A while ago, I opted to “follow” my own blog to make sure my posts appear in the WordPress Reader. I usually check when running my author interview series, since those take a few weeks (or a few months!) to do, and I want to be sure they get maximum visibility.
I peeked at the Reader on Monday and my interview with Kim Cooper Findling was missing. Whenever that happens, I edit the the post in an invisible way, such as adding a space at the end of a line, and then click update. That often brings my post into view. But this time it didn’t work.
I knew about not exceeding 15 combined tags and categories from reading Susie Lindau’s useful post, How to Break Out of Jail and Other Useful Tidbits. That wasn’t the problem. So I opted to start a public community forum question–something I’ve never done. Timethief, a member, answered with an amazing troubleshooting list, which you should bookmark in case you ever run into this issue. That’s why I’m writing this post–to share that wonderful list.
Alas, none of those things resolved my issue, but a wonderful Happiness Engineer from WordPress stepped in and fixed whatever-it-was. I’m so glad I spoke up! Apparently two posts never showed up in the Reader. Here they are in case you missed them:
- Author Kim Cooper Findling’s Seven Questions interview
- Which bestselling debut author will I be featuring in August?
If anyone else has tips about posts showing up in the Reader, or experience with your posts not showing up, please share in the comments!