After nearly 5 years with Blogger, I finally made the switch to WordPress. While this move might look sudden, it was actually some time in the making. About 2 years ago I began looking into using WordPress but I found it rather complicated to use. Blogger is much simpler and easier to use, and is a good choice for beginning bloggers.
Over the course of these 5 years, I opened not 2 but 4 blogs on Blogger. One never went anywhere as my idea for it was super limited, and the other I kept private. Well, it was read by the public but I was anonymous on it as there were things I wanted to write about without anyone knowing who I was. It served its purpose and after a few months I no longer felt the need for it.
Next I began to feel the strain of keeping new content on 3 blogs. While I enjoyed having one that focused on motherhood, I often was stuck knowing what to write about next, and then time would drag on with no new posts going up and I’d feel bad about it. Then I’d try to focus on it and my personal blog would get ignored.
I think it was some time last week when I began to think seriously about having a website instead of 3 blogs. I wanted to put all my content in one place and organize it so that it could be found easily, but it was something I’d need help with. I also wanted to start with something free instead of buying a site, so after some reasearch I decided to use WordPress.
I like that I still have the option of owning the address in the future, and I may just buy it at some not-to-distant point. You do get more options and are freer to customise a personal site, but for now, the free version is right for me.
Now I have the huge job of going through all my old posts (over 500 of them from 3 blogs). I have to deleate unnecessary ones, redo links, edit parts that don’t apply, and so on. As you can see, I have separate pages for the topics I want to make most available. These will have a snipit of the post and a link to it. I wanted to have a separate blogroll for each but that isn’t allowed. So everything I write will go on the blog, then anything that pertains to one of those topics will be linked there as well to make it easy to find.
It’s going to take time to get it all in order. I’ve already spent the past 2 days working on it in every spare moment, but once the job is done I’ll be happy.