As I never got on with google reader, this might just work, but I don’t understand the huge list of tags running down the index page. I also now know how to add non WordPress blogs to my reading list so I can keep up better. Don’t forget to add follow methods to your blogs for people who don’t use the same blogging platform as you, make it as easy as you can for your readers. I know I have to do something about helpful indexing soon. I promise I will. I was thinking of doing the posts which have recipes or the ones that are most visited, together with the ones that I like but don’t seem to get picked up. How do you deal with indexing old content and making it easy for readers to find your best and most useful posts? Any suggestions welcome. Joanna
If you feel like it’s a chore to keep up with all your favorite blogs, you can now read posts from all the blogs you follow (even the ones that aren’t on WordPress.com!) in one convenient place on the WordPress.com home page:
Your reader displays all the posts across all the blogs you follow in the order they were published, with the most recent content appearing at the top. You’ll see an excerpt of the introduction to each post, the first image in the post, and thumbnails of any other images that the post contains.
You can even like and reblog WordPress.com content directly from the reader (we’re working on bringing reblogs back to the toolbar!) using the icons in the top right corner of each post:
Whether you’re at the computer or using the WordPress app on an Android or iOS mobile device, having all the posts from the…
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Oh, sounds technical. I’ll have a look at this again in the morning.
I have to read it properly too later and see how it works in practice xx :)
This DOES sound interesting, thank you for pointing it out, as I hadn’t read about it before. As you know, I always file my posts on category pages tabbed at the top of the page, but it’s really so I can find things again as much as being helpful to people who are searching for recipes! :) I also save my homepage every couple of weeks so that I have a record of all the posts I’ve written – well worth doing as one never knows when the whole system might come crashing down!
Choclette was just asking on Twitter about indexing content and whether it was worth it and then this post from WP arrived in my inbox. I think I must try a bit harder. I have created two index pages for the Mellow Bakers baking, but not for everything else. I only have the default all on one page index option that requires no brains to set up which is automatically updated. The one that says ‘Index’ at the top of the blog. Anyway a spring clean of this blog is well overdue! I copy and paste a lot of my blog posts back to my wordprocessing software and save them on my hard drive, usually after a week or so when I hope I have picked up any errors. I don’t know how to save my home page, is that using the export option? I have done that a couple of times. It does all get a bit techy doesn’t it? xx
I use Firefox on a PC, so I’m not sure how to do it on a Mac, but there’s an option in the File menu that says, “Save Page As”. I click on that, give the file a name, and it does it all by itself! :)
I think it’s definitely worth indexing content, for myself as well as visitors. People can find things if they come to your blog to search specifically for something they’ve read before, but for newcomers who just wish to browse, and index is always handy! Just my 2c of course.. :)
Celia, have you ever tried the export option in WordPress’s Tools? I just saw that and I’m wondering if that is an option you’ve used.
I have used the export option but never tried to restore my blog from it. I think that copies the whole thing over so that you can in theory move to a different blogging platform or take it to a self hosted site.
I tend to either do a save as from within Safari or Firefox from the File Menu or just copy and paste. I don’t always remember to do it, but I have saved most of them. Apart from anything else if there is an internet outage you have your posts where you can read them should you want to.
I wish I could concentrate long enough to understand this stuff. I usually just look at it, then delete it.
Don’t worry, I think you are doing fine without it! Love your blog :D
I went- tried to understand- followed a few prompts- I’m not sure what I did or what the status of my “readership” is. I am not good at understanding tech/talk even if it is simplified for dummies. :(
I suspect you are on a different blogging ‘platform’ to me. Waves from other side of station, ‘Hello Heidi’ Did it work for you? I just know that I miss posts from people on other blogging platforms which I would like to see and don’t unless I make a point of remembering to visit them. I think a lot of people use Google Reader and it depends how much of a librarian’s mind you have, I am not very good at organising, I make piles or files or folders, forget I have made them and then make more with the same names six months later. I am getting to that age when I do remember new things but only if they interest me, i.e. I read a post on Farine MC’s wonderful blog just now, after a long day driving up and down the motorway, with a recipe for a beet quiche (using three colours of beet) and with some wonderful details which instantly formed a new neuron pathway in my brain, but how to use a blog reader, piffle… (hee hee)
Yes its good but an easy to use tool for reading all your blogs on one place would be blogaverse
Thankyou for your suggestion