Help setting up Conky in Manjaro XFCE

I’ve switched over to Manjaro XFCE from Ubuntu MATE. In Ubuntu, I was able to create a custom config file in my home folder. While in Manjaro I’ve been having trouble creating a config file in my home folder. Conky doesn’t seem to load the config file and just falls back to default. What are the steps to install and set up Conky in Manjareo?

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I’ve run conky in Ubuntu, Mint, Solus, Manjaro, Arch, OpenSUSE and probably others. I’ve never done anything differently to have it find my config file. In fact, I have an antique Dell machine running Manjaro/Budgie right now and conky works just fine.

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My Manjaro XFCE conky configuration is located at: ~/.config/conky/conky.conf

if adding conky to autostart it must include a delay so whatever is being detected and displayed is initialised first

so I have this at ~/.config/autostart/conky.desktop :

[Desktop Entry]
Exec=/usr/bin/conky -p 3

‘-p 3’ adds a 3 second delay before starting conky
may need longer delay if not booting from SSD