A Pet Peeve with the WordPress Reader – OR – How many clicks does it take to get to the center of your blog post?

Vintage 1970's commercial tootsie pop..Let's ask Mr Owl. How many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie pop?

When I first started my blog, I didn’t really do any research about hosts. Basically I knew about WordPress and one other site and the other site wanted me to give them more personal information than I was willing to do. So I went with WordPress and for the most part, I like it. I’ve also come across many, many WordPress blogs that I love that I may not have found otherwise. I do have one big pet peeve about it, though.


For those not familiar with WordPress, when you follow other WordPress blogs, they are all shown in a newsfeed called “Reader”. It shows up like how an article posted to Facebook might look like and when you click on a post, it opens another window, within the existing page, to show the full post. But sometimes, instead of the full post you get the above message. And. It. Drives. Me. Crazy.

Not all blogs do this. And I honestly have no idea how you do this (I am not skilled in the black arts of computering). I also don’t know the reason for it. Does it drive up the viewing stats for your blog? For me, the Impatient American, once I see this message, I often just close out of the post altogether. Unless I am very interested in the book or the subject of the post really intrigues me just from the title and first couple sentences, I’m not following through. And on Top Ten Tuesdays? Forget it! When there are literally hundreds of posts on the same subject, I’m skipping the ones that take more effort to get to.

What do you think? Does this annoy anyone else? Or do you think it’s no big deal?