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 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

12 thoughts on “Make Your Blog Reader User Friendly

  1. That link didn't help me at all; it didn't seem to relate to my blog at all. Not being a mobile use it's not at all obvious what their special needs are. I went through my options (seems like blogger gives us more options every time I look) and I set my blog to show up in mobile format on mobile devices. I looked at the available preview and it looked ok. I think I did something similar to enable google reader awhile back, but I'm not sure, and I didn't notice that option this time through.

    Susan in Texas


  2. I wondered if I was the only person who hates those click to read more blogs…I had no idea they make money if I click to read more.

    I also hate when only one post is shown…I have mine set to show the last 5 posts, which I wish everyone had. I know it's just a click, but I really hate to do it!


  3. I followed the links and really got an eduction.

    What I would really like is if the text of the blocks could be read easier… way too small. Sometimes the zoom features do not work well.




  4. I'm glad you wrote this. I completely agree with you. I too am inclined to skip those blogs. Have even have deleted some blogs from Google Reader as it is too much bother to go to their blog to read the rest of their post. As I'm now a follower of more than 300 blogs. It won't hurt to miss a few 🙂 I now only need to check if my settings let others read the whole post. It would be rather rude of me to rant in that case.


  5. As a person who has a blog, I have to admit to 'learning' as I go. I wouldn't have a clue as to whether or how my blog is set up to work with Google Reader. I use Blogger and have all my favorites go direct to a 'dashboard'. So for those of us who are 'newbies' and aren't sure exactly what or how we should be set up, plz forgive us! I honestly don't think anyone is doing this for monetary value on purpose..or is this me being naive? Yikes!


  6. Please don't judge us too harshly. I'm completely with Robbie on this one. Since I started my blog a little over a year ago, Blogger has made a number of changes that I don't even understand. In fact, my son was the one to set up my blog. Most people my age don't even own a computer let alone a blog. If I have to click a title to read someone else's posts, I am completely happy with seeing what they are making and hearing what they are thinking.I have no idea what people need to do to see what I have posted. Some mmust be happy because I have made valuable friendships I never imagined ayear ago.


  7. I don't even know what mine is set at.
    I in defence of a lot of people they would be not aware of this either.

    My blog does not make money.

    Tell me please how mine is set.


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