Maybe some of you noticed. I doubt anyone cared like I did. I decided to take the plunge and migrate over to WordPress!
You could say I was really nervous to make such a drastic change. I liked Blogger, a lot. I was very comfortable with the platform and new how to use it (for the most part).
I had seen some other bloggers migrating over. I really liked how clean the blogs looked. I also heard rumors of greater flexibility with the platform. I also heard that some blogs were being redirected by Google/ Blogger. After I did more research on this scary truth, I saw that this was actually a real threat. I really wanted to self-host and OWN my blog. Nothing is free, and my “free” account with Blogger seemed a bit daunting and too trustworthy.
Then someone really cool happened. After applying for two years to BlogHer Publishing Network, I got in! I re-applied on a whim, and received an acceptance pretty quick, which I was not expecting at all. After doing my happy dance for hours, I read the terms and freaked out.
No longer was I allowed to do sponsored posts from “competitors” with BlogHer. Uh-oh. I had committed to three sponsored posts that month. I had two weeks to figure out what to do, or I had to choose between some much needed blog income (and break my commitments), or decline my exciting invitation to BlogHer.
That night, I researched the process of migrating my blog over to WordPress for HOURS. As scary as it was, I made the decision to do it.
These were the posts I read that helped me come to my decision (if this helps you at all):
My favorite analogy was from the Amy Lynn Andrews of amylynnandrews.com. She basically said migrating from Blogger to WordPress is like shopping at a local market your whole life. Then a Super Target comes into town. Reluctantly, you go in. You are amazed at ALL the items they sell, howconvenient it is, and even a little overwhelmed. It might take a while to get used to it, but you finally realize how much more convenient and AWESOME it is. (I love farmer’s markets, don’t get me wrong, but I love Target, too).
Some of the main reasons I moved my blog over to WordPress are the following:
I didn’t own my Blogger blog. Google/ Blogger did.
If there was an outage on Blogger’s end, I would have to wait on them to fix it.
Blogger is a more limited platform than WordPress.
I can “hide” ads, so I can work with BlogHer and other social networks without conflict.
There was a bit of cost involved to self-host my blog. I consider it really well worth it in the long run, as I now own my own blog and have a much more expandable and flexible platform.
So, the most important question: Am I glad I did it?
YES! So far I love WordPress. It is kind of like learning a new phone, or switching from an iPhone to an android. There is a learning curve. But it is fun, and pretty user friendly at the start.
A blogging friend of mine, Lisette, did my blog migration. I have been reading her blog for years and highly trust her expertise. I recommend her to do your migration if you are looking to cross over to WordPress. She made it SO easy for me, and was super affordable. I am so happy I trusted her with such a big decision! You can view her packages here.
What do you think?