Monday, June 7, 2010

A Change is Coming: Plans to Switch Over to Wordpress Soon

I’ve been avoiding this decision for a very long time because just thinking about it makes me want to run and hide under the covers (and catch a quick nap), but I’ve finally decided to port the contents of this blog into a self-hosted Wordpress blogging platform. I imagine that it’s going to be a very tedious, and messy process.

The first time I dealt with this delima was when I first decided to blog a couple of years ago. I kept going back and forth between Blogger and Wordpress, and I’m not ashamed to say that the technophobe in me was intimidated by Wordpress, so I chose Blogger instead. I didn’t need yet another excuse to put off blogging, and I found the Blogger platform very easy to learn. I’d heard many expert bloggers refer to Wordpress as "the more professional option", but that’s not the reason for my decision.

I spent 10 weeks blogging over at Those 10 weeks really forced me to get to know Wordpress better and I became much more comfortable using it, and you know what? I really do like it. The platform really is user friendly, and honestly, there's a plugin for just about everything. I won't bore you by discussing the SEO benefits. and a couple of other interesting posts have been discussing the problem of Google deleting legitimate blogs as a result of an enthusiastic search to find and eliminate spam blogs. I’m honestly not too fearful that my blog will suddenly be deleted by the Google spam seeking bots. I don't want anyone else using Blogger to be uncessarily fearful of that either. That's not the point of this post. As usual I'm just passing along information that may be of interest.

I’ll continue blogging here, taking my time and aim to have this process completed by Fall. In the meanwhile, here are a couple of other posts on the topic you may find interesting:

The Blogger Status
WARNING: Reports of Legitimate Blogger/Blogspot Accounts Being Deleted Without Cause


Carson Brackney said...

The move won't be as bad as you think. Promise. Let me know if you need a hand, I've helped a few other writers make the move.

Kimberly Ben said...

Thanks, Carson, that's encouraging. Be warned: I may just take you up on that offer. :)

Stacey Abler said...

It shouldn't be too bad to move from one blog to another. I'm moving one of my static sites (built in FrontPage) to a Wordpress platform and I think I will be doing it until the day I die! :)

Good luck!

Kimberly Ben said...

Thanks, Stacy. I've always been technically challenged but my desire to successfully operate an online business seems to be eliminating many of the obstacles I let stand in my way one by one.

Anne Wayman said...

Looking good... I love wordpress; predict you will do.

Kimberly Ben said...

Thanks, Anne. :)

Devon Ellington said...

Blogger gave me nothing but hassle. Wordpress is much, much more reliable, and, if there's a problem, an actual person helps fix it.

Kimberly Ben said...

@ Devon: I didn't know that I would be able to access an actual person. Well, that cinches it.

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