Follow My Blog … I’d like to but I cannot because …

Havi555ng only recently joined WordPress, I have been finding my feet with other blogs. I have met some wonderful new friends, and read fantastic posts. However, I have also hit a few brick walls. Some I mentioned in my post about improving your gravatar presence.

Various WordPress blogs/sites I wish to follow, I cannot as they have no means of me doing so. They have not set up the browser bar option or it is hidden by poor colouring of the theme header. I am too busy to copy/paste the url, and add into readers, etc. I want to click that little old ‘follow’ button, and move on to pastures new.

Some blogs have no comments open, and I would love to leave a little message now and then. A word of encouragement, and it is frustrating when the blog owner has asked a question of their reader. Where are we supposed to respond?

Others have no ‘like’ button, or any means of sharing their posts, like the fabulous, ‘reblog button’ with others. I feel this is such a shame, and for authors, a wasted marketing opportunity.

Sometimes it is worth a half hour to take a look at your site, check out the various options available within the dashboard of WordPress. I am here to stay, I love the features. The only brick-wall I have come across is the loading of pictures to the sidebar and adding links but I overcame the obstacle, and managed to do a static image with a list below (British Romance Writers).

Are you wasting viewing opportunities? Have you opened up your blog to others but given them no way to follow or communicate? Is it time for a Spring-clean?

We are out there, us eager readers, the keen blog followers of your particular genre, topic or product, just let us in!


About Glynis Smy

I live in the UK, in the seaside town of, Dovercourt~Harwich, where I enjoy writing novels. I've written historical romance/suspense, Medical romance and my latest WIP is in the crime genre. The Victorian era fascinates me and the best part of writing a novel is often the research. Proud writing moments in my life: Shortlisted for Festival of Romance Fiction 2014 New Talent Award Reaching second round of Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2014 Maggie's Child: reached #1 Amazon best-seller: Historical Romance Victorian /February 2014/ebook & book paid list. May 2014 #3 Historical Romance Victorian, and #25 in Historical Romance paid top 100 best-seller list. Top 100 in three categories on Amazon UK best-seller listings in 2015. Seeing my books in a Suffolk (UK), library. Over the years I've written short stories in a variety of genres. I've also won a few poetry contests, my first was at the age of twelve, (a poem about the Bangladeshi war). I also won a children's short story competition where the prize was a first-aid box, I was so proud but my husband found it amusing because we owned two pharmacies. My articles have been published in magazines both in the UK and Cyprus. I am also featured in various places on-line. When I am not writing, I enjoy making greetings cards, Cross Stitch, fishing and the company of my little granddaughters.
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17 Responses to Follow My Blog … I’d like to but I cannot because …

  1. jadereyner says:

    I echo this – it can be frustrating at times when you really want to follow but you just can’t! Thanks for raising this issue. 🙂

  2. Great reminder, Glynis. It doesn’t take long to evaluate your own site but it’s well worth the effort.

  3. I’ve come across the same stumbling blocks myself – to the point that I would leave a message or send an email explaining that I don’t have the time to check my reader and so I need to have that lovely “follow” button to click otherwise I won’t know about all of the great blog entries I might be missing!

    A friend of mine has just begun a WordPress blog and I’m helping her put it together. It’s the least I can do for someone trying to reach a wider audience.

    • Glynis Smy says:

      Yes, help your friend, and she will benefit from the results. It is frustrating when you send an email and get no response, and it makes me wonder why they bother with a blog in the first place, if they don’t wish to interact. A plain website would be more their sort of platform. Thanks for dropping by.

  4. Maranna says:

    Thanks Glynis. Will check mine out now. It’s good to be reminded of possible issues.

  5. Good stuff, Glynis. Thanks.

  6. I think mine is open to anyone- hence the Anonymous posters- but I’ll recheck my settings.

  7. Thanks, Glynis. All these are mostly available on mine (Follow/Shares/Etc). Widgets are helpful for personalised column features. I changed theme recently and noticed the link for comments is lost at the end of the tags. So… I may look at themes again. I like a clear Comment link. Otherwise, I love WordPress! x

  8. Val Mills says:

    Glynis, I haven’t looked in here for a week or two and am so pleased to see all that has happened since my last visit. I totally agree with you, it’s quite frustrating not being able to access somethign or leave a message. Even now, after a few months, I’m still discovering that, depending on the style of the blog, there are different places on the page where one can leave comments. For me it’s sometimes just a matter of finding therm.

    • Glynis Smy says:

      Hi Val, yes the blog is growing. I am settling in fast. I always feel for the blogger if they haven’t got the means of communication set up. I often wonder if they don’t realise, and sit at home feeling unloved! 🙂

      Thanks for dropping by.

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