Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time

Yesterday I posted about a way to add a drop cap to the opening paragraph of a post to give it a more professional look. And if you go to my blog and read the actual post from there, it does look kind of cool.But I learned today that if you read my post with a drop cap in the WordPress Reader, it’s a whole different story.My question to you, those who read my posts, is this. Do you typically read them in the WordPress Reader or do you go visit my blog and read them on the internet as they were formatted to look?

Let me know, please.

38 thoughts on “Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time

  1. bushboy October 13, 2020 / 3:18 pm

    A bit of both. Sometimes from Reader and others from the email link. Not sure what the difference is. Just opened this post from the link and there’s no difference but I am using a PC

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  2. Marleen October 13, 2020 / 3:24 pm

    I don’t use the WordPress Reader; I visit your blog site.

    Liked by 2 people

  3. RuthScribbles October 13, 2020 / 3:27 pm

    I read in notifications area… if I can’t I go to the web. We never had this problem until the block editor came in

    Liked by 1 person

  4. slmret October 13, 2020 / 3:29 pm

    I read the emails that come to me from WP — perhaps a 3rd option?

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango October 13, 2020 / 7:59 pm

      When you click on the link in the email, does it take you to the website?

      Liked by 1 person

      • slmret October 13, 2020 / 8:14 pm

        If it’s the original post, it takes me to the post on the website. If it’s a comment, sometimes it goes to the website, then I scroll down and click on “comments” to get to the comments section. Either way, once I get to a comment, I can scroll down and read all comments. The difference may depend on whose site I’m reading, in which case, that may reflect how the post or the comment was entered.

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  5. Taswegian1957 October 13, 2020 / 3:29 pm

    I use the Reader but when the option is given to visit the writers site I do that as I like to see posts the way that they were meant to look.

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  6. lindakempwriter October 13, 2020 / 3:29 pm

    Good question. At the moment, I can’t comment and like posts when I’m not in WP reader. I’m logged in, but it just refuses to do what I want. So, at the mo, I access through WP reader only, but I do prefer to visit the blogs themselves.
    And I find my current situation very frustrating. With the tech skills that begin and end with opening and saving Word documents, I’ve no idea how to fix it. Gah!!

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    • Fandango October 13, 2020 / 10:22 pm

      You shouldn’t have to know how to fix it. WordPress should fix it.


        • Fandango October 13, 2020 / 11:17 pm

          On my iPhone, using the WordPress iOS app, there is a “Help & Support” link where you can open a help ticket. But more than likely the WordPress happiness engineers will tell you it’s an issue with your browser, not a WordPress issue.

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          • lindakempwriter October 13, 2020 / 11:20 pm

            Ah right. Well that would be a most unhelpful outcome. But thanks, I’ll give it a try ☺️

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          • lindakempwriter October 15, 2020 / 8:45 pm

            And that’s exactly what I’ve just been told Fandango. After a bit of huffing and puffing down a side-track after the happiness engineers (as you so aptly describe them) clearly didn’t read my request thoroughly! So it appears I now have to access my WP site through Chrome, even though I exclusively use Firefox. Grrr.

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  7. Renard Moreau October 13, 2020 / 3:33 pm

    🙂 If I happen to encounter one of your blog posts via the WordPress Reader, I would press the “Visit” tab underneath it; which forwards me to the actual blog post.

    I am one of those people who memorize URLs (I happen to know yours by heart).

    Also, I prefer to visit your blog directly.

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    • Fandango October 13, 2020 / 10:25 pm

      I see your posts in my reader but I always click on “visit” so I can see how you intended your posts to look and be read.


      • lifelessons October 13, 2020 / 10:26 pm

        Yes, I do, too, as it is the only way to actually see the entire post.

        Liked by 1 person

  8. cagedunn October 13, 2020 / 4:35 pm

    I’ve noticed things like that, and now don’t do anything more than headings and plain text …

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango October 13, 2020 / 10:30 pm

      Yeah, I think rather than trying to do anything fancy, I’ll just stick with “KISS” (Keep It Simple, Stupid).

      Liked by 1 person

  9. Sadje October 13, 2020 / 7:30 pm

    I do read them in my WP reader. And yes the T just looked like a T, standing at the top, all alone.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango October 13, 2020 / 10:36 pm

      Posts of those I follow show up in my reader, but I almost always go visit the site rather than reading the post in the reader.

      Liked by 1 person

  10. Marilyn Armstrong October 13, 2020 / 8:18 pm

    I read on my computer and I gotta tell ya, it doesn’t look good. It looked worse in email, but it looks only nominally better on the bigger screen. The fonts are all weird sizes and there are spaces all over the place where they ought not be. Do you use the block editor for this?

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    • Fandango October 13, 2020 / 10:41 pm

      No, I used the WordPress app for iOS on my iPhone which still has a version of the classic editor. I do not use the block editor at all. I created the drop cap using HTML.


  11. iidorun October 13, 2020 / 10:05 pm

    I use the reader. While it doesn’t capture all the fancy stuff on the website, I usually never have trouble commenting or accessing posts which sometimes happen when I read from the website. On the website, I have to log into WordPress to comment on each blog with can be a pain. So the reader is easier but plain.

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  12. Mister Bump UK October 13, 2020 / 10:39 pm

    I start off with your site then push a button to read it in my browser’s reader. The drop cap fucks things up – it considers the first char as separate from the rest of the word, but, you know, it’s no big deal. I can still see what the word is supposed to be.

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Irene October 14, 2020 / 8:41 am

    I used to go to the reader, but blotched formatting has been an issue even before the block editor kicked in, so I switched and always go directly to everyone’s websites.

    Liked by 1 person

  14. pensitivity101 October 14, 2020 / 11:20 am

    It’s usually the reader for me Fandango, but sometimes I visit the sites because I don’t get all of the post load or cannot like/comment.

    Liked by 1 person

  15. Ruth October 14, 2020 / 1:00 pm

    I always read posts on your actual blog, but I access them from the reader 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  16. leigha66 October 21, 2020 / 6:34 pm

    I read from the reader… that way I read them in the order they were published by each writer without switching back and forth to other pages.

    Liked by 1 person

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