These are my opinions based on my experiences with the recent changes to the WordPress Reader.
There is a lot more double clicking involved on most posts in the reader to get to the original blog, instead of the simple click on the word count that took you there directly.
On some people’s posts in the reader, the first click on the post title OR on “20 sec. read” for example will take you to a page that looks like your blog only it sits on an ugly white background that is not yours. A second click is then required to find the real blog. Some readers may never bother with the second click, therefore they may never see the wonderful blog that you created. Some posts have a “Visit…with a link to the blog” to take you to their original blog. Some do not have one single place to click on that will take you directly to their blog.
There are three dots at the right side of each post (one click). Then you can hit “Visit Site” (two click) to get to the blog. I stumbled upon this feature. Did you? Why do we have to go on a journey to find a blog? Make one link that says “Blog” perhaps?!
The posts in the reader are so close together now, they seem to blend together, making it more difficult to decipher where one ends and the next one starts.
20 sec. read??? 15 min. read??? Are we children that need to be warned in case we do not have the attention span to read a post? The word count gave us the length of a post without being rude about it. Are they discouraging us from reading?
If you want to express your opinions about the changes, please visit, read and share in the forums! There is a representative from WordPress staff responding to comments.
Thanks for taking the time to read my rant. How many seconds did it take you? (just kidding)