Why I hate infinite scrolling has turned out to be quite a popular post. However, some people appear to both hate it and still have it turned on. So here’s how to turn it off if you’re one of them.
The instructions are for wordpress.com blogs, as of July 2012. They also get rid of the floating footer that follows readers down the page.
1. Go to your blog dashboard and select reading from the settings menu:
2. On the reading settings page, find to infinity and beyond and untick scroll infinitely:
3. Breathe a sigh of relief.
This gets rid of both automatic infinite scrolling and the floating semi-transparent footer that goes with it. Unfortunately you still get a Load more posts button rather than separate pages; there isn’t currently an option to get the discrete pages back. But automatic loading of batches of posts won’t happen and the floating footer will have gone.