If you have a WordPress website, then the WordPress reader allows you to skim through hundreds of websites quickly and press “Like” and move on. The people on the receiving end of the “Like” don’t necessarily know whether you have visited their site, read the entire post or not. So they might or might not visit you back. If your hope is to gain lots of traffic by visiting folks, this is a fast way to get started. If you click on the website and make comments, then the speed advantage disappears, but you begin to develop real friendships instead.
Recently I started a Blogger website for the two reasons:
- to find out how the Blogger platform worked and compared with WordPress.
- to set up a specialty blog dedicated to history resources
Right away I noticed that Blogger used the Google Reader which is ending on Sunday. The Google Reader is a space to organize all your newspapers and magazines, podcasts AND blogs. I didn’t explore Google Reader since it was ending, but read an article comparing several free and low-cost alternatives to Google Reader. The author of the article chose InoReader, so I did too. I started saving my favorite WP blog sites on InoReader.
Some interesting features to me:
- You can like and comment on a blog post, but it is for your information only. To actually “Like” the post, you have to visit the post.
- InoReader keeps track of your reading and you get statistics on how well you are doing.
- When you insert the URL of your friend’s blog, it lists several of the posts YOU haven’t read. When you click on the post, you are transported to your friend’s blog, maybe last year sometime. It’s like being in a time warp. You are commenting in real-time, and the blogger may have no idea what you are talking about! From there, once I discovered that idiosyncrasy, I clicked to the blogger’s home, and started my trail backwards to where I left off. However the other posts are still listed on my reader, so I can go back to them at any time. Right now it is telling me that I have 339 posts to read.
- If you “Like” and comment on the posts after you are inside your friend’s blog, InoReader can’t track you. You have to manually mark the articles as being read.
- InoReader still doesn’t solve my problem of finding Blogger friends in the same way I have found the WP community. The thing is, amazingly, with so many people using WP it is truly like being a family when you connect. One example of that is that I have received a second WP Family Award from Daniela recently, and am so honored!
Right now I have two readers, and my Excel file compliments to Russel Ray to help me follow my blogging friends. What works for you? There are no limits to the number of choices.