Blog Housekeeping

First, I’ve just learned that when someone reads my blog in a reader (or on a smartphone), it isn’t counted as page views. And, well, getting page views is how I get paid for blogging. So if you read my blog on a reader – and I totally understand if you do, I use a reader too – it would be awesome if you would come to my actual blog site every couple of days and click through some posts just to ensure that your reading counts.

Second, I’ve made a few changes to my blog’s look and organized the categories and tags a bit better. So be sure to check it out! And do let me know if there’s anything you think might improve the reader experience. And don’t forget about my tabs, which I’ve tried to organize for ease of reading and browsing. I’ve put real work into them, in hopes that they’ll be a good resource.

Third, I want to thank those readers who loyally – or simply occasionally - comment on my posts. You guys have helped make this blog into a community, and I never case to be amazed with how insightful your comments are (yes, I do read them all!). I’m also constantly impressed without how civil and yet persistent you all are, even if it involves explaining something you think should be obvious, or something you’ve already explained five times. Seriously, you guys are amazing. So if you’ve never ventured into the comments sections on my posts, don’t be afraid to give it a try!

Fourth and finally, two of my favorite blogs have now joined Patheos as well! Say hello to Melissa of Permission to Live and Sierra of the Phoenix and the Olive Branch! I know many of you already follow them as well, but if you don’t, they’re worth a look. And the best part, for me that is? Though I met them both through blogging, Melissa and Sierra have both become good friends of mine in real life. And good friends are something to treasure. :-)

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About Libby Anne

Libby Anne grew up in a large evangelical homeschool family highly involved in the Christian Right. College turned her world upside down, and she is today an atheist, a feminist, and a progressive. She blogs about leaving religion, her experience with the Christian Patriarchy and Quiverfull movements, the detrimental effects of the "purity culture," the contradictions of conservative politics, and the importance of feminism.

  • Steve

    It now looks as if my screen is very dirty

  • Nadia Gomos

    Ive been reading your blog for a few months now (on reader) and never commented before but your blog is so damn amazing and inspiring. I honestly read everything you write and just wanna say thank you.

    I will also try to click more from now on :)

  • Aubergine

    Consider it done. :-)

  • Charlesbartley

    If I view your web page within the reader( so I can view the comments) rather than just read the RSS info do you get paid?

    • Libby Anne

      I am not 100% sure, but I think the general rule is that if there are ads, I get paid. This is why on an iPhone reader, even if you click through, it doesn’t count – because it doesn’t show ads.

  • Paula G V aka Yukimi

    I really like your new banner and what you’ve done with the sidebar but I don’t like the new background much. I still haven’t checked the rest of the stuff but it seems neat.

    At this pace you are going to end up overtaking Patheos and turning it Survivors Network j/k. I’m so glad you are getting your job recognised and remunerated ^^

  • Kacy

    I follow your blog with Feedreader. I’ll just open your blog in my browser from there. It’s easy enough to do, and then my view will be counted. You probably have MORE followers than you think, once the feed viewers are included.

  • machintelligence

    Patheos atheist channel is growing by leaps and bounds. They have also added Cross Examined (but it doesn’t show up in the index yet. ) I checked it out and was caught by the graph of God’s power vs time.
    It really appealed to the nerd in me. But then I’ve been in nerdvana since the Mars rover landing.

  • Latebloomer

    You must be making buckets of money with all my page views ;).

    Also, confession time: I’m totally jealous that you’ve met Melissa and Sierra in real life.

  • quietpanther

    Is there a way you can set the feed settings to only show the first couple lines or first paragraph of each post? That would force people to actually visit the blog if they want to read the whole article, and enable them to skim through the feed faster if they’re looking for a particular post. Just a thought.

    Love the new layout!

    • Libby Anne

      Yes I can, but I hesitate to do that because I read in a reader and HATE it when bloggers to that, and often simply don’t click through. I’d rather more people be reading and not get the page views that get a few more page views but have fewer people actually reading. :-)

      • z.

        My reader is one that only gives a little snippet. There are many, many blogs on my reader that I rarely click-through… yours, though? I click through 9 times out of 10. So thanks… I really enjoy reading you!

  • Alex Hawkins

    I am surprised that there is no way to track reader page views. It looks like this site is set up with FeedBurner and it’s supposed to do just that ( Fyi, I have never used it though.

  • Beth

    here’s a google reader-reader clicking over. honestly, though, i love reading the comments you get but the pop-ups always frustrate me so that’s a hindrance to my coming over here. but you get paid, so that’s awesome at least.

    • Paula G V aka Yukimi

      I don’t get any pop us when I browse this with Google Chrome (and I don’t use any ad blocker I think). What browser do you use?

      • BabyRaptor

        I get one or two. Don’t get them anywhere else, though…It’s odd.

      • Paula G V aka Yukimi

        So weird, because I really just have the standard google chrome browser without any ad-on at all and O get 0 pop-ups here but I get them in many other websites. Maybe it’s the anti-virus I use on the computer (Avg) although I thought it didn’t affect the browsing and it certainly doesn’t prevent pop ups in other websites.

        About the ads, from time to time I cliuck on the mormon ad because I find it funny to have them paying to my fave bloggers XP

  • Alexandra

    Does anyone know if the fact that I have adblock on prevent my page views from counting? I’d be happy to turn it off for all of the Patheos blogs I read, but if it doesn’t make a difference, I’d prefer to not have to see the ads!

    • Libby Anne

      Oh, that is a very good question. I’ll ask!

  • Froborr

    I like the new background! It’s pretty without being distractingly bright.

  • Kevin S.

    I read in a feed reader, but if a full entry is longer than one screen, I click through to the site. That way, at least some of my reads count as page views.

  • Joy

    I always have to clickthrough to read the comments and comment! Ha! The discussion is usually as much fun as the posts.

  • Noelle

    If I use safari from my iPhone to read does it count?

    Getting to a real computer is tricky for me.

    • Libby Anne

      If there are no ads, then no – and my iPhone shows it in a simplified format, with no ads, etc, so I’m guessing that would be the same. I suppose if you could click for your iPhone to show the actual blog, rather than the blog formatted for mobile, it should count. But don’t worry about it, really! If it means going out of your way, don’t worry about it, seriously. :-) I do appreciate the thought!

      • Noelle

        Oh I get lots of ads. So that must mean you’re getting paid. It’s obnoxious, because the pop-ups can’t be ignored or hidden. They force me off the page and I have to push things around to find what I meant to read. I see there’s an option to put it in mobile mode, but I never use it because mobile mode is more annoying than the ads.