Goodbye Blogger, Hello WordPress!

Goodbye Blogger, Hello WordPress!

Goodness, friends – it’s been quite some time since I’ve had a chance to blog. It’s funny how sometimes, even the things we love get put on hold. These last few weeks of school have been absolutely crazy. I am quickly finding out that my free time is practically nonexistent. Although I haven’t been around in terms of posting, you have probably noticed that this little ol’ blog of mine looks a bit different – and you couldn’t be more correct!

I’ve been agonizing (and I use that term loosely) over the decision to self host my blog and move to WordPress for the better part of a year. I researched and researched…and researched some more. For an extremely brief second, I even contemplated doing the switch myself. I know, I know…insanity at it’s best. I read hundreds of blog posts on making the switch – so many, that I confused myself. Finally, about two weeks ago, I reached out to one of my sweetest blog friends, Tausha. She recently made the switch to WordPress, and I knew that she’d be able to offer some valuable insight. Without hesitation she told me about a fabulous blogger named Megan.

Later that day, I decided to reach out to Megan and see what this whole process entailed. Megan got back to me just a few hours later. After hearing all that she had to offer, and smiling as I read her e-mail (because I just KNEW that she was going to be a tremendous help) I decided to take the leap and make the switch. And guess what?

I’m kicking myself for not doing it sooner! As someone who has been loyal to the Blogger platform for many years, I was very skeptical about switching to WordPress and anticipated a steep learning curve. I’ve officially been on WordPress for two days now, and I have already learned so much. I actually prefer WordPress to Blogger – and those are words I truly never thought I would speak.

Making the switch to WordPress has been nothing but a positive experience. If you are on the fence about switching, I urge you to take the plunge! I also recommend talking to Megan, because she is amazing at what she does and extremely patient. She answered every single question I asked very thoroughly – and I asked (and continue to ask) A LOT of questions!

I guess it’s safe to say that I’m ready to jump back into the blogging world. Be prepared…summer vacation is only 6 days away. I have tons of blog post ideas that I’m so excited about! I hope you’ll stick around, say hello, and visit often. Cheers to a new blogging chapter!

55 thoughts on “Goodbye Blogger, Hello WordPress!

  1. I recently switched to WP as well! I really loved blogger, but as I’m figuring out the plug-ins, I’m loving WP so much more! I just hope it brings my UMVs up! Good luck to us!!

    1. Christy, thank you so much for stopping by! I totally agree – I was intimidated by the plug-ins at first, but now I’m absolutely loving it! 🙂 Good luck to you as well!

  2. I love WordPress, I discovered it in 2001, I think it was, and was skeptical like you but jumped in with both feet and switched as soon as I read up on it. I’ve been loyal to WordPress ever since. I’m glad you like it as well and it was an easy transition.

    1. Thanks for stopping by today, Terri 🙂 I completely agree. I was very intimidated by it at first, but I’m slowly learning more and more. It’s really been a smooth transition and I’m glad I took the plunge!

  3. I switched to WP 4.5 years ago from Blogger and I never looked back. It made a huge difference.

    1. Robin, you are definitely right. I can already see a huge difference, just in a week’s time. I love it so much more and definitely am not planning on looking back! Thanks for stopping by today! 🙂

  4. I am actually about to switch to WordPress as well. This platform I am on is killing me with the lack of user friendliness. Good to see it was an easy transition that you don’t regret.

  5. Congratulations on making the switch over! I had a pickle of a time when I moved from blogger to WP (I lost all my comments and few posts). It’s been about a year now, and I’m still learning something new all the time. I’ll be looking forward to your future posts, don’t forget to share some new and exciting WP news to help keep everyone updated with the cool new features 🙂

    1. Tanya, thank you for stopping by my blog! I can’t imagine losing content – that would be a nightmare! I’m glad everything finally worked itself out. And yes! I’ll be sure to share some of my favorite WordPress things!

  6. The best decision I made for my blog was moving to WP and you will never regret it! There are so many more wonderful things and plugins to explore! It will only enhance your blogging experience!

    1. I totally agree Joanne! It’s been a wonderful change, and I’m so happy that I did. I love the plugins – they really customize your experience! 🙂

  7. I honestly had WordPress and it was so difficult for me as a new blogger. Maybe I will go back after I learn more about it and get comfortable blogging! Thank you for sharing!

    1. Tiara, I’m so sorry to hear your experience wasn’t what you had hoped. It’s honestly been an amazing switch, and I’d be happy to help you out in any way! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  8. Switching to WordPress was the best decision I’ve made. I’ll never use anything else I was silly to think blogger to save money this blog around but I learned fast it was wrong! Lol.

    1. I definitely recommend Megan. She was amazing, and still continues to help me as I need it. Good luck to you in the future if you ever decide to make the switch!

  9. Good for you in making the decision for yourself and jumping to WordPress. I don’t think I’ll ever make the switch because I love Blogger and find it extremely easy to use – I could never get my head around WordPress. I hope you have lots of fun blogging over the summer and I’ll look forward to reading your new posts 🙂

    1. I honestly thought the same thing until I actually tried it out. It took me maybe 20 minutes to figure everything out – it’s very user friendly! 🙂

  10. I have used WordPress since day 1. I knew nothing about blogging when I first started and my website host signed me up for it! It has been a super easy and convenient experience. Glad you like it as well!

  11. Your blog looks fantastic, not sure what the old version looked like but this theme is so clean, easy to navigate, and eye catching. I also just made the move from Blogger to WordPress so I can totally relate to all your anxieties. I’m about a month in now, and while I still have so much to learn (like how on earth I get a mailing system to work and my blogs RSS to send out automatically) Im learning so much new each day. I had no idea that the easiest part of blogging is writing the posts! Best of luck for the future 🙂

    1. Thanks Sue! I appreciate all of your kind words! 🙂 I am still learning too, but it isn’t nearly as difficult as what I had originally thought. I’m very excited for this new blogging chapter!

  12. Congrats on the move…what are some of the improvements that you’ve noticed so far? I’m curious as I’m always wondering if I should make the move.

    1. Thanks so much! I think that the interface is much more clean, and it’s so easy to write posts and customize your blog. I also think it looks more professional. I love all the plugins, too!

  13. I switched to WordPress about a year ago and so glad I did earlier in the game. The only thing I miss is it seems I got more traffic just sticking to the plain way.

  14. My main websites are on WP. I have a few smaller ones and my resume / biz site on Blogger though. I just find it so much easier to deal with for the smaller sites. I wish there was a way for WP to have a ‘one log in for all’ like Blogger.

  15. I used to use WordPress and greymatter years ago and then I got back into blogging and decided I didn’t want to pay for hosting. I tried blogger and it’s just awful. I’m so glad I switched back recently, it is the best choice when it comes to blogging hands down!

  16. I remember making the switch to self-hosted word press. I love how much easier it is to operate and can’t even hardly remember blogger anymore! Congrats on the move to word press I bet you will love all the plug ins.

  17. Woo! It’s so exciting to make the switch (but a little scary too haha). I’ve been using wordpress for about a year, but just recently made the move to self hosted. It hasn’t been too hard, but there are still a few things I’m trying to get used to and smooth out. I love your design! The header is so cute.

  18. I started on wordpress because my husband raved thst it was the easiest platform. I took a few programming and html courses in my college says, so he was right. I have played with blogger a little bit because I started a side blog but it gets neglected a ton.

    I personally prefer self hosted because you have more control. Just make sure that you pay attention to site speed aka loading times. Depending, on your site size and traffic, you might have to upgrade your hosting package. You will know when you have issues.

  19. Thanks for your post! I too, have been and still am contemplating on switching to WordPress. I started the process and recently just stopped because I wasn’t feeling 100% confident in my decision. My blog recently started to gain more viewers so my plan is either to switch it up in a year. Thanks for the name drops, I definitely have some WordPress questions I will have to ask megan

  20. I’ve thought about changing over to WordPress, but I really like my Squarespace! I have always been kinda nervous to make the switch…I don’t know if I’m going to like it as much

  21. ahhhh I really need to make this change! I use weebly, and it was amazing to get me started, but now that my blog is taking off, weebly just doesn’t have all the perks as word press!

    1. I totally understand! I can honestly say that the switch was well worth it, and I’m so glad that I did it! 🙂 Best of luck in the future!

  22. You are so going to love WordPress. Your layout is so cute! Blogger really held me back when it came to my design. WordPress opened up SO MANY DOORS! I love the look and the style.

    1. I completely agree, Krystal 🙂 I love the look and feel of WordPress so much more than blogger! It’s more customizable, more streamlined, and more professional – in my opinion, anyway! 🙂

  23. Congratulations to the world of wordpress. It is so arduous commenting on blogger blogs who force you to use your social media profiles you may not want to exploit to the world (google, g+). wordpress gives you so many other options for people to engage with you. Yayy! So excited for you.

    1. Thank you so much! YES! Blogger commenting has always been a huge pet peeve of mine. I absolutely love everything I’ve seen on WordPress so far.

  24. I love using WordPress. I think they have a better blogging platform and it just looks way better lol. So happy you finally made the switch.

  25. I use Blogger and I’ve always really liked it. But that may be because I’m so used to it. This blog post has sparked my interest in switching, though.

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