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Blogs I follow widget

  1. I've a long list of blogs I follow in the Reader, some Blogger.com and some WordPress.com. I noticed that I was displaying a nice grid format of all the wordpress.com blogs in my Blogs I follow RSS feed. Then I started to add blogger.com and it only displays a grid format for four or five WordPress.com (only) blogs. What happened?

    The blog I need help with is misternizz.wordpress.com.

  2. Oh, follow up, I call my "Blogs I follow" widget "Other Journals of Note" left hand side.

  3. IMHO that is the least of your worries so I'll deal with your stated issue last.

    Page loading time has been a page ranking factor since 2009 and your blog loads like a pig in quicksand. Your website is slower than 94% of all tested websites. http://tools.pingdom.com/fpt/#!/QcelJ/http://misternizz.wordpress.com/

    For reducing page loading time strategies please consider:
    (1.) Inserting insert the more tag http://en.support.wordpress.com/splitting-content/more-tag/ into your posts including the horrifically long sticky post on the front page.

    (2.) Reducing the size of images, the number of media embeds, the number of widgets, and the number of posts displaying on the front page > Settings > Reading.

  4. re: blogs I follow widget
    The Blogs I Follow Widget allows you to list some of the blogs that you are following via the WordPress.com Reader in your sidebar. Go to > Appearance > Widgets and click to open the widget. Then configure it as the options allow. Enter the maximum number of blogs that you’d like to show here. Read more noting that blogspot blogs do not have blavatars > http://en.support.wordpress.com/widgets/blogs-i-follow-widget/

  5. My last post was neither horrific, nor particularly long. It was exactly as long as it needed to be.

    I really wasn't looking for a site critique, but thanks for the suggestions. It does not appear as if the blogs I follow widget can do what I'm looking for, but that's no biggie.

  6. I'm referring to this one and it's a sticky post that appears above all other posts > http://misternizz.wordpress.com/2013/06/24/new-ships-paddlewheels-on-the-cheap-oar-concepts-for-bdb/

    I suggest inserting "the more tag" will improve reader experience as I just answered another thread in the time it took for your blog to load.

  7. Yes, I know which horrific post you are referring to. Thanks for the tips.

  8. Thanks for not putting words into my mouth. I'm a paralegal and insist on not being misquoted or quoted out of context. That is the standard all bloggers ought to adhere to.

    I said:

    the horrifically long sticky post on the front page.

  9. I'm aware of what you said, it's right up there for me to read. You also made the conscious choice of the term horrific as a descriptor, which I picked up upon. No matter. I did use the More tag, per your kind suggestions. I'll also roundfile a few widgets that are doing nothing currently.

  10. I'm a plain speaking Canadian whose words are considered to be too blunt by some but I don't cotton to pussyfooting around issues I see on blogs or silently witnessing and ignoring them. I have two more suggestions if you are into considering them.

    (1) Linking your wordpress.com username to your wordpress.com blog is the best free advertising you can get. It’s very easy to do. Here’s how to link your username to your blog in your blog Dashboard -> Users -> Personal Settings -> then scroll down to Account Details. Then scroll down to where it says ‘Primary Blog‘ select the URL for your primary wordpress.com blog and then save changes.

    Then every time you sign into the forum we can all click on your username and your blog will be linked to it. And every time you leave a comment on a blog your username can be likewise clicked and your blog can be instantly located.

    The Author maintains an extensive blogroll on the left hand side of the screen which is a categorized list of sites that he likes to visit.

    The value of reciprocal linking is diddly squat and has been for years now. Mile long blogrolls we kept in the early days of blogging have gone the way of the dodo bird. To reduce page loading time perhaps you might consider removing the Links widget and displaying resource links on a static page instead. http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2010/11/18/blogroll-or-links-page/

  11. I'm not overly sensitive about what you said or your suggestions, but I don't particularly care about traffic much, either. I'm not selling anything. I blog for the pure enjoyment of it, and I share mostly with an extremely narrow peer group who are interested in the same stuff I am. With that said, I do appreciate the suggestions, most of which are common sense.

    The value of reciprocal linking is diddly squat and has been for years now. Mile long blogrolls we kept in the early days of blogging have gone the way of the dodo bird. To reduce page loading time perhaps you might consider removing the Links widget and displaying resource links on a static page instead.

    Yep, but note what I wrote there, categorized links that HE likes to visit.
    I use a long blogroll mostly as a storehouse for myself, and because the links are useful as a reference I go back to again and again. I only use the links widget out of laziness. Can I install the links blogroll widget on a page?

  12. Can I install the links blogroll widget on a page?

    No that's not possible. Widgets can only be used on sidebars and footer areas for widgets. However, one can copy all of what's displayed by the widget onto a Page provided they paste into the Visual editor.

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