Hola, SEers. Not only is it Cinco de Mayo, but it’s also a Mae Day on Story Empire. I’m delighted you’ve chosen to join me.
If you’re a WordPress user, you’re probably familiar with Reader. Most of us follow an abundance of blogs, and it can be overwhelming keeping up with them. In the past, I subscribed by email to each blog I followed. The problem was my inbox was always overflowing with notices of new posts. For me, a bursting-at-the-seams inbox equals stress, so something had to give.
Last year, I switched to Reader, but even that became problematic. Currently, I follow 377 blogs. Of that large group, there are certain blogs I comment on regularly, but I don’t want to scroll through 377 entries searching for them. These are my “Favorite Reads.” Another group of bloggers I’d like to visit don’t blog as frequently, so I often lose track of their posts and miss commenting.
Enter LISTS. This is a feature WordPress had in the past, then eliminated. No idea why but, thankfully, they’ve seen the light. WP has recently reinstated the ability to add and edit lists. I can’t tell you how happy this makes me! Now, the collection of blogs I frequent can be rounded up in one place. No more cluttered inbox. Happy, happy, joy, joy!
Here’s how it works.
From your ADMIN PANEL in WordPress:
Select LISTS from the left-hand menu
Click the drop-down arrow
Select CREATE NEW LIST
You’ll be prompted to name your list and select whether it’s public or private. You can also add a description if you like. Your new list will now be nested under a drop-down. As you can see, I’ve built a few—Cats, Favorite Reads, Friends, Too, and Odd Things.
To manage the list you’ve created:
Click on the LIST NAME
Select the SETTINGS SPROCKET from the upper right corner in the center of your screen
From here you can click the ADD SITE button, view the sites you’ve grouped together, or remove a site. You can also delete your list entirely or view its details (name, description, etc.). The screenshot below shows a handful of the 37 blogs I’ve grouped under Favorite Reads. I’ve highlighted the ADD SITE button in red for the purpose of this post.
When you click ADD SITE a SEARCH box will appear. Start typing the name of the blog you’d like to add to your list and it will populate.
Now it’s time to start reading!
Click the LIST you’ve created and all blogs in that list will populate in your Reader pane. See the screenshot below for a sampling of how they appear.
From here you can like, comment, and share to Twitter or Facebook using the appropriate icons. You can also visit the site (my preference) and follow through from there. The great aspect is you no longer have all of those notices of new posts hitting your inbox, and all of your followed blogs are in one place, grouped in the manner and category of your choosing.
Sound good? I love Reader and was so excited to see WordPress bring back the LIST option. If you do choose to use Reader, remember to change your settings (unsubscribe from daily notices) under MANAGE FOLLOWED SITES.
Have you used Reader in the past? How about Lists? If you haven’t, do you see yourself using this feature in the future? Please share your thoughts below.
Ready, set, go!