I’m finally all moved over to WordPress and the feathers are starting to unruffle.  The first few days have been a rush to transfer feeds, change links and get used to the new format.

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

By Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is a third-generation Ryukyuan-American, award-winning poet, author, and publisher with 20+ years in newspapers. Publisher of Space & Time magazine (est. 1966), two-time Bram Stoker Awards® Winner, and HWA Mentor of the Year, she shares Authortunities, a free weekly calendar of author opportunities at authortunities.substack.com.

5 thoughts on “WordPress Vs. Blogger”
  1. I have been waiting for this…. So Its actually much more than a fuss, your post gives me more than enough reasons to get shifted, Thanks for sharing Dear, I might get there to give you company pretty soon 🙂

    Cheers 🙂

  2. Hahaha…I’m still trying to figure out how to let people use their own avatars on their comments…what I don’t know about WordPress could fill a blog by itself. One day at a time I guess :p Thx for the comment Deepika, I’m getting ready to start doing all the serach set ups and all, apparently the real power of WordPress, so I’ll be sure to keep you updated!

    1. Simply want to say your article is as amazing. The clarity in your post is just nice and i could assume you’re an expert on this subject. Well with your permission let me to grab your feed to keep up to date with forthcoming post. Thanks a million and please carry on the gratifying work.

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