There are 3 main ways you can read a new blog posts from a blogger you follow on WordPress.com as a WordPress.com blogger yourself
- The WordPress.com Reader
- or By Notification.
I have tried all three of these. I started by email and it was fun and enjoyable, and I was able to be keep my email box to zero with no problem – this was way back in 2016 when I started blogging. When we follow a blogger on WordPress.com email notification is the default position.
Then, I started to follow more blogs and stumbled upon the WordPress.com READER ( I was a bit late to realise this existed), then I stopped looking at my emails. My email box got out of control!! I would then spend x hours deleting emails !! This carried on for a good few years, until the middle of last year 2021 when I turned all email notifications off, ensuring my email inbox was only filled with relevant conversations and not a sea of new post notifications. I had to do this, as I was not able to see important emails that I needed to respond to. Turning all emails notification off meant that I used the WordPress.com Reader as my main way keeping up to date with the bloggers I follow. Now even with the reader I was missing some post. Let’s face it, I have always struggled to keep up to date with all the blogs I follow.
Anyway, turning off all email notifications really helped. Using the Reader helped. But, still …
Eventually, I discovered late’ that you can get notification of new blog post via the ‘bell icon’ on our WordPress.com Sites so I started to use that for only a handful of sites I follow, to get use to it. Yes, it has helped.
I created a little Youtube Video on it. I hope it makes sense and you can follow what I am saying – and maybe you can give it a go if you are struggling. Basically, I changed the way I interact with the blogs I follow, because honestly – it was death by email and I was missing really important emails.
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