No pretty pictures here. Just a post about blogging. So, visit me tomorrow if this isn’t your thing. 🙂
As most of you should know, I’ve recently switched from a free account at Blogger to a paid account at WordPress (that’s the new look of the site!). There are a few reasons I did this.
- I like the ability to be able to comment directly on your comments instead of the comment showing up at the end of the string.
- I like having “blogspot” out of my URL, however, it seems I could have done this over at Blogger too. I just didn’t see (or search hard enough for) the option.
- I was enticed by all the comments I’ve heard about more options in the way of templates and what you can have on a page, and how WP is just more dynamic.
Lately, I’ve been wondering if the switch was worth it.
I blog because I enjoy it. I like sharing with you and making you laugh (or maybe you’re crying, but that’s an emotion…so I’ll take it!) Plus, you guys are the only ones that will listen to me ramble on about running. (You hear that hubs, THEY listen!) Recently my frustrations with WordPress are making my blogging less enjoyable. So, I just wanted to air my frustrations in case anyone else was thinking of making the switch.
Note: These observations are just that, observations. They are not based on any research I’ve done on pros and cons. Although, I did see some good ones out there tonight.
- Without any blogging experience, I was able to intuitively set up my account and make my first post without a problem.
- Blogger constantly auto saves a draft.
- Inserting images is insanely easy.
- I liked having a followers list. Call me crazy, but when I see my followers comment on someone else’s blog, I think it’s awesome because I almost feel like I know them because I talk to them every day. I guess my followers list gives me more of a sense of community.
- I liked the dashboard. It was easier for me to read your blogs through it.
- I wasn’t a fan of most of the templates.
- Blogger needs more options, like to be able to subscribe to posts through email.
- I’ve had my Blogger “new post” page go down, while everything else still worked.
- I like my theme better and the options with page layout.
- My site hits are way up. I can’t see that this has anything to do with switching, but it’s just an observation.
- I can see how many hits have come from a particular site (and not just that traffic came from that site).
- Tech support seems pretty fast.
- I have blogging friends that use WordPress, love it, and have no problems.
- With experience at Blogger under my belt, I had so many set up problems that I had to have a friend log in and set up part of my site.
- Inserting images is always a problem. Several times, I’ve lost entire posts by inserting a graphic – and the posts were saved drafts.
- WP inserts every image at the top of the post, and I have to move it to the correct spot.
- WP inserts junk code into my posts which creates tons of formatting issues.
- My images aren’t as large. This may or may not be a theme issue.
- I had to contact WP support because images wouldn’t upload. (To WP’s credit, they fixed it within a few hours with just an email from me.)
I did have a few friends tell me that WordPress wasn’t as intuitive as Blogger, but I didn’t think I’d have this many issues. It’s frustrating.
Have any of you had experience with both Blogger and WordPress? What do you think about one or both of them? Are you having the same problems I am?
Switching back now seems like a bad decision. You can only expect your readers to flip flop so many times, but I can’t say that I’m not tempted.