THIS DOES NOT WORK FOR MY BLOG! Warning RANT ahead.
So we were asked to follow five new topics in the reader. Than can be done and is not that difficult but there are some major annoyances with “the reader”. For people who do not know; the reader is what you see after you login to WordPress.com. Here is an example:
You can use the reader to search on tags, follow and recommend blogs or find your friends that have a WordPress.com blog. Now here comes the big annoyance in case you have your own hosted WordPress blog (A blog that is not hosted on WordPress.com) like this blog, there is NOTHING to find in the reader. Only if I make a comment in the “commons” you might be able to see and read that but it still won’t show up in the reader. Ah then we have track backs to solve that right? NOPE does not work. Oh but what about the tag BLOGGING101 in my blog? NOPE does noting to the reader because I’M NOT ON WORDPRESS.COM…..I feel discriminated, left out and maybe will quit this blogging 101 just for the sake of it. I know I should just keep going on and maybe there are advantages but now let me put my foot down and be angry about it.
WordPress.com could solve this by allowing track backs! Who is going to help me motivate to stay with this? Maybe you can explain that I’m wrong with this observation? Get connected and use the comments on my blog.
I asked this question in “The commons” and got my answer from an admin:
Self-hosted blogs are not automatically included in the Reader; it’s WordPress.com only. If you have readers who use WordPress.com, they can choose to add you to the list of blogs they follow in the Reader, but your blog still won’t be available there for people who are just searching or browsing topics — that’s why adding tags to your posts doesn’t cause you to appear there. That will hopefully change in the near future, but right now, the Reader is WordPress.com-focused.