I came over because I wanted to see what all the buzz is about… everything that I read was pointing to WordPress as the best way to go for bloggers, but I couldn’t really find anyone saying why. I was determined to find out why.
So far I can honestly say I like WordPress better. When I finally got into the new format and started personalizing it, I was surprised to see how few ‘toys’ there were for me. Initially I found that disappointing.
Blogger has menus of widgets and gizmos that you just choose and drag in place. WordPress gives you the blog equivalent of a blank canvas and a full palette. To add widgets you have to go find them and download them in. It’s the same difference between buying a computer off the shelf all preloaded with software you don’t want, and having one custom-made with just what you want.
Using WordPress has an efficient, clean feel. There’s no squeezing clutter in the sidebars just because they’re there. I can download what I actually need, and only that. Another thing I like is that finally my domain name doesn’t vanish to display ‘blogger.com’ in the address field. The dashboard is easy to use; the whole system is intuitive and dependable.
Moving all my old work from Blogger to here was the easiest part. I downloaded a widget called Blogger Importer, asked it to import all my old work and it all downloaded directly into the WordPress blog in less than a minute… even the comments imported over. It was the easiest part of the whole experience.
Now I’m ready to start exploring all the powerful parts of WordPress that lay under the surface and start learning to use my keywords, searches and whatnot. Ultimately I think the change over will be worth the trouble and $5 a month for hosting. As I learn how to use this new tool efficiently I’ll be sure to share what I find out with all my blogging buddies… always glad to be your guinea pig :p