This past week the folks at WordPress went and changed the scope of how we read our favourite blogs, and there’s a lot of people angry at the changes. If you click on a title in the reader an annoying pop-up window shows up, we can comment, like and share but we can’t read the entire post. To read the entire post we must click yet again to open the blog post, very annoying.
Not only that … in the last few days I have noticed a dramatic decrease in visitors to my site!
I know of other bloggers in the WordPress community who feel the same way, losing readers, likes and comments because of this new change does nothing for the bloggers who blog at WordPress.
Just two weeks ago I spent $99 at WordPress to customize my site and make it more reader friendly. Then the kind folks at WordPress pulled the wool over my eyes designing a new reader that is not reader friendly, in any way shape or form.
I’m curious what you all think? Take my little poll below and leave comments in the comment section.
I look forward to your responses.
(Now I wonder how many people will click twice to read my entire post. Time and stats will tell.)
I have to agree… I don’t like it… why do they constantly have to change things when what they had was working just fine! I will never get it….
I’m thinking … it keeps more people on their page getting more visitors!
I don’t use reader much. Most of my favourites I follow by e-mail.
I don’t like it but not sure if it has affected my readership.
I don’t use the reader to follow blogs. I sign up for an email. My stats are all over the place so I wouldn’t know what is happening.
It is rubbish, rant rage, stamp of feet.
I’ve been doing that all day!
I have bigger problems at the moment……. I have burnt Mrs Sensible’s Bean soup… The house smells of CARBON. I am trying to clean up and fumigate the house.
Oh no! I did that once when I was making tomato sauce and blogging at the same time. I noticed the burnt smell when I stood up to answer the door as the guests had arrived!
She phoned me and said “did you remember to change the water” YES DEAR DUH!!
I just forgot to turn it off. I think I will go and find somewhere to hide for a day or two
I absolutely hate it. So inconvenient. I’ve already added my tuppence worth in the forum! No change in my stats really but I’m sure it probably doesn’t register now unless the person clicks twice which is really annoying.
I’m with WP 4 years now and have never used reader, why would i.
That is where I’ve followed most of my favourite blogs. Guess I’ll have to read them elsewhere. But haven’t you noticed a drop in views?
No difference in my stats, most of my readers / followers click the follow button and get them posts etc sent to them, I have nearly 1,000 followers and only about 10 use reader.
Interesting. I have no idea how many followers read my blog via their email. Interesting … 🙂
it sucks more time = bad!
Well, you know my feelings about this piece of crap the WP Reader has become, grrrrrrrr! My views have gone down by one third since Friday.
I didnt vote bc I dont see much difference – bc I almost never used the reader before. For the blogs I follow, I make sure to receive posts in an email, and go from there. Those I am less ‘intense’ about, I receive in a weekly round-up. My readership seemed a little low early last week, but the same- and next-day responses to the last two posts have been in line with expectations, maybe even a bit higher than usual.