Disgruntled

After many, many years of happy Blogger use, I’m becoming increasingly disgruntled with the platform. I’ve long lusted after the clean, sharp feel of WordPress blogs, but couldn’t bear the faff of moving everything over and learning a whole new system.

But lately, a few things have happened that have begun to change my mind:

  • I’ve taken on the management of a WordPress blog [well, officially a blog hosted on a WordPress site which is apparently slightly different] and I’m being taught how to use it properly by someone who (kind of) knows what they’re doing. Turns out it’s not that difficult and many things are massively more sensible than Blogger’s system.
  • Blogger have rolled out a new user interface that has arrived with many quirks, despite having been in Beta for ages. Lots of things just aren’t working and no one seems to be taking notice of feedback or complaints. Scheduled posts (writing a post to be published later – a very useful feature) hasn’t worked for 3 weeks and hasn’t even made it on to the ‘Known Issues’ page. 
  • I think it might be time to take my online presence a little more seriously and make things look rather more professional. WordPress seems to lend itself to this more readily than Blogger.
I’m not totally decided though. For a start, this could be quite a big, faffing, project and I’ve actually got quite a lot of work and sermon writing (and moving flat) to do between now and mid-July. I could also make quite a massive mess of it if I’m not careful and I’d hate to lose 5+ years of considered blogging and comments. But potentially this could be an excellent summer project, especially if I can persuade my WordPress teacher and professional webby friends to help me…
But I’d welcome your thoughts. Blogger people – should I stay? WordPress people – is it worth it? Has anyone made the switch themselves? Was it a nightmare? Thoughts would be very much appreciated.
In the meantime, Google, could you get your act together please? 
Yours, disgruntled of King’s Cross.

Comments

  1. Liz,

    I think transferring everything is quite easy as WordPress has an import function, which means that losing your archives shouldn’t be an issue. I assume it does comments too, but I haven’t tried it. And setting up a new self-hosted (ie your own web address) blog isn’t too tricky if you have a technical friend. A hosted WordPress.com one takes minutes. The slightly more tricky part is making Google redirect people who search to the new site. But it should be possible.

    I have always preferred WordPress, but I know others who prefer Blogger. I can’t really comment on Blogger as it will have changed greatly since my day. Still others try to persuade me to try something even more newfangled…

  2. I switched a few months ago, though it was to a specific WordPress site, rather than a site using WordPress. I was able to import the whole blog plus comments in one go. So nothing was lost. On the whole, it is far better to use. The one downside is that I lost some web traffic. Blogger sites appear higher up Google rankings so I used to get about half my traffic from search results. Now it mostly comes from recurring sources such as bookmarks, Twitter & Facebook.

    • That’s interesting to hear! Though to be honest, I like the thought of losing the immense amount of traffic I gain from a 4 year old post about Gareth Malone…

  3. Also a little disgruntled at these changes, possibly less disgruntled, I’m not a great scheduled Blogger blogger. Why is the paragraphing looking different? And who uses all those buttons? .. You get what you pay for aye. Is there a method of transfer you were planning to employ? .. Is there a blog for your sermons?

    An old man of Vauxhall. x

    • There is a relatively simple method, as earlier replies indicated. But you couldn’t see those replies because Blogger’s changes have made it impossible for me to moderate comments from my phone! Gone is the ‘publish’ link in the comment notification email – all you can get to is a screen that doesn’t work in a mobile Safari browser. Harrumph. Yet another black mark.
      And no, no blog for sermons, but I suppose I could add that as a page to my new site. Currently there would only be two, so not exactly diverting! Would you prefer text transcripts or audio files?

  4. WordPress is awesome and easy. But I’ve never used Blogger so can’t compare. I have used Movable Type, which totally sucks.

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