Hey, SE Readers. Joan with you on this final day of September.
In August, I began a more robust blogging schedule. For much of the past year, I pretty much neglected my blog – posting only on rare occasions. I knew I needed to do something different, so I came up with an idea for a regular Monday post. One thing led to another and now I have categories for five days a week and so far have posted every weekday (save one) in August and September.
I have the bulk of October’s posts scheduled as well as a few for November. With a full-time job, keeping up with a blog in addition to writing fiction is time-consuming. Add to that, I like to read and visit other bloggers. Not only do I want to support fellow authors, it’s a great way to form new friendships.
With my increased online activity, I’ve been looking at ways to save time and simplify life in general. One thing is to cut down on the number of emails I receive. (Don’t laugh, I have three email addresses—personal, one for my website, and another for my job.)
Until recently, I preferred to receive email notices for blogs I follow. But often the posts would get lost in the shuffle. Some email I received during the day while at work, which made it impossible to visit the blog at that time.
I’m a bit OCD about having a clean inbox, so if I didn’t get around to reading within a day or two, I’d hit the delete button never to think about the post again. I missed a lot of good content that way.
The solution? The WordPress reader. However, scrolling through all the posts was sometimes hard. Some bloggers post numerous times a day, which is fine if that’s what anyone wants to do. However, these fill up the feed quickly. Not only that, WordPress takes it upon themselves to add a section for suggested posts. (Don’t you love it when a company “thinks” they know what you’d like?)
We Story Empire authors have an app where we communicate with one another about important events related to the blog. Other times, we just chat—even rant about some things at times. Several weeks ago, someone mentioned about creating lists within the reader. Another author pointed out that WordPress discontinued the feature. If someone had already created lists, they remained, but new lists couldn’t be created.
Why take away something helpful? Guess that’s another subject.
Anyhow, enter Craig. He posted a link to his reader, and made a suggestion on how it might work for us. We could not access his site, but were able to “hack” the URL and create our own lists.
Interested? I’ll tell you how. This is a link to one of my newly created lists:
To make your own, copy the above link into your browser, backspace past joan7177 so that the link reads: https://wordpress.com/read/list. Enter your WordPress user name and a list name. (It’s helpful to open another window with the reader to see your followed sights.)
Then enter the URL of the blogs/sites you want to include. It’s that easy! Here is a screenshot from one of mine:
Of note, the list says it’s public, but no one can access it without your user ID and password. After you create a list, it will appear in your sidebar. Creating additional ones is easy. As you can see, I have several:
You can edit the name, enter a description, and add additional blogs as needed by clicking on the “manage” button. You can also add non WordPress sites. Some of my favorite writing tip blogs still use Blogger (can’t imagine why) and I’ve added them. The only issue I’ve had is with one site that uses Feedburner.
That’s it! You’re set to go. This is what your reader will look like:
Sound like a good time saver? Why not give it a try?
I want to extend a special thanks to Craig for graciously allowing me to take this topic.