If you feel like it’s a chore to keep up with all your favorite blogs, you can now read posts from all the blogs you follow (even the ones that aren’t on WordPress.com!) in one convenient place on the WordPress.com home page:
Your reader displays all the posts across all the blogs you follow in the order they were published, with the most recent content appearing at the top. You’ll see an excerpt of the introduction to each post, the first image in the post, and thumbnails of any other images that the post contains.
You can even like and reblog WordPress.com content directly from the reader (we’re working on bringing reblogs back to the toolbar!) using the icons in the top right corner of each post:
Whether you’re at the computer or using the WordPress app on an Android or iOS mobile device, having all the posts from the blogs you follow in one place makes it easy to find the updates that are important to you, and skip over the ones that aren’t.
Click in the toolbar at the top of any WordPress.com site (you must be logged in to see it) to add new blogs to your reader. For directions on adding blogs from Tumblr, Blogger, and other services to your reader, check out the support document on managing the blogs you follow.
Discover New Blogs, Too
To find some awesome new WordPress.com blogs you might like, check out the Recommended Blogs section of the reader:
Right now you can browse blogs in twelve different categories, and we’ll be adding more very soon.
Use WordPress.com as a Real-Time Information Network
If you want to see what people are saying about your hometown, favorite sports team, or a concert you attended last night, add any topic to your reader to create a stream of all posts published with that tag.
You can add as many topic streams to your reader as you like. You’ll notice frequent updates being published under general topics like “art” and “books,” but you can also add more specific topics like “Picasso” or “J. K. Rowling.”
Want less email?
Each time you follow a blog, new posts from that site will appear instantly in your reader, and you’ll also receive them by email. If you prefer to receive email notifications on a daily or weekly basis, or not at all, you can change your default email settings from the bottom left corner of your reader. You can also change your email notification preferences on a per-blog basis.
Find Friends on WordPress.com
Want to see if any of your Facebook and Twitter friends are on WordPress.com? Give the Friend Finder a try:
So, how will you use the reader, and what can we do to improve it?
- Jan 20, 2012 @ 12:04 am
Jan 20th at 1:26 am
Reblogged this on Andy Peatling on WordPress.
Jan 20th at 1:30 am
Reblogged this on thehiltonburnellfiles.
Jan 20th at 1:38 am
How to read blogs that are not on wordpress.com ? can I subscribe to particular rss or blog ?
Jan 20th at 1:41 am
Reblogged this on Matt Thomas and commented:
We’ve been working on this one for a while now! We’ve still got lots of ideas for improvements, but it’s great to finally get to announce it.
Jan 20th at 1:50 am
You need to list a category for spirituality.
Jan 20th at 2:20 am
Already use it for wordpress blogs and love it! Will now try for other services too Good bye Google Reader!!
Jan 20th at 2:27 am
Reblogged this on Chris Clayton on WordPress and commented:
Sweet! Will this become my new Google Reader?
Jan 20th at 2:35 am
Love you, WordPress!
Jan 20th at 2:36 am
This is great! Thanks I am going to definitely try this out.
Jan 20th at 2:38 am
Will this replace Google reader? I hope so! Great offering!
Jan 20th at 3:03 am
That is awesome!! It will save me a lot of time. I look forward to the recommendations too.
Jan 20th at 3:06 am
Jan 20th at 3:07 am
Reblogged this on YOU DECIDE and commented:
One of the BEST features WP has come up with. Awesome and thank you
Jan 20th at 3:12 am
Just added my list of favorite blogs, but… I don’t like the fact that it loads the blog posts in the order they are posted and that it is difficult for me to decipher which post is from which blog if they aren’t wordpress blogs. I was hoping for something with a layout like Freshly pressed that would show the newest post there or in someway sorted by blog rather than timeline. We’ll see if I can adjust, or if I just need to delete the more prolific bloggers so they don’t hide the less frequent but more important blogs of my family and friends.
Jan 20th at 3:21 am
What an awesome idea – this makes keeping up a lot easier and doesnt overfill your inbox!
Jan 20th at 3:30 am
…at last. loving it!
Jan 20th at 3:51 am
Exactly, this feature is very useful
Jan 20th at 4:04 am
This is great!
Jan 20th at 4:24 am
My compliments on creating a way for a new bloger to find an audience for a blog and to explore other blogs. Thanks for the help
Jan 20th at 4:34 am
Thanks for this post! I love that I now can use my WordPress app on my iPhone and iPad instead of another app. There are some things about the other app I’ve been using that actually makes it a little nicer and easier to navigate. Will you all be doing any enhancements or taking new ideas for the look and feel of how to read all the blogs I follow?
Jan 20th at 4:35 am
Jan 20th at 4:44 am
I’m going to try this out with non-WP.com blogs. It’s actually kind of exciting!
Jan 20th at 4:55 am
Reblogged this on Android.
Jan 20th at 4:57 am
Excellent. So, does mean you are going to finally kill Readomattic?
Jan 20th at 5:07 am
Reblogged this on tekArtist and commented:
Super stoked to have unleashed this baby today. My team and I have been working hard on it for a while now. Still lots to do and improve, but the best way to make great software is to release it and get feedback from “real users”.
Jan 20th at 5:19 am
Reblogged this on Things I grab, motley collection and commented:
Good thing to know, thanks (whomever) for sharing.
Jan 20th at 5:41 am
Thank you for this! It seems more organized than what we used to have.
Jan 20th at 5:48 am
Jan 20th at 6:40 am
Reblogged this on Experience Aurie and commented:
Wordpress gets better all the time…If you’re a blogger, I think you should definitely give WP a try.
Jan 20th at 7:15 am
Wanted this. Google reader which by the way “loses” blogs from day to day is on Flipboard. When WordPress Reader available on Flipboard app great. But this is good.
Jan 20th at 7:19 am
Reblogged this on Ich sag mal.
Jan 20th at 8:16 am
I love this! Great to see the extras
Jan 20th at 8:21 am
Good Job, this is extremely user friendly and easy to navigate
Jan 20th at 8:26 am
Amazing .. A had put a like .. As I really like it !!
Jan 20th at 8:35 am
Another good move
Jan 20th at 8:40 am
I AM A NEW USER AND I MUST SAY THAT THIS IS AWESOME…
Jan 20th at 8:47 am
Is there a feature for automatically importing from other readers? It would be great to just bulk import from Google Reader, for example.
Jan 20th at 8:53 am
Very exciting! I can’t stand Google reader so I’ve been using Blogger’s regular blogs-I’m-following interface, but it’s really not very user-friendly. I promptly put in 100+ blogs on my WordPress account though, so I can escape Blogger’s weird interface. Except! six or seven blogs that I know to have valid RSS feeds don’t work – when I enter their URLs, I get an error message saying there’s no RSS feed. Is there a way to use this WordPress feature to follow a (non-WP) blog using the RSS feed icon on the blog? This issue isn’t covered in the “Managing Blogs I Follow” support article, alas.
Jan 20th at 8:55 am
Enhancements and reminders on “how to use” are always welcome, thank you
Jan 20th at 9:09 am
Jan 20th at 9:12 am
Reblogged this on Zeb Bakes and commented:
As I never got on with google reader, this might just work, but I don’t understand the huge list of tags running down the index page. I also now know how to add non WordPress blogs to my reading list so I can keep up better. Don’t forget to add follow methods to your blogs for people who don’t use the same blogging platform as you, make it as easy as you can for your readers. I know I have to do something about helpful indexing soon. I promise I will. I was thinking of doing the posts which have recipes or the ones that are most visited, together with the ones that I like but don’t seem to get picked up. How do you deal with indexing old content and making it easy for readers to find your best and most useful posts? Any suggestions welcome. Joanna
Jan 20th at 9:38 am
I’ve been tinkering with this already.
the best thing about it is that i can help it refine which tags and categories of mine work best and get the best audience.
is there anyway of providing a summary of which topics people use the most, like the tags/categories???
Jan 20th at 10:26 am
Now this is cool.
And judging from the image above it uses responsive web design on the theme so should be great on my phone.
You should use some of that technology that can summarise posts automatically, that would be great for us commuters. But as it stands this is sweet.
Jan 20th at 10:41 am
Reblogged this on Le tReZ bLoG and commented:
Jan 20th at 11:50 am
Jan 20th at 11:54 am
Thanks a lot for this new feature.
Jan 20th at 12:19 pm
Why would anyone want to read blogs not on WordPress.com?
Jan 20th at 12:30 pm
Reblogged this on ZWITSERLAND.
Jan 20th at 12:32 pm
This is very cool! I like the recommended blogs feature, and the new badges to help me find them. I will definitely be using that.
Jan 20th at 1:20 pm
Jan 20th at 1:29 pm
Could any one tell me if we can have a similar functionality(in a form of plugin) to our WordPress self hosted sites ? Any plugin available yet?
Jan 20th at 1:41 pm
Reblogged this on iamkarir and commented:
I love this!
Jan 20th at 3:02 pm
Oh yeah, this is fantastic! Now I can have much more meaningful interaction with bloggers that create great content. Thanks!
Jan 20th at 4:13 pm
An excellent idea!
Jan 20th at 4:28 pm
Is this new? I’ve been using Read Blogs as my reader for a while now. Yes, it’s very good. The one issue I occasionally have is that sometimes posts are duplicated in the reader. Not sure why, and actually, it hasn’t happened in recent days so maybe it was a bug that got fixed.
Anyway, yes, Read Blogs works very nicely.
Jan 20th at 4:54 pm
Great innovation. Fantastic work guys and girls.
Jan 20th at 4:59 pm
WordPress reader should allow users to choose the post that they want to read by clicking on it rather than just loading posts automatically. It will prove a good feature for users like me who have poor internet connection
Jan 20th at 5:07 pm
Awesome. What do you think, is WordPress the next big thing in social?
Jan 20th at 5:43 pm
Reblogged this on Il blog delle amiche.
Jan 20th at 6:06 pm
I was wondering if there is a way to click on the recommended blog for the different categories? I can only follow them. However, I am not able to click on the blog recommendation first to see if I do truly want to follow them. This would be a great function to incorporate. Maybe I’m missing something, though.
Jan 20th at 7:04 pm
It’s great that I can now get non-WP blogs in this reader. Is it possible to create a way to schedule blog promotion from here-like Tweeting and Facebooking. I Got rid of Google Reader and I just joined Triberr, but I don’t like it. I’d love to use WordPress blog reader to send out more than one tweet a day for other bloggers, like I can in Triberr or on Tweetdeck and Hootsuite.
Jan 20th at 7:06 pm
Reblogged this on Marcia Richards.
Jan 20th at 7:42 pm
Please add a Christian category
Jan 20th at 8:06 pm
Great idea, thanks.
Jan 20th at 8:32 pm
Jan 20th at 8:51 pm
I didn’t realise you could add blogs from other sites like blogger, I like this even more now!
Jan 20th at 8:56 pm
(How) Is it possible to import e.g. OPML from Bloglines?
Jan 20th at 9:03 pm
I sort of can’t believe you come up with so many new ideas all the time! WordPress is my first blogging experience, and I love it thanks. This reader thing – a great idea.
Jan 20th at 9:09 pm
Reblogged this on differentways2teach and commented:
This is a fantastic way for educators to exchange ideas in one place! I love it…
Jan 20th at 10:39 pm
Reblogged this on Just Hugo and commented:
I’m so proud of my fellow Automatticians who’ve been working on this! I’m also proud to have helped out with the Recommended Blogs wizard!
Jan 21st at 12:26 am
If you are going to follow this is a great to keep organized.
Jan 21st at 2:53 am
good, great, fantastic, amazing thx
Jan 21st at 6:54 am
I love being able to access the Reader through the WordPress app on my iPhone! My only request is to add an option that allows the app notify me when new posts are published by blogs that I follow. That would be AWESOME.
Thanks for all your hard work nonetheless.
Jan 21st at 10:36 am
Reblogged this on highonahill and commented:
This seems like a brilliant development. I’m going to give this a go in preference to Bloglovin’ which I’ve been using since last June (http://highonahill.wordpress.com/2011/06/23/im-bloglovin-it/)
The one feature I do like on Bloglovin’ is the ability to sort blogs by category – I can then just look at all the updates from, for example, the photography or Cumbrian blogs I follow. Wonder if this could be a feature in the pipeline?
Jan 21st at 12:13 pm
Reblogged this on rickymastercoach.
Jan 21st at 12:16 pm
Reblogged this on rickymastercoach.wordpress.com and commented
Jan 21st at 12:39 pm
Reblogged this on Paolo Belcastro and commented:
Reblogging from the reader…
Jan 21st at 8:36 pm
Reblogged this on felicia's space and commented:
A New Way Of Thinking – A New Way Of Being – To know harmony is to know the changeless; To know the changeless is to have insight.
Jan 21st at 10:34 pm
Thank you, oh thank you, for this reader! I get so much email I was really having trouble keeping up on all the blogs I follow. You just aided me in my resolution to simplify my life!
Jan 22nd at 12:22 am
Reblogged this on JJJ.
Jan 22nd at 12:25 am
Reblogged this on dongchanlee.
Jan 22nd at 12:26 am
Reblogged this on Fuera De La Ventana and commented:
Buenas noticias tenemos de parte de los chicos de WordPress: Desde ahora podemos seguir las entradas de otros blogs sin ir muy lejos de nuestras cuentas de WordPress, ya había visto el botón de “Seguir”, pero hasta ahora viene a cobrar significado, es una buena forma de seguir los Blogs de nuestros amigos2.0 y la forma más fácil de estar actualizado con toda la blogosfera, este movimiento parece ser muy acertado
Jan 22nd at 1:48 am
I Like It´s Cool!
Jan 22nd at 6:15 am
Reblogged this on saileenayak and commented:
A really easy way to be connected…
Jan 22nd at 10:16 am
Hello WordPress Bloggers It’s look like every one very happy here
This is Great… another Cool feature from WordPress. I have already try use this & it’s amazing Fun-Tastic, Like it Very much.
Thank You Word Press
Jan 22nd at 2:14 pm
Reblogged this on KAMI DARI SEMUA, IndonesiAn BlogWalker and commented:
Get Relax and having Fun while Blogging [ Only with WordPress ]
→ We can add whatever we like ( category ), simply type in “Topic You Like” to the “add a topic” box on the left of the reader.
→ Read posts from all the blogs er follow (even the ones that aren’t on WordPress.com!) in one convenient place on the WordPress.com home page. Keep up with our Favorite Blog more easier Now.
→ Check out the Recommended Blogs section of the reader to find some awesome new WordPress.com blogs we might like.
→ Use the Friend Finder to help you to find your Facebook and Twitter friends on WordPress.com.
→ Going to replace Readomattic ( ? )
Jan 22nd at 3:10 pm
Jan 22nd at 4:49 pm
This is terrific. Some days, I don’t have time to go through the motions of going into every single blog that I follow to see if there’s new content posted. And the emails were getting to be a bit much. This is such a great improvement — I love it!
Jan 22nd at 5:34 pm
Reblogged this on thenitewriter.
Jan 22nd at 6:07 pm
Reblogged this on The AMO Times.
Jan 22nd at 8:09 pm
Reblogged this on Keep Your Stick on the Ice.
Jan 22nd at 8:30 pm
A lot to take in but all totally useful, Thanks.
Jan 22nd at 9:31 pm
Reblogged this on vhmolinam.
Jan 22nd at 11:20 pm
I applaud the effort, but so far Google Reader is working so much better for me and my 500+ streams. For a couple of reasons:
- So far I’ve tried following a few blogs in here, but haven’t been able to figure out how to assign tags to them. How do I do that? It certainly isn’t very intuitive. Note, I want to organize my feeds, I don’t want them pre-organized.
- I haven’t found a “keep unread” choice for posts. There’s frequently posts that looks interesting, but that I don’t have time to read just then. I’d like an easy way to keep them.
I’ll keep an eye on this. I certainly have issues with Google Reader too and wouldn’t mind switching if I found something better. So far this isn’t it, unfortunately.
Jan 23rd at 12:00 am
my gratitude to word press.com