Could a Mandarin reader go onto a Cantonese forum or news website and understand what is being said?

I’m aware Chinese dialects which have written standard use the same character system, generally speaking, but how different is written Cantonese from Mandarin? How much difficulty would a reader of Mandarin have in comprehending a forum post or a newspaper from a Cantonese website, for example?

I ask, mainly as I’m considering learning Cantonese after Mandarin, and I am quite content learning Cantonese with a romanization (I know traditional Chinese characters) and simply reading anything I find in Chinese in Mandarin pronunciation. Mainly since I hear Cantonese is spoken and not really written, though I understand it has some specific characters not found in Mandarin, for example.

Thanks for any clarification!

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