It’s been about a month since I decided to switch from blogger to wordpress. I’m honestly surprised how much BETTER wordpress.org is! It looks better, it’s easier to use, and the best part of it is, my stats are up by at least 197% … Crazy, right? The numbers are going up every. single. day.
My blog is still a less than a year old, it’s still a baby. So, any increase in views is great. So my numbers are still small but the increase is huge! The best part about making the switch from blogger to wordpress is that it was seriously so easy. It was an easy download, upload/install and bam, it was all there. Of course, the longest part of the switch was also breaking up with 1&1 and waiting for the DNS to update. I’m still tidying everything up and going through old posts, and editing the categories and tags and setting featured images – it’s a slow process but it’s worth it. I’ve seen an increase in my older posts as well as the new ones I’m posting. I am still kind of shocked that the numbers have gone up so much in the last month and here are my thoughts on why it’s up so much.
It looks more professional and is more streamlined. Blogger is great and I feel like a lot of bloggers can make the templates work for them but I know that since switching I get more compliments on my layout and theme than I ever did before. It looks and feels more like a “legit” blog and less like a personal blog. With both wordpress and blogger, I spent countless hours working on things, switching things around and making little tweaks. I have found that overall, the wordpress route is just better.
I think that the biggest issue my blogger blog was having is that it wasn’t very user friendly. The share buttons were weird, the comments were constantly wonky because of the app i was using. It was just hard to use. It wasn’t easy to share, it wasn’t easy to comment, and if we’re being honest, it wasn’t easy to look at. Now, it’s super easy to share and comment and it’s pretty! On blogger I was using Intense Debate, which I love on other people’s blogs, it just gave me so many issues. People wouldn’t use it and it’d erase any comments that had be published before then… It was just a really big pain in my ass. I’m using disqus on my blog now. It’s easily a million times easier to use and I have had ZERO issues with it. The amount of reader engagement is definitely up. I can tell by the number of comments and the amount of shares I am getting.
Not that I wasn’t proud of my blog before the switch but, I’m super proud of it now. I am more likely to engage with randoms about my blog and I leave more comments and I network a lot more now because I am proud of my blog. Not only is it pretty but, I want to put more time and effort into my blog. It definitely shows in the numbers. It should also be noted that I was having some issues with my bloglovin feed/RSS feed before this. People weren’t seeing my new posts unless they were coming to my blog. It was strange. Since discovering that, I am more consistent about checking my RSS feed and making sure that things are updating correctly because the decrease in November/December was almost heartbreaking.
Have you made the switch from blogger to wordpress? What are your thoughts on it?