Make Your Blog Reader User Friendly

I have posted before that I use Google Reader to read the blogs that I enjoy reading on a regular basis.  I love that I can read what you have written and not have to go from URL to URL looking for your latest post.

It frustrates me when I get to a certain blog article in Google Reader and can only read about 5 or 6 lines of text before I have to click to that blog’s URL to read the rest.    Does that bother you as well?

Why do people set their blog up to do that?  Because they WANT you to see all the nifty content on their blog’s full page.  All the decorations, background images, buttons, etc. do not show up on a blog reader.  Another reason why they do that is because they have monetized their blog so it helps them make money.  If you don’t go to their actual URL, they miss out on any profit they might make from you.

I enjoy reading blogs… and from time to time I DO visit the actual URL to see what your full page looks like.  And yes, I do have links to Amazon.com on my own blogs, but I would rather have you read what I wrote on a blog reader than not read it at all, which is why I don’t make you click to the full article after you read 5 or 6 lines of text.

Did you know that some people read blogs on their smart phone or other small devise? If you have your blog set up in the “short version,” it makes their life miserable when they read your blog. 

I just deleted a couple of blogs from my own Google Reader for the reasons mentioned above. 

Sorry for the rant… sometimes a thing just gets to you and you have to take a stand.  To read a great article on making your blog reader more “user friendly,”  visit Donna’s blog at  What’s Past is Prologue

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A Non-Quilting Day

I didn’t do anything quilt-related yesterday.   Well, that’s not entirely true.  The Woodworker and I spent the day on the motorcycle.  We live in Flushing, Michigan, and hubby wanted to visit a wind farm up in the thumb of Michigan.  That meant we went by Caro, home of Merrie Miller and her new shop, Catty Wampus.   So we stopped by for a few minutes as we went through town.  SO nice to meet her! She also is a biker, so we’re hoping to get together soon to take a ride. 

windfarmtrip

This shows (kind of) where we went up into the thumb.  Marker B is Flushing, A is Caro, C is Caseville, Michigan.  We went over 240 miles yesterday, and today my body is reminding me of that.  Muscles I didn’t know I had are a little tender, but not too bad.  We went to the beach in Caseville for a brief break and to stretch our legs.

Caseville is on Saginaw Bay in Lake Huron.Windfarmtrip 002

CasevilleBeachSure not getting a suntan in this picture!!!

See the turbine off in the distance behind me?  There are dozens of those all over the area in Pigeon, Michigan that generate electricity.  It’s so cool to see them all spinning!

CaronatWindFarm

You can see more behind the Woodworker in this shot.DeanWindFarm

On the way back we stopped for dinner in Birch Run… then headed home.  What a great day!