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Ask Marsha Lee: WP Reader V Inoreader

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:

  1. to find out how the Blogger platform worked and compared with WordPress.
  2. 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:

  1. 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.
  2. InoReader keeps track of your reading and you get statistics on how well you are doing.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

29 thoughts on “Ask Marsha Lee: WP Reader V Inoreader”

  1. I’ll scan the reader from time to time.
    Most of the blogs I follow, I follow by email, so I’ll click to read the new posts from there. I also try and check out bloggers I don’t know that liked one of my posts.

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  2. I wish that when I was looking through my reader that the whole posts showed rather than just a snippet. Sometimes I am just in a photo mood so I go through looking at the photo’s and clicking like, sometimes I don’t have enough time to click though each and every one. However, I like reading them all so I kind of just wish that my reader just showed the whole of all the posts I follow so I can read them all and then click like. I also if I have time use tags, such as ‘postaday’ or ‘photography’ because I know a lot of people use those tags so that I can read other blogs that I am not following. x

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    1. I agree. When you have to stop and click on the person’s blog to read the entire article and comment, your time is gone. However, snippets get you through the bloggers that post 60 items a day more quickly. what I don’t like about the reader is that many of my friends aren’t there when I’m looking at it – just the 60 posts a day folks! :)

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      1. Yes, I tend to unfollow the 60 times a day bloggers and if that means they unfollow me back so be it lol I really do want to read my favorite blogs but I have the same problem. A lot of them are in different timezones so I often miss their posts.

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    1. Yes, it definitely does. I haven’t been able to connect with the Blogger community like I have with WordPress. I did a little browsing websites today, and mostly I see the vey professional ones – publishers, etc. I don’t want to write and read for people that don’t interact with me. That’s what I love about this community.

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  3. I’ve had a blogger blog for about 4 years and only have 2 people following me in all this time… since a few months I’ve been on word press and have a lot more… so its much easier to follow each other here…. yes a big family, it feels nice… I have recently been thinking about the pro’s and con’s of following too many people as I won’t have the time to do it… and can’t believe one person who has 40,000 followers… you can’t possible look at everyone… so it’s all about you then, but this is a bit selfish… still looking at this and will write a blog about it soon…. Thanks for the research and sharing..

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    1. Thank you for sharing, Barbara. I’m glad you made the switch! Blogger bloggers swear by that, but I’m still not convinced! I’ll never give up my first blog – this one! The 40,000 followers guy must be Cristian. http://cristianmihai.net/. I’m sure he’s a bit selfish – as all of us vanity bloggers are from time to time, but he’s amazing, though, and he does write back once in a great while. The product that he offers for free is writing and blogging advice. When I first started blogging, he visited me. I read him faithfully daily, and learned so much from him. I bought one of his books. As I progressed, I visited him less, but I still head back there. He’s an amazing young man who writes prolifically in English, which is native language is Romanian.

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  4. I started out with a blogspot blog, but I changed to wordpress because it seemed to offer a lot more, like the reader, which has been fantastic. Great way to see new blogs. and see what photos people are doing.

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  5. I find the Reader very gremlin-prone and although I use it, if I haven’t seen anything from a good blogger in a while I go looking. My Google Reader has been replaced by Feedly, which so far has served me well enough. I stopped using e mail notifications as they swamped my mail box. However I use Feedly for far more than WP blogs and have maybe a dozen investment and news blogs feeding into it. Its about as complicated as I want to get!

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  6. I find new blogs through the WP Reader, but follows blogs through Bloglovin’. Prior to that it was Google Reader but when they announced their closing I switched over. Bloglovin’ keeps me updated of new posts but I go directly to the blogs and read/like/comment from there. Which is what I just did with your blog!

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    1. Yay! I also use my notifications, so that when I have someone that I know I haven’t seen on my scheduled list of people I love to visit, like you, I sometimes click that link right from my notifications archives page. :)

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  7. As I said in my post yesterday, I prefer to get my WP notifications by email, so I get a lot of emails every day because I follow a number of blogs. I used to tick the box to receive follow up comments by email & I would get a LOT of emails – every time someone commented on a blog I had looked at I would get an email. I had to stop that practice because I literally could not keep up. It means I miss some of the great conversations in the comments section, but I try to read posts later in the day now so I can get to see some of the comments from before me.

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  8. Inoreader is very intriguing to me. I shall keep that in mind most indubitably. Right now I just use a favourites system. Fantastic and informative article. Glad to be learning about these things! Cheers,

    babs

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      1. Oh thank you!!! I hope when you read the comments I’ve been installing this evening, you too, will be enjoying a fabulous day, and or, evening. Many jubilant croaks,

        s. toad

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    1. You know, I struggle with getting all my blogs read. I don’t like the Word Press Reader because it doesn’t keep up with my favorite blogs, and gluts the reader with multiples of certain folks, so I’ve tried other things. I haven’t found anything to really replace it successfully. The problem is that everything takes time to connect to the site and then to respond to the site. I like Bloglovin pretty well, but I haven’t done a post about that one. :)

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