You can’t talk about WordPress without talking about the Reader. It’s not that WordPress, the actual publishing platform, doesn’t carry weight in comparison. It’s just that so much hangs in the balance of the Reader because it displays your favorite blogs in one place. It’s a blogger’s lifeline.
Do I secretly wish the Reader would go back to the old format? Yeah. I am heartbroken over it? Maybe. But, I certainly wouldn’t boycott WordPress over of the new layout.
From what I’ve been reading in the blogosphere this design change has created an uproar. Many bloggers are outraged. Some are even threatening to move their blogs to an alternative hosting website. And yes, a small part of me thinks a warning about the impending change would’ve been nice. It’s as if I went to sleep and woke up the next morning to my couch stolen. I was barely settling into the WordPress kingdom. Then, poof! The friendly navigation page was gone. Still, it’s not a reason to lash out.
I refuse to get sucked into campaigning against the Reader. It’s Monday, the start of a new week, and I am choosing to remain optimistic.
Let’s face it, nobody likes change. But, in the grand scheme of things, a revamped Reader is nothing to lose sleep over. There are people with REAL problems. Life threatening problems. As long as we have breath in our lungs, we shouldn’t be complaining.
This blogging platform is a FREE service for crying out loud. Unless, of course, you opt for customization or a dot com. In any case, the advantages of being a WordPress subscriber are far greater than the disadvantages. Namely, this interface helps millions connect across the globe.
The way I see it there is a silver lining in the newly formatted Reader. The WordPress gods decided to keep the word count in the navigation bar. I personally love knowing the word count of each post. It helps me determine which posts I can immediately read and which ones have to wait. Anything over 600 words won’t be attempted until my toddler is napping.
After weighing the pros and cons, I’ve concluded that I’m far too invested here to leave. There’s no chance of me switching to a new hosting platform. This is my blog’s permanent home with or without the old Reader.
Can you find anything redeeming about the new Reader? Is WordPress home to your blog regardless?