WordPress seems determined to disengage our readers from our blogs. This is getting worse not better. The reader should take people directly to the blog, not some intermediate stopping point that is incomplete and from which it is extremely difficult to get to the entire blog.
WordPress – you are so tied up with adopting new technology that you have lost sight of your purpose which is to make a platform that brings bloggers and readers together easily and in a way they can easily interact. Get back to the basics, you are making many users unhappy.
I suspect the stats are not working the way they should be. For every 10 likes I used to get between 5 and 7 hits on the post in the stats. This has dropped way off. These may be showing up in the home page line or something, but the change is dramatic.
@deremil thank you for the tips. Jumping to the top of the reader can be avoided by opening a new window or tab. WP needs to make these choices more prominent as they are grayed out now. A go to directly to the original would be preferable. I guess next we will see advertising in the reader because they don’t want anyone to go past it.
I had posted this in the wrong area I guess, and was told to repost it here, so here goes:
I love progress and rarely cling to “old” ways, so i’m making an exception when I say “I want the old reader back!”
This wierd pop-up window doesn’t show the posts as the writer intended they be shown! Isn’t that the whole point of blogging? Instead we get this strange flat pop-out that freezes half the time! Is there any way to go back to the old one? if not, please do something better than this!!!!
I think you are right about the stats Ron. My have tanked since the last few days.
My stats have tanked since the change.
I wonder why WordPress would want to take away our individuality by encouraging readers to view our posts in this silly blue snippet. We have been given these wonderful tools to create our own unique blogs and now readers may never see it, if they don’t bother clicking again.
As far as stats, I don’t really keep track of my views as much as my followers, but I know that speaking out about the changes to the reader has prompted much discussion on my blog.
I’m not sure to what extent the developers at WordPress view our blogs to read our comments, but if any of you are listening, there are many comments to read here.
I also did a search of “wordpress reader” and found some other blogs that have addressed this issue. Hopefully you will read this interesting input from your members and take us back to the user friendly reader that we loved!
Why does the popup window, when you click ‘view original article’ also open up a new tab for you? If I want to open it in a new tab, I’ll do so myself thank you very much.
Also guys: I’m sorry to say but the new reader is likely here to stay. WordPress is pretty awesome in general, but they’re horrible at admitting when they’ve made a mistake.
I think there is a solution to this if the powers at Automatic want to listen. Make the default response go direct to the blog as it did before and add a button labeled “mobile users” or something like that for the lazy ones who don’t want to see the blot.
Me thinks this recent change is about cutting load on the servers. So in the end it is about money.
I remain annoyed that orientation changes in the carousel on Android phones cause he carousel to mess up. It works on an iPad, but I have not tried it on the iPhone that resides here. (Sorry if you like iOS, but I would rather drink Drano.)
I’m glad that I’m not the only one who noticed a dive in in stats. I mean a HUGE sink. Gee, thanks WordPress.
Sorry, but I’m not liking the new format much. Is it possible that I could be changed back to old format? How do you edit posts now ???
Sorry, but I’m not liking the new format much.
Okay. I see on some posts in the reader “…336 more words” now if I click on the word count I am directly taken to the blog, with no pop-up window.
How do I get that option on my blog posts? I just followed my own blog and posted a new post, as I wanted to see how it came up in the reader. I did use the ‘more’ tag in my post thinking that would work, but no.
Okay the time stamp works – however not all blogs have the ‘more words’ option. Why is that?
This morning, I keep seeing the same post over and over again in the reader.
Happy Engineer: it would be greatly appreciated if you could address the stats issue.
Meanwhile, deremil’s solution works.
Please add the “enhancement” of my WordPress Reader experience to the list with Custer, the Titanic and the Hindenberg. On my iPad, it scrolls like molasses, blocks content in the pop up window with a Comment pop up window and usually, ends up freezing the reader tab (no problem with other tabs).
As a blogger, my recent Reader experience tells me that my site is now even harder to find. That’s not really what I expected or desire — especially when I’ve managed to get the attention of a person who clicked to read my blog.
Perhaps a little less “happiness” engineering and a little more functional, user friendly code would be in order — or, just let me go back to the old Reader.
So far on a poll on my blog, only 41 people have voted, but 38 have voted that they “hate” the new WordPress reader. I know it is a very small form of measurement considering the number of members on WordPress, but the fact remains that so far, over 92% of those that voted are not happy. :(
I would assume that this ratio would continue on a larger scale as well.
You would think that WordPress would listen to their members’ opinions and concerns. The reader worked great the way it was!
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