I started reading it and immediately started taking the actions she recommended. Remember, my purpose is not to make a profit, but I could definitely use some pointers to help my blog become even better.
So, why did I make the switch?
Reason #1: The book told me to do it!
In the book, Ruth states, “If you are not self-hosted, do that immediately. Don’t waste time with a blogspot.com or wordpress.com web address. You will have to change it eventually and it is always better done sooner rather than later.”
Definitely an “uh-oh” moment for me. I had been with blogspot.com since I started in May 2011. When I started my blog, I had NO IDEA WHAT I WAS DOING. Seriously! I started my blog under the name Kristin’s Notebook as an outlet to explore my creative side. The creative side I never knew existed. I didn’t do any research, which is not like me at all. It was free and popped up in a google search. So, I went with it. Plus, I wasn’t going to go out and spend lots of money on something that may be an overnight whim.
Blogspot.com wass wonderful! I felt like it held my hand through learning the basics to blogging. It was easy to use, easy to navigate, but I started to outgrow it.
Reason #2: I started to outgrow Blogspot.com.
After I knew I was serious about this blog, I started playing around with headers and other visual elements. I kept wanting to make it better and better, but blogspot.com would only let me do so much. I wanted awesome menu bars and submenu bars. I wanted project galleries that didn’t take years (it felt like) to produce. I wanted an even better layout and design. All of these things went beyond the basics of blogspot.com.
Reason #3: It was time to either step up to the plate or go home.
In a nutshell, make a commitment. If I was going to make a solid commitment to this blog, I needed to move it forward. Moving it forward meant making the switch to WordPress.org. What was holding me back? WordPress.org cost money. A pretty big chunk of money if you aren’t making a penny from your blog. So, when I read that statement made by Ruth, I walked to my husband’s classroom (I was doing a little after school reading before heading home) and asked him, “Are you with me or not? I am serious about this blog. I want to move it forward, but it is going to take a commitment from you and some money.” Without any hesitation, he said he was with me.
Now, I have been known to be a person that likes to jump in and out of things. I think because I wasn’t really passionate about the things I was trying to do, so I would jump on any new craze that popped up. NOT THIS TIME!
I wrote my final speech paper in college over organizing my closet. I always said in college that if I could make money being a personal organizer, I would.
Reason #4: I wanted to own my content!
Being free was a wonderful part of using blogspot.com. But, when I started doing research over the pros and cons of making the switch, this is what I found out…
You also need to be aware that when you host your blog on Blogger you don’t actually own it. Ultimately it belongs to Google and one wrong step can result in it being removed and with it your entire business.
When I read that statement on Tehmina Zaman’s post called “Blogger vs. WordPress: Which is the Best Platform for your Blog?” a lump immediately developed in my throat. You mean the content I had worked almost three years on could be taken from me in the blink of an eye? I think that was the icing on the cake for me.
I was toying with the idea in the first place, but reading that in black and white sealed the deal for me. A blogger’s worst nightmare would be to have someone else either take credit or eliminate what they had worked so hard on.
So, did I make the right decision?
It has almost been a month now since I made the switch and I love my blog more now than ever. I am gradually getting accustomed to the ins and outs of WordPress and their plugins (which are AMAZING, I might add). So, it is still real new to me, but I am definitely getting more confident in using it.
I am in the process of redoing all of my imported blogger posts, creating project galleries for all of my blogging categorizes, and getting my layout just right.
I definitely think I made the right decision. Now, for all of you that have wondered how to “make the switch,” for the next three weeks I will give you my step-by-step process.