You may be wondering why I’m asking this question. Does it really matter which technology we use to read blog posts?
The short answer is yes. In recent years it has become more difficult to format a blog post in a way that’s optimal for all the different ways we can read blog posts.
To explain this further, I’ll share a couple of examples.
Example #1 – Nested images
- This is an image that’s surrounded by text in a blog post, and is typically aligned to either the left margin or right margin.
- Nested images look great in a computer web browser and mirror the traditional way we’ve read print newspaper and magazines articles.
- But, those same nested images viewed on a web browser in a device or phone may have a seven word sentence appearing on seven consecutive lines beside the image.
- Or, if you’re reading the post on a smaller screen eg. phone, the nested image may end up being randomly placed in the middle of a section of text.
Example #2 – ‘Click to Tweet’ boxes
- ‘Click to Tweet’ works well when viewed in a web browser. A reader can tweet a link for the blog post with one click.
- But, ‘Click to Tweet’ functionality doesn’t work in emails or the WordPress Reader App where it will usually only show the underlying HTML code. Or, in the case of my author blog, when I use the WordPress ‘Block Editor’ (aka. Gutenberg) the ‘Click to Tweet’ information is missing from my posts when viewed in the WordPress Reader.
- Therefore, it’s important to not rely on ‘Click to Tweet’ information as part of the blog post reading experience, and to ensure the information contained in ‘Click to Tweet’ is included elsewhere in the post.
Example #3 – WordPress Reader App and Feedly Reader App
- The WordPress Reader App will add the ‘featured image’ from WordPress self-hosted blogs to the start of the post.
- In contrast, the Feedly Reader App does not pick up any featured images in WordPress posts created using the ‘Classic Editor’.
- For Inspy Romance blog posts that use the ‘Classic Editor’, Feedly will stream in the main blog header image for all of the individual blog posts in the feed.
- Interestingly, the Feedly App likes the new WordPress ‘Block Editor’ and will happily stream in all the images in the blog post.
- Facebook, on the other hand, doesn’t seem to like WordPress ‘Block Editor’ posts and often won’t add any images in blog post preview links shared to Facebook.
It’s complicated and confusing, right?
The Upshot: If we know how the majority of our blog readers are reading our posts, we can format our blog posts in a way that gives you the best reading experience.
WordPress Reader App
I’m currently in love with the WordPress Reader App that I regularly use at least once a day on my phone.
How to use the WordPress Reader App
To set up a Profile in WordPress that will connect to the App, all you need to do is create a Gravatar. If you have a WordPress blog, or contribute to a WordPress group blog (free WordPress blog or self-hosted), your Gravatar account is your Username that you use to log in at the WordPress sites.
Jetpack is the plugin that connects WordPress blogs to the WordPress Reader App.
The benefits I’ve discovered from using the WordPress Reader App to read blog posts:
- I can read all the blogs I follow in one place – including non-WordPress sites eg. Blogger.
- I can ‘like’ WordPress blog posts and comments in the App.
- I can receive notifications in the App when someone likes my WordPress blog posts and comments.
- One big benefit: I can easily comment on WordPress blog posts within the App without needing to log in.
- I can receive notifications in the App for both comments on my blog posts and replies to comments I’ve made on other blog posts (ie. WordPress blogs that use the Jetpack plugin).
- When commenting using the App, I’m automatically logged into WordPress and therefore bypassing the comment moderation processes that may be set up for WordPress blog comments posted using names and email addresses.
- I love the convenience of being able to use my phone to interact with blog posts and bypass the login process at WordPress sites that use Jetpack.
My question for you: How do you read our blog posts?
Please use the numbers below to let us know how you’re reading our blog posts.
- Daily emails
- Computer or laptop
- Device ie. Tablet or iPad web browser
- Smart Phone web browser
- WordPress Reader App in a device or phone
- Feedly or another type of reading App
- Hard copy print out of the blog post
- Other, please specify