Changes to WP Reader~

Thanks Cindy. Have checked your link and left a comment. Seems mine is the only negative as everyone elese is gushing praise. My reader is taking ages to load, and I hate only having half an image on some of my favourite sites. Wish they’d leave well alone. It wasn’t broke.

https://en.blog.wordpress.com/2016/12/14/reader-refresh-2017/

I had to search to find this. Are you aware of the changes to the WP Reader? They are compressing and chopping posts in the Reader to accomplish what they call “streamlining” so the viewer can scan more posts more quickly while seeing less of your content in their reader. What WP is doing is giving your post much less than half the room it used to have in the reader, sometimes only two lines of text if you don’t have photos.

They are also now inserting blogs they promote in your Reader. So they are taking up the room they are saving by compressing your posts in the Reader with blogs you are not following and they are promoting.

This seems manipulative and non-transparent on WordPress’s part and not in the best interest of bloggers.

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and have a terrible sweet tooth for jelly babies or fruit pastilles. Best friends are Hubby, our dog Maggie, Bro in NZ, MSM and MOH (and his dog). I am also a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! Due to a nightmare of a house sale in 2014, 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat until April 2017. We made strong friendships both on and off the water, and enjoyed swan and duck families for neighbours. Sadly times change and we were once again house hunting until September. We now reside in a small bungalow a short distance from the beach on the Lincolnshire coast.
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4 Responses to Changes to WP Reader~

  1. cindy knoke says:

    Well that WP generated forum is the only praise I have seen . People are incensed about the compression and the differential blog promotion. I have never seen such unity in disgust against a company by it’s customers. Many people are suggesting those positive comments are the result of some quid pro quo which could be as simple as we’ll promote your blog if you back us up.

    • I agree Cindy. It should be interesting to see if my comment is actually approved, though I doubt it. I’m fed up enough with the lousy reception we’re getting here anyway as our router/server is being swamped by so many people on this side at the moment, and for my reader to take so long in loading is even more frustrating. It took over 20 minutes for yours to visit so that I could reblog.

  2. Not a fan of the new format either. Making the posts wide but shorter seems to clutter it more. It also does weird things to the pictures. As they say, if it ain’t broke….

  3. scifihammy says:

    Thank you Thank you Thank you – I am not alone!
    I really dislike the new WP Reader!!!!
    As you say, there is only half a photo – why bother? If it’s a dog you only see the paws!
    I think WP have done this – once again – primarily for phone users. I have a laptop. It sucks!
    Sigh!

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