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.
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.
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.
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!