I wasn’t even going to write about this bloggers decision to move elsewhere in the stratosphere, after all it’s good content that matters, well it’s supposed to be!
For example, here´s a very interesting photo of a brick wall out of focus.
Yes, supposed to be…
For several reasons I felt smug about my move today, freedom to blog without having to mess about behind the scenes to keep things propped up. So here´s the story:
You may have noticed this week that the page you’re reading from now looks a bit different than before, the same zany humour comes to you wrapped in a different parcel.
I got bored with Blogspot, and for some time now I’ve considered picking up my blog and plonking it down in WordPress. Previous wanderers reckon it usually takes a blogger several months of thinking about it before actually taking the leap. No exception here,, pondered about it ages ago.
The final straw for me was when Google+ comments suddenly disappeared from all my blogposts. The excellent new concept of “Google+ activity” interacting with ancient BlogSpot was much less than perfect.
Previous to that I recently noticed that less than 30 of the blogger gadgets to choose from were created by Google. The rest are outsourced, created by “Joe Blogger Blogs” and evidently approved by a moron at sub head office tossing caution to the wind. Perhaps a vain effort to impress the boss by saving time, effort, and money?
Sod the fact that estranged gadgets are filled with flaws which appear further down the line, or clash with each other. Responsibility of choice revoked: “Hey, I wasn´t to know THAT would happen.”
Then there’s the other gadgets problem, all of a sudden they disappear and it´s deliberate. Take Google Followers as a fine example. It worked well, bloggers liked it and it was very popular,, then all of a sudden it disappeared from the gadgets list. Bloggers complained but went ignored by the powers that be.
Why? Because the big Google+ takeover had begun. We were all supposed to create an account on there and use the new Google+ followers gadget. I was already on G+ and
obediently, unwittingly, added the bug ridden item. They kept an additional complication quiet at first: Make the changeover, and if your original followers were not on G+ they couldn´t comment anymore.
Even worse, the “Google+ activity” problem (mentioned first) was created by the Google Corporation itself, not a pleb with a degree in playing Tomb Raider.
So while Googling for an answer to the latest gaff, I discovered thousands of people were having the same issue and solutions were elusive. Two hours of wasted research, during which time I decided to be a rebel and take the leap. Years and years worth of my written ramblings and photos being thrown up in the air then landing somewhere else intact? It was nerve wrecking!
Outcome? It took just half an hour to import and set up my blog on WordPress. Done, finished. Social Media friendly it is, just not with Google! By then I didn´t care, I´ll read my Google+ Circles activity direct from the dashboard.
Another bonus is that Gadgets don´t get written off without consent. Even better, there´s no faffing about behind the scenes, it´s all done for you. I particularly like the “related posts” section with photos as links under every blog post. It´s even gone back through EVERY blog post and connected relevant ones automatically. Hey, I didn´t put that there!
Also, Open Live Writer works much better for composing a blog post, it always struggled to download Blogspot templates correctly, which caused problems with formatting. Not so now, because where I type is tailored to the correct page dimensions of the “new look.”
I could rattle on about all sorts of appealing details WordPress has for an ex BlogSpot user, including the added extras considered as norm, most of which BlogSpot just isn´t capable of. In hindsight the technology hasn´t moved on since it´s conception.
So what I will say is, if you´re a blogger who´s thinking of moving on to a space place less complicated by backwards default, with more options and without being dictated to by the fat controller then go for it.
Just one thing to be aware of, opt for the free .com version. Leave the paid for .org version to the big bods in big companies to trip over. The latter requires a different hosting company that costs, and a qualified super computer nerd.
Not necessary for a Joe Blogger or Heather Blogger like me…
So here endeth today´s lesson, Amen.
Coming up tomorrow, some quality content? Well yes, it´s all about knitting patterns, basket weaving, and counting bricks, so stay tuned.