Dress: Trollied Dolly via ASOS
Dress of love. It’s been a lovely few days here in the UK. Well, lovely for us Brits. The days have been warm enough to brave dresses and bare legs outdoors, perfect for sundresses like this one from Trollied Dolly. I’ve got a few Trollied Dolly dresses now and will most likely collect more. I love the style, colours and patterns on these dresses!
Why I moved to WordPress.
Okay, it’s been just over a week since I moved from Blogger to self-hosted WordPress and I’ve had a few questions about it. A lot of people have asked me WHY I made the move from Blogger, which is often seen as a complicated process to go through.
It’s no secret that I enjoy the technical side of blogging. I read many blogs and websites dedicated for tips on how to better your blog, how to get more traffic, how to write blog posts, take photos and make money blogging.
I’ve been blogging for over 18 months now, it’s something I thought I would sack off after a while, but it’s probably the most consistent and most important thing in my life. If that sounds a bit lame to you, well, your face sounds a bit lame to me. So shut up. I’M SINGLE AND LONELY AND HAVE NOTHING ELSE TO FILL MY TIME, OKAY?
I sometimes even spoon Skinnedcartree at night.
Anyway, while reading my favourite ‘blog tips’ sites, something kept cropping up. Something scary and big and a bit exciting. That thing was self-hosted WordPress.
The thing that stood out the most, was the control you have over the design of a WordPress blog. There are THOUSANDS of themes for WordPress which you can easily install to make your blog unique, as well as build your own. While there are tonnes of beautiful blogs on Blogger out there, I wanted something different which I couldn’t get with Blogger and I’m excited to start playing around with layouts when I have more time.
Another massive factor for me, was the plugins. I’ve not even managed to research the plugins properly yet, but have installed a few.
I am loving DiggDigg, which gives me the social media share floaty thinga-majiggy you see on your left (very professional wording, Corinne). I’m also enjoying the plugin I have for SEO, which analyses my blog posts and tells me what I need to do to improve the SEO on that post for a particular keyword.
I also prefer the comment section of WordPress blogs. I love it when people who comment leave their link, so I can visit their blog without having to find it through a Google+ page. Yes, I’m lazy – I love how WordPress encourages you to leave your link. It also means you don’t have to log-in to anything to leave a comment. I’ve noticed I’ve been getting comments from people that I’ve not heard of before since moving to WordPress.
It felt like more and more things were telling me I should make the move. The only thing holding me back was the 850 followers I had on Google Friend Connect. But after my Bloglovin followers surpassed that, Google shutting down Google reader and getting hardly any referrals to my blog from Blogger, I decided that GFC wasn’t really a massive thing and I’m pretty sure that most people who followed me on GFC also followed me on Bloglovin.
I was also pushed slightly towards self-hosted WordPress as I kept reading how the more blog posts you have to transfer, the more complicated it is. The sooner the better, I kept reading. It seemed like something I was definitely going to do in the next few months, so one sleepless night at 2am, I read the one last article about WordPress that pushed me over the edge.
Then it was done.
Which do you prefer? WordPress or Blogger? Discuss.