Curmudgeonly Monday – WordPress Reader Comments

Curmudgeonly Monday – WordPress Reader Comments

Herb August 3, 2020

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Quite some time ago it was brought to my attention that people said they liked my blog but were having difficulty commenting using the WordPress Reader. I loosened up a bunch of settings and thought I had fixed to problem. Nobody said any more about it. Apparently there is still a problem, however.

Are you, Gentle Reader who uses the Word Press Reader app on your phone or tablet, still having to leave Reader and come to the blog itself to comment? I didn’t know the problem still existed. I follow the fairly new blog of an English Teacher/Children’s Poet whose name is A.J. McGregor. The blog is called The Lonely Meatball and the poems are quite clever and a bit more insightful than being mere child’s play. They mentioned to me that the little “comment bubble” is not visible. I am really upset. Mainly because I didn’t think this was a problem anymore and also because it ought to be an easy fix. I set up Ben’s blog and his comment bubble shows up in Reader so I went and checked that our settings were the same. I discovered there appear to be some settings that are different between the two blogs, so now I will go in and putz around until I get it right.

I really enjoy comments and I enjoy the witty banter that occasionally arises so I really want to get this fixed. I went to the Jetpack troubleshooting page and one of the suggestions was that it may be the theme I’m using. This is annoying because it means I have to switch themes again, which I like to do, on my own terms, and for my own entertainment. I like my themes and the little plug-in doo-dads but I like to hear from readers more. I found out that the “Subscribe2” plugin could be interfering with it. I love my e-mail subscribers, some of whom have been with from the beginning but all I had to do was change a setting.

So, if you use the Word Press Reader to read my blog on your phone or tablet rather than coming to the site, please let me know if I have fixed it by leaving me a comment. Thanks.

24 thoughts on “Curmudgeonly Monday – WordPress Reader Comments

  1. I don’t use the reader because I refuse to get a smart phone. I will not spend my days with a leash in my pocket. But that’s just me. I do like the thought of throwing the computer out the window though

    Stay well and laugh

  2. Not sure about all these changes but necessity dictates what it will. The site is the best (my opinion).

  3. I always read on the actual website because I like to see how the site looks. The formatting in the reader is off and you can miss out on quite a bit that way. However, if it works for others, that is good to hear.
    Also, I use my computer, so I’m not in your research population.

    1. That’s cool. I like to see some of the different designs and I like my random quote generator widget on the site itself. The reader does not do justice to a lot of people’s posts, especially poetry.

  4. For me, the problem persisted until today – and now it’s solved. It’s a miracle! I’m a lazy git, so you’ll probably hear more from me now. Sorry.

  5. I can now comment! I’m quite excited about this because I had been wanting to for some time, especially after your horrible day last week. I hope your wife is feeling better with each passing day, and I hope Hey-Boy smells skunk-free. Thank you for fixing the problem and your lovely words of support. I do enjoy your blog.

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. And complimenting, lol. Yes, Hey-Boy just smells like a dog now. Mrs. Herb has a bunch of appointments and tests but is “out of the woods.”

    1. Thanks for the comment and stopping by. We’re not out of the woods completely but we are definitely better.

  6. I’m a lazy reader who predominantly operates in the ‘reader’ and your comments are now working there. I’m also a lazy commenter so if I fail to comment tomorrow it’s no real confirmation of anything other than I’m just lazy.

    1. I can relate to lazy. I am happy that it’s working in Reader, though, because there are, I think, many of your ilk on WordPress, lol.

  7. I only ever go to the actual page – not the Reader – and on a PC. It’s more time consuming but if I don’t I’ll simply go like like like like without reading anything.

    1. Thanks for sharing that. I’m trying to make it a useful tool. I don’t just click like if I really don’t like or haven’t at least read the piece. Sometimes, for me, clicking like on a post indicates that I read it.

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