the post.The problem with reader is when a blogger posts too many articles ( more than 2 )in a short span of time,the ‘reader’ gets overwhelmed and one loses interest in further scrolling down.

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  22. For me, the biggest issue comes in the editors. Classic seems basic, and Basic seems.. well… Classic. What’s going on there, WordPress? Blocks used to work so smoothly at one time and I could shuffle blocks around as much as I wanted to. The Classic editor suddenly got a very simplified look and that no longer seems to be an option.

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      1. I’d surely say so. Blocks looked great before and suddenly all of the normal add-ins have disappeared or are hard to find.

        You’re more than welcome, Renard.

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  23. I love WordPress – it’s a little glitchy at times but that’s okay can live with that because it’s the community that I really connect with. Best social media community going I would say. Great post.

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  24. I’ve been blogging on wordpress for four years now. I was under a different site name then and made the decision to use my own name and really pick up when the lock down happened a month ago and with all this time on my hands I find it easy to chill and connect with bloggers and grow in a community that is so welcoming. It feels new because I was doing all the wrong things in the four years that I was there. I decided to come back to this again because you genuinely receive so much in terms of constructive criticism . Everyone is frickin’ supportive it’s fantastic to be a part of this community. I own a self hosted website too and between the two, I think I’d choose wordpress.com only and only becuase of the community and how much I can interact with people. (I realize my comment just turned into a full fledged post) but point of the matter here is, this site really is something. It’s a great place to be at.

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  25. WordPress has treated me good on both my blogs (one started in 2004)…especially since both are free. 🙂 I’m not a fan of the WordPress Reader, tho I rarely use it so don’t know much about it. I like using the Page section of a blog and WordPress Reader seems to ignore that section, if I am correct.

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  26. Those block editors is what I hate on WP but all in all I like it. Spending time here on WP sharing my words and reading some thoughts of writers too is what I enjoyed.

    Thank you for sharing this thoughts.

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  27. My blogging days go back to before the term blog existed. Back then I was on Open Diary and Live Journal. I’m still on the latter. I’ve since experimented with blogger, and Wix. I always come back to WordPress. I like the feed and how easy it is to follow other wordpress users, that you can share their posts, etc. And while the block editor has REALLY slowed me down, I don’ t mind it. sure, it has its problems like you’ve pointed out, but the positives outweigh the negatives. I hadn’t realized they don’t roll out new themes often.

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  28. Though I am v new to WordPress, I actually like it pretty much. It’s something I love to spend my time on. I mean how cool is that we can read fellow bloggers stories, appreciate them, read about what fascinates us. All in all I personally love WordPress. Thankyou for writing this for us.

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  29. A great post Renard, l too like WP … and as you may recall – l don’t use the Reader at all – l can’t stand it – l have an internal system holding 80 or so of the regular blogs l follow and read from monthly. I like the LIKE button but there are people who do abuse it or mis-use it. Don’t know about themes, l use the one l have and l have used it since l start in 2017. I am on an ecommerce plan for more space and not so much for the stores possibility of monetisation. I can’t stand advertisements on any platform and wish we had the choice to simply disable the lot. Adverts are intrusive and steal our time without asking, as Seth would say adverts didn’t ask our permission if we wanted to view them.

    I experience a few problems with WP, have spoken to the Hengineers as well, and they have resolved most of the issues, l have a lot of time for the engineers. The biggest problems l experience with WP are experienced by other people as well and that is missing comments … according to the WPHEngineers that is because WP is operated on by many browsers and sometimes some of those browsers simply are not 100% compatable with the WP.

    I have access to my blog via Microsoft Edge, Firefox and Safari the latter two are superb, the first is hopeless, l find l have the same problems with my Redbubble store.

    Excellent post.

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  30. I’ve tried a few other platforms and settled on WordPress. It simply works. If, like me, you want a fairly basic site it is relatively easy to get started. If you want to go heavy-duty, it’s wide open. Being a photographer who also writes, I wish I could combine the gallery capabilities of Flickr with the writing capabilities of WordPress. I’ve done embedding and cross-linking, but it’s clunky.

    I bought the premium plan to get rid of the ads and for the somewhat enhanced customization. I do wish I could get some simple plugins without going to the business plan, but the premium is all I really need.

    I like the reader for browsing and for reading simple posts.

    Steve

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  31. Appreciate the post, agree about the fact that we always place much greater value on the comments above the likes and that the ‘like’ abuse is usually pretty obvious. If you see someone like 20 of your previous posts in 20 seconds etc….but there’s more to like than dislike, and I think over time you can build a community of people that you enjoy reading and hopefully the feeling is mutual…

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  32. I love WordPress it has its issues but overally I think it’s worth the time you spend on it.

    I think the way it just connects up bloggers via the reader and through the notifications makes it easy to stay interactive with the blogging community, and this in turn is what helped build such a vibrant audience.

    I help manage a self-hosted platform that we migrated from wordpress.com (since it was cheaper than getting an upgraded plan as the were features we required but were only available on the business platform)
    I can see how not having active access to the reader community has limited the way the site used to get engagement and now we have to actually pay deliberate attention in ensuring that the site is visible.

    The current themes available on WordPress.com are not worth the premium tag, having recently bumped my blog to a premium package I was a bit disappointed in finding that there werent any themes that could really set apart a blog unless if one were to have a custom theme but the prices for business theme which allows for such are rather ridiculous and not in the realm for us mortal bloggers … Well you can tell me it is a business plan and not a blog plan
    I really hate the adverts I turned them off when I upgraded my plan and then while tinkering with the settings I discovered an earn option so I turned them back on for a trial run to see if it how much it will generate.

    Great article as usual!!!
    ~B

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