Well, I guarantee that you will get more “Likes” from me, at least.

And that is the collective “you,” btw.

Look, I love, love, love to read.

And I especially love to read Indie Authors, Indie Poets, Indie…

Well, let’s just say you had me at “Indie.”

Which is why I believe WordPress is the best invention since the remote control.

WordPress is an organic eruption of creativity and expression.

WordPress is Indie Heaven.

If I could marry WordPress, I would…among other things.

In fact, there is so much Indie creativity and expression erupting from WordPress that it is impossible to gather it all in.

That is why the WordPress Reader is so critical to me and my endeavor to read and appreciate as many Indie Writers and Creators as I possible can.

I pretty much live in that Reader.

In fact, you could just about call me a WordPress Reader agoraphobic.

I really get a bit antsy when someone, or something, tries to prompt me away from it.

So, if you are one of those creators who think you are going to get more page views by only showing a summary of your post in the Reader so we’ll click out of it to your website, well, I’m here to tell you, chances are you probably won’t.

At least not by me.


Hear me when I say that I really want to both like and “Like” what you have created. And while I may not always like your message and/or content, I will just about always like and “Like” the effort.

As you well know, as is evidenced by your own sweat equity, Writing and Drawing and Poeting ain’t always easy.

It takes effort, and I like effort…especially when it’s coming from others.

But I am not going to like or “Like” something unless I read it, all of it, with my own eyes.

Now I’m sure some so-called pro bloggers will “Like” just about anything, whether they like it or not, and whether they read it or not.

But that’s not me.

I’m here for the content and the relationship building that quality content generates.

But if you’re trying to drag me away from my Reader then…let me tell ya, you better have a really, really good hook of a title and some powerful content in that Reader summary.

It happens sometimes.

And I really look forward to those times when it does.

But, in all honesty, it doesn’t happen nearly enough.

So, help me help you help me by going to your Dashboard, then click on your Settings, then click on Reader, and then where it says For each article in a feed, show, please, please, please click on the Full text radio button.

If you do, the Writing Gods will smile on you.

And so will I.

I guarantee it…

Like/”Like” it or not.


  1. Hi, and thank you for checking out and following my blog “About Sketching”. I am intrigued by your writing & poetry. Also viewed one of your YouTube videos, which was inspiring to me as I am always looking for ways to share & market what my own creativity has produced.
    I will follow your advice on the reader settings. Truthfully, I didn’t even realize there was a choice. Thank you!

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    1. I was going to say something to the effect that many probably aren’t even aware of the settings…but there is a fine line between giving good advice and being an annoying pedant (and I’m always on the verge, if not actually on, the latter) so I didn’t. :)

      Thanks for stopping by. I really enjoy your site.

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  2. Thank you! This has been bothering me too lately. Sometimes (…or most times) I just want to read the post, “Like” it if I do, and continue down my reader. People who only give the summary lose out in that I often just don’t read it

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  3. just started on wordpress and love how organic it is ….it’s so easy to write something and get that instant feedback and connection. love finding good things to read also!

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  4. For what it’s worth, my blog entries are summaries or information about the chapters and then I have a link to the chapter. I hope I haven’t lost you. I use the blog to tell what is in the chapter and a bit of my thinking during the writing and editing. Should my loyal readers actually try to go to the story, there is also a “home page” for the story I’m writing so people can navigate.

    I don’t put the whole darn chapter in the blog for two reasons. 1) They are too darn long (ok I admit it – I write too much. But the first step to recovery is admitting our powerlessness…) 2) I know a bit about navigation and I publish the stories as pages so dedicated readers (like you…hopefully…someday…maybe…please) will be able to easily find the first chapter without having to scroll through my 50 blog entries.

    But I get your point. These days most people are reading on mobile devices. If you want to be read, it has to fit on the screen of an iPod.

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    1. Hi syddent,
      Thanks so much for reading and taking the time to share with us your thought provoking comment.

      I guess my response is – If it’s working for you, then that’s all that matters. This “pro” tip is referring to having your posts summarized in the WordPress Reader, not on your site proper. However, I am also a little leery of summary posts even on the site. I’m still pondering over this but I am always (usually?) against anything that will slow down the reader’s ability to get to the complete message the author is trying to convey.

      Now, you’ve also brought up the question about whether an author should blog her/his book or not. Of course, it’s a personal choice – and you can find quite a bit of discussion out there if you look for it – but to give you insight into how I feel about it, I’ll share with you the working draft title of the “pro” tip I’m working on specifically for this topic:



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  5. Does this make it look to long? Is this the WordPress reader or some other type of reader. I changed the setting but my concern is that I have written 1000 words plus on my blogs. Will this overwhelm? I don’t want to force myself in people’s faces.

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  6. Hello intuitivemedition,
    I’m sorry to say but I’m not sure what your antecedents are for “this” and “it” when you ask, Does this make it look to long?

    As for the length of a post, in this day and age of twitter and the internet sapping our brains of the inability to read long articles, I would have to say the shorter the post the better because, yes, sadly, many readers are overwhelmed by long posts.

    However, if it’s a killer post that slays the reader and draws him/her in and refuses to let him/her go until every word has been read, then length doesn’t matter.

    Write On!



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