New to WordPress.com and ready to read, explore, and engage with others? Here’s a primer on how to get the most out of your Reader.
Brand-new to WordPress.com? To explore your Reader, log on to WordPress.com and click on the Reader tab in the top left of the page, next to My Site.
Blogging isn’t just about publishing your own posts, but about reading and commenting on other people’s posts, too. You can manage this activity right in your Reader. If you’re new to WordPress.com, or would like a quick refresher, here are three tips on getting the most out of the Reader.
I love following new blogs I’ve discovered. For your favorite bloggers, you might want to receive email notifications each time they post something new; for other sites, you may want to see new posts on a more casual basis, such as each time you visit the Reader.
You can adjust the settings for each site you follow in Reader → Followed Sites. Find the site in this list (click on By Date to see your most recently followed sites first, or use the drop-down to filter By Name to view sites in alphabetical order). Then, click the arrow on the left to view its subscription settings:
You can receive an email every time a new post is published on a specific blog. Or, you can opt in to daily or weekly digests: a compilation of new posts from various sites you’ve specified.
Your interest in a blog might change over time; visit this list at any time to make subscription changes.
In your Reader sidebar, you’ll also see a section labeled Tags. Here, you can keep track of specific tags and read the latest posts on topics you’re passionate about. If you’re an active Daily Post photo challenge participant, you might follow the photo challenge tag, or if you’re a serious reader of creative nonfiction, you can keep your eye on new material from writers in the creative nonfiction tag.
To add a tag, type it in the Follow a Tag box, then click enter to add it to your list. (Note that only posts published with this specific tag will appear on the tag page, so if your tag is too long, narrow, or obscure, there might not be anything else listed.)
Want to learn more? Here’s a quick resource on owning your Reader.
To view the latest posts in a particular tag, click on its label in the list to view the stream of posts. If you no longer want to follow a tag, click the “x” next to the label in the list:
Also in your Reader sidebar, you’ll see a section called My Likes. Click on this tab to view a stream of all the posts you’ve liked.
It’s nice to revisit posts I’ve read and enjoyed, which often inspire me to publish my own perspectives on a topic. I also find My Likes helpful when I’m compiling a roundup of favorite reads on my blog — it’s a record of everything I’d recommend to my readers.
How do you use these sections of the Reader?