The Geeky Guide to WordPress – Managing the blogs you follow

As I’ve been doing this blogging thing a little while now and it seemed a good idea to pass on a few of the things that I’ve learned over the five years that I’ve been doing this. In easy and often geeky steps you’ll be taken through the steps and point out the pitfalls of taking your blog seed and growing it into something really amazing.



Follow Settings

When you first start out blogging you want to find out who’s what in the bloggin world and you kind of end up following nearly everyone, at least that’s what I did and don’t get me wrong it’s not a bad thing and you my bloggies are a great bunch. But sometimes you want to manage what it is you see.


In your reader view there’ a manage button on your followed sites, when you click on it you get a view kind of like this:


Here there is a little treasure trove of things you can do, yes you can unfollow from here but it’s not just about this – it’s about following those blogs you love more closely.

1) You can get notified whenever a blogger posts something.

2) You can get emails on their posts which can be whenever they post or a daily / weekly digest.

3) You can get emails on their comments. Useful at times but perhpas also slightly stalker-ish.

With this simple little tool you can really keep up on those blogs that post the interesting stuff and people you love to read.


Focussing your Reader


When you’re on the WordpRess reader, how does the strem look? Are you looking to get lost in someone’s thoughts on a fantasy book or the next vegan recipe tip? All you can see are humourous cartoons of political satire and someone’s trip to the Seychelles?  To cure this there’s this next little trick – Lists.


On the reader page below where the followed sites are managed is the lists function. Click on this, create a new list and then add the blogs that you want to see in the list.

This is a pretty neat way of selecting what blogs you’re seeing at any one time and allows you to keep up with the ones you love most. So far I’ve only got one list and it needs updating but I can imagine that a few lists are useful.



What are the issue you have with managing blogs? Do you have a question on WordPress and how to use it? Let me know your thoughts on this and the other posts in the Geeky Guide to WordPress series.


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22 thoughts on “The Geeky Guide to WordPress – Managing the blogs you follow

  1. I can’t see the list in my reader and can’t figure out if there is a setting I need to enable it. According to, lists aren’t currently available. Not a showstopper, I’m just a bit lost. But I did see a ton of interesting things to explore in the support site.

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      1. That’s ok, no need to apologise. I don’t know what’s going on because I can see lists in my web browser. Maybe it’s the browser you’re using our it needs updating. But I’m just guessing.


  2. Oh neat! I follow a lot of blogs and some tend to get lost in my reader (e.g. especially when they do a time release).

    One question I have is that when someone who has a private blog and responds to my comment, I never get a notification. I have to go back to that private blog and see if they have responded. Is there a setting that I’m missing?

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    1. That’s the way it goes, it’s a bit silly for WordPress to make it do that as standard. I don’t think anyone wants an email from every post from every follower. lol

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  3. Aha, I haven’t checked on managing the blogs I follow and the reader can get cluttered and I miss some people’s posts. Thanks for the tip, Simon. I will go and begin organizing right away!

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