Earlier this month I officially made the move from Blogger to WordPress. Most days I don’t regret my decision. I mentioned when I returned from Type-A Conference that it was something I needed to do (and should have done a long time ago) and there were a few questions as to why I needed to make the move. So here goes (and hopefully you’re still getting my feed so you can see this!)
1. On a self-hosted WordPress site, I own my content. With Blogger, I didn’t technically own my words I’ve been putting out there since 2005. I didn’t like the idea that Blogger could potentially turn a switch one day (like Google did with Reader) and my blog would be gone.
2. This has become a (very, very small) source of income. Another reason I need to own my content, but I also hope to one day increase my traffic numbers in hopes to keep any potential sponsors happy or gain a few great sponsors/brand relationships. WordPress offers so many plug-ins that allow me to enhance my website. One plug-in is the share buttons at the bottom of posts. These types of plug-ins make it easier for people like you to share my content (which in turn could potentially help increase my readers! So thanks if you’re sharing!)
3. I really need to “know” more about WordPress websites. I’ve been working with WordPress for years. Several years. I was never truly allowed to design my own sites or stray too far away from the corporate looks. Having a WordPress blog allows me to be able to put my skills to the test (and learn new skills with this platform.) This helps me leverage myself when looking for new jobs since so many businesses need people who are familiar with WordPress.
The downside I’ve seen when it comes to having my own self-hosted blog? Well….I’m currently hosting with GoDaddy. I’ve been using them for years (ever since I purchased my first domain name years and years ago – and I now own about 20 domains.) My blog can be a little sluggish with them. And I have to pay for my hosting. That said, I do have a multi-site web hosting plan, so I’m saving money in the long run.
WordPress templates are so much quirkier. And I’m truly responsible for making sure my information is backed up. (I backed my site up yesterday and it STILL scared me.)
The change certainly wasn’t seamless. I did have help from GoDaddy to transfer everything. It didn’t take too long once I broke down and called them for help, but I still ended up with a lot of broken links. And there are a few technical things that I still haven’t quite worked out (but they don’t completely affect you, dear reader, so I won’t stress you out with those issues.) Some people have mentioned that there was a clear difference in traffic – that their traffic jumped a lot when they moved to WordPress. I have not noticed that much of a difference. Maybe over time I will. (I hope over time I’ll see a difference.) For now, I’m content with my decision of moving.
How about you? Are you on Blogger or WordPress – or some other blogging platform? Any questions for me?
(Note: The GoDaddy link is an affiliate link. Nobody actually asked me to write this post, and I certainly wasn’t asked by them to do it. All opinions are my own.)