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I migrated over to wordpress

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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):

Blogger to WordPress Migration Packages 

The Beginner’s Guide for Moving your Blog from Blogger to WordPress

Moving from Blogger to WordPress, Part 1

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?

 

 

 

 

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16 Comments

  • Reply Tiffany Hutto

    It looks awesome! So clean and open. Good for you for taking the plunge and congrats about BlogHer! #goals

    December 6, 2014 at 8:23 pm
    • Reply Tiffany Cutcliff

      Thanks Tiffany! Also, thanks again for answering some questions for me… you were so helpful and were a huge reason I decided to go to WordPress! 🙂

      December 10, 2014 at 5:25 am
  • Reply Natalie Ray

    Ah lovely, your new blog looks great. I have done the same thing recently, really glad I made the move.x

    December 6, 2014 at 8:24 pm
    • Reply Tiffany Cutcliff

      Thank you Natalie! That is awesome you moved also, I always hear such great things about people moving over. It makes me glad I did it.

      December 10, 2014 at 5:25 am
  • Reply Alycia

    looks great. You bring up some really great points! Thanks for sharing!

    December 6, 2014 at 10:24 pm
    • Reply Tiffany Cutcliff

      Thanks Alycia! 🙂

      December 10, 2014 at 5:24 am
  • Reply Mrs K

    I’ve been thinking about moving, but still haven’t found the courage. I created a test blog over there. I really need to look into this again.

    December 7, 2014 at 6:42 pm
    • Reply Tiffany Cutcliff

      Yea! That is exciting you created a test blog there.

      December 10, 2014 at 5:24 am
  • Reply Mar

    I’ve been contemplating the switch as well. I haven’t heard of a single person thats regretted it. I think I just need to bite the bullet and do it.

    December 7, 2014 at 7:38 pm
    • Reply Tiffany Cutcliff

      It was pretty awesome, and if you can have someone migrate it for you it is really easy.

      December 10, 2014 at 5:23 am
  • Reply Karen Peterson

    I’ve been thinking about the switch for a really long time, but I just don’t think I’m ready to take the plunge. I’m glad you had a great experience, though!

    December 8, 2014 at 3:52 pm
    • Reply Tiffany Cutcliff

      I feel you! It took a lot of mulling over for me. Thanks Karen!

      December 10, 2014 at 5:22 am
  • Reply Sheryl @ How to Make a Life

    Congratulations on everything – the BlogHer letter, the move to WordPress. I recently switched myself and I have to say the analogy of suddenly being in a SuperTarget is correct. There’s so much I still need to learn and explore. Again, Yeah!!!

    December 9, 2014 at 3:36 pm
    • Reply Tiffany Cutcliff

      Thanks Sheryl! That is awesome you just switched yourself. How did the move go for you?

      December 10, 2014 at 5:22 am
      • Reply Sheryl @ How to Make a Life

        The move went well for me with the exception of a few photographs and spacing on some posts. I liked Blogger because it was comfortable and know WordPress is only going to enhance everything.

        December 10, 2014 at 5:48 am
  • Reply Rebekah Mann

    I like how your blog looks with WordPress. Congratulations!

    December 10, 2014 at 5:02 pm
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