2.05.2014

12 Reasons I Am Not Migrating From Blogger To Wordpress


After reading several Blogging Books, blog posts, and being instructed in several blogging classes, along with blogging forums, I finally made the decision to migrate my Blogger blog to Wordpress.

I  purchased a domain name several years ago, I purchased hosting, a premium Wordpress theme along with several other odd and ends to help the process along. I also paid for a class that would walk me through the process.

It is now nearly 1 month later and I have changed my mind!  It was not a tech problem! It was not because of difficulty! It was mostly not the cost.  It was simply the fact that in the two weeks that I had my sight up and going (partially), I was getting Jet Pack notices that my site was down constantly. I deleted most of the plugins except Jet Pack and it stopped going down. I began to add plugins back in 1 at a time (only 2 or 3) and down it went again.

I spent hours reading, studying, pinning, researching and working, I finally came to the conclusion:

  1.  Why am I paying for the privilege of having the responsibility of figuring out why my site was down when, what I really wanted to do was blog?
  2. Why am I worrying about how many people it will take before my site maxes out on bandwidth? There are not limits on how much  I use at Blogger.
  3. I can purchase more Picasa photo storage for a reasonable amount.
  4. Why am I listening to people who I don't really know and who do not know me (even if they do have prosperous blogs their way can not possibly be the ONLY way?
  5. What is so wrong with Blogger? It is a Google product and so far Google and Blogger have not let me down or filled my email box with notices that my site was down (again!)
  6. I have not had any problems with Google telling me What I can or can't publish on my blog. I am definitely not going to publish Adult content which would get one banned.
  7. If there are companies who won't work with me because I have a Blogger Blog then, maybe I don't want to work with them either.
  8. If someone skips over my blog because they believe that I am not committed to my blog or business (just because I use Blogger) then they might just miss something really good because I am working hard to make my blog the best it can be along with spending money on nifty items and classes to learn new skills for my blog
  9. I can change my Blogger blog to look any way I like. I can change my Blogspot address to my .com without hardly even a blip in my traffic. (See! It's already done!)
  10.  I can remove "Powered by Blogger and the nav bar to keep the Wordpress Snobs happy if needed. (not hating just saying)
  11. I wonder if Google ranks Blogger blogs a little better? (I would if it were my product)
  12. Blogger works for me! I like Blogger! I'm NOT changing!!!
I could have come up with many more reasons why I have decided not to change even though I have already spent so much money, time, and emotion to make the migration but I didn't want to cause your eyes to roll in the back of your head while you thought, "enough already!"  I have made my decision and I have made my point (deep breath and exhale). I feel better now! (rant over)

This is the place where I would usually apologize for my rant but honestly, I am not sorry, I think it needed to be said by someone and I guess that someone was me. Maybe other Blogger lovers can come out of the closet too.

It is OK, I give you permission to stay with Blogger if you want to or to migrate if you want to. We don't have to look at it as the "Haves" and/or "Have Nots" do we? It is OK to be a Blogger blog, a Typepad Blog, a Wordpress Blog, or any kind of blog we want to be. (*Hugs* for everybody!) Me? It is Google's Blogger Blog all the way baby!
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21 comments:

Msmoozys Open House said...

I was one that made the switch and I have to say that there is nothing wrong with Blogger!!! I really like my Wordpress and so far not many issues but I can see it can become a problem. I only have a 7.99 a month charge for my webhosting so that is not that bad. I have to admit that I have thought about coming back to Blogger but just love the way I have total creativity in my blog and look. I don't think it matters where you have your blog but what is IN your blog that counts. Thanks for posting and keeping it real! :-) Have a blessed day.

Bel Smith said...

Hi there! Stopping by from Social Scatter. Adding you via Bloglovin and would love if you'd follow back :)
Bel
http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/4668237/journeys-are-my-diary

Debra Howard said...

Hi Bel Smith! I would be honored to follow you back! It is done!

Debra Howard said...

Oh thank you! I needed encouragement! It can be scary going against the flow sometimes.Blessings to you!

Cathy said...

I am so glad to hear someone who is staying with Blogger.... I am too.... I have read a lot about both and right now for me Blogger is the way to go. I am happy with Blogger, I can manage what I need to do in it and quite frankly I am just not up to learning something all over again just to be on WordPress.... Thank you, thank you , thank you for saying we are ok.... Cathy

Tammy said...

I have both types of blogs. The only downside I have with Blogger is there is no way to back up completely your blog. Just in case something goes wrong and the fact that Google owns the blog space. Google could come in and shut down your blog anytime they feel like it. But after saying that........I love the blogger blogs I have. There are benefits for both types. What ever works for you.

Debra Howard said...

It is so good to hear from you Cathy! I think there may be more of us than maybe I anticipated. I had determined to set my face like flint and not turn back no matter how big the crowd LoL.

Debra Howard said...

There is great news for you Tammy! You can back up your entire blog. I give complete instructions on how to do that in my post titled "How To Merge Multiple Blogs Into One".Backing up your blog is one of the very first steps. You have to back up the template in one file and the blog content in another. Read more...http://bit.ly/1euz2tV

Brandy Alford said...

How do you change your blogger to a .com address?

Debra Howard said...

First you buy your .com (mine was with godaddy.) Then I used the instructions I found here: http://bit.ly/1evJLUN . I also referred to the instructions found in the help info at blogger, and here: http://bit.ly/1evJzVw . Between the 3 I figured it out and it worked. My switch only took about an hour and so I only lost traffic for an hour. The old blogspot address sends everything automatically to my new dot com also it takes you to my blog whether you type www at the front of the URL or not if you follow all the instructions. Maybe I need to write a tutorial because there was one little part I struggled with.

Deborah Bolton said...

Me too! Why mess with something that isn't broken? Blogger makes blogging simple: I like that.

Kim Smith said...

This blog is so full of all kinds of information. And I like your writing style. You are very good at it. It is like sitting down and having a conversation. I have just started mine, and I am trying to work out the kinks of getting it to look right, but also just pleasing myself too. I will explore more here for any help I can get. Thanks. (Read the one about colors, gotta go get one of my favorite garden pictures...)

Debra Howard said...

Thank you so much Kim! I do try to write much like I talk but without the Texas twang so much. lol. I do hope my blog is helpful. Congrats on your own blog! It is a very fun activity and there is always room for more bloggers. We all have a voice and a place. Keep on going and let me know if I can help you in any way.
Debbie

Debra Howard said...

I agree, it isn't broken and it is definitely working for me!

Di Nolan said...

I was one of those people who got sucked in by the hype and helped along with a lucky free migration and 12months hosting package, I jumped shipped to Wordpress. I liked it for a while but found the technical stuff challenging. Then one day I accidently blew my blog up by updating a widget. My hosting company couldn't easily fix it but if I'd been willing to fork over a couple of hundred bucks they'd spend some time looking at it but couldn't guarantee it. The whole experience knocked the wind out of my sails. I still had the content I'd created on Blogger - god bless you Google. I was able to find cached versions of my favourite Wordpress recipes but suddenly it wasn't fun anymore. I tried to get back on the horse with a couple of Blogger blogs but none of it quite felt right. But now that my original preferred domain name is finally available, I'm intending to merge the best bits of each of the blogs and will start over again. Trying to find out how to do it is how I found you. So thank you Debra. Once I'm up and running I'll stop by again!
Di

Anonymous said...

Hi there! I guess, there’s no reason to hesitate in making the move from Blogger to WordPress.A year ago I started blogging with Blogger and didn’t expect it to engross me. Presently I try to blog more seriously with WordPress and I will never imagine myself going back to Blogger. I wish I would have done it sooner but I was afraid. By the way, I managed to convert without any scripts using this plugin http://wordpress.org/plugins/cms2cms-blogger-to-wp-converter/. Hopefully, it will help someone...

PolishedWay S said...

I never had the intention of moving but for some strange I was staring to think about it. I had asked one of my favorite and well respected bloggers in my niche why she never moved and she said she never had a problem. Still I started to ponder why I still wanted to move to wordpress and my only reason was because I wanted an additional menu to my existing blog to make it easier for my followers. After reading how you did it I may try it out on a test blog. I'm still able to monitize on blogger and I've never heard of a company saying you're on blogger, sorry we don't want to do business with you. I also think if google owns blogger you have a better chance with SEO.

Not sure if I'll ever move but for now my gut is telling me to stay put. I really appreciate this post as it's helped me make my decision for right now. Thank you so much

Debra Howard said...

Di, Blogging should be fun for certain and I don't feel we should all have to worry if this widget or that plug in will mess things up. I love messing with the HTML a bit but Blogger gives me all that and more so I just don't see a reason for me to move and best of all it is free. Let me know if there is anything I can do to help you with merging your blogs.

Debra Howard said...

I understand that feeling of wanting to move but I decided that for me it was more a jumping on the band wagon and that is why I tried it at first. I discovered that we have more control over the design of our blog than others seem to think because we can change the html as we please and I have learned to do it on a test blog first then if it works apply it to my actual blog. I agree that it probably helps to have a blogger blog on our google seo.

Debra Howard said...

Thank you for the info...it is always good to have more. I know those who switch swear they love wordpress and I don't doubt it. I am not against Wordpress at all and love that we all have choices so that we can all find exactly what is right for each of us. I still keep a pinterest board on wordpress because someday, I may decide that moving is a good thing for me.

Linda Bouffard said...

Awesome, girl!!! Me, too. Thanks for stating all the reasons!!! Best to you! Linda @crafts a la mode