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Switching from Blogger to WordPress: Should You?

Switching from blogger to WordPress

 There are a lot of comparisons of blog platforms out there. I read a few when I started out and I chose Blogger, as many newbies do, for the simple reason it’s easier.

Later, we often get encouraged to move to WordPress, either WordPress.com or the self-hosted WordPress software. 

But I am sticking with Blogger, at least for the time being, and here’s why:
  • Blogger is still easier. Self-hosting would require me to learn more technical shtuff (technical term). I’ve already learned more shtuff than I care to, at great personal pain to my brain. I like the fact using my blog is easy and straight-forward and requires very little shtuff. My website is largely managed by my Dad,and requires loads of shtuff, and I certainly don’t want to pester him every time I need a blog uploaded. Unless you can show me the harder option reaps me more benefits, hard is, well, a hard sell;
  • I haven’t seen a lot of WordPress layouts I like. Yes, OK, this comes down to the customisation of each user, but I do like my Blogger layout. So why would I put in a lot of extra work for no gain? I hear a lot that Blogger looks less professional, but since the introduction of the new interface, Blogger is so customisable I don’t think this is true. With very little shtuff (and maybe a bit more in the way of creative juice), you can build a blog that looks fantastic. Sure, if you’re a professional blogger, this may be a different kettle of fish, but I’m not.
  • If you’re concerned about having blogspot.com or WordPress.com on your blog, you can redirect your Blogger blog to your own domain name. The ease of using Blogger with the appearance of a self-hosted blog! I am halfway through this process. I did ask my webmaster (aka Dad) to set up the subdomains  but I forget what they were and must now ask Dad… Hey, I have a lot on my plate, OK? Don’t judge.
  • Yes Blogger has known comment problems but you can fix this using Disqus (see here Discuss With A Q). I believe everyone should use Disqus anyway, regardless of what blog service they use, and I know plenty of people with self-hosted WordPress blogs who do.
  • Blogger now allows me to seamlessly integrate my blog with my website, so there is a menu across the top that links to all the pages of my site, and my site links to both blogs. Unless you look at the URL, you may not even know the blog isn’t on the website. And I bet a bunch of you didn’t notice… Sure, my blog layout is not identical to my website, but I’ve chosen complementing themes and colours to create the same mood if not precisely the same look and feel.
So those are my reasons. A few have attempted to convert me to WordPress, but so far their arguments haven’t made a lot of progress! They’ll need to keep at it before they convert me. 

What do you think? Do you use Blogger or WordPress? Why, and what do you like or dislike about the platform you use?

2014 Note: As you can see, I have since switched to WordPress. This was actually driven by my website, which needed greater functionality. Since the website was then on WordPress, it made simple sense to integrate the blog.

I’m entered in the Best Australian Blogs 2012 Competition for both Flight of the Dragon and Somebody Has To Say It. If you like this blog, or Flight of the Dragon, I’d be eternally grateful if you’d be so good as to stop by and vote for me here.

This is part of the A to Z Blogging Challenge Series. If you missed the previous posts, you can find them here – A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P , Q, and R.
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Racing Through Snow and Hellfire (Fiction – Part 3)

Snow and Hellfire
A Magical Melody is no longer available on this blog. It is available for free by subscribing to the newsletter, included when you purchase Confronting the Demon, or is available in the anthology Spells: Ten Tales of Magic. . 

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This is part of the A to Z Blogging Challenge Series. If you missed the previous posts, you can find them here – A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P and Q.

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Discuss With A Q – Reasons to Use This Comment Widget

Disqus

If you use Blogger, you’ve probably had people tell you from time to time they couldn’t comment on your blog. If you don’t use Blogger, you’ve probably at least once tried to comment on a Blogger blog and couldn’t. 

If you already use Disqus, you’re across this issue. If you don’t, you’re either scratching your head about why people can’t leave comments (because it’s random, and you’ll probably have comments on the post someone told you they couldn’t comment on) or you just plain don’t know how to fix the issue. 
 
For those who don’t know, it is a well-known issue with Blogger that sometimes comments won’t post. You endlessly get asked to enter CAPTCHA phrases or clicking the publish button produces no response. It has been raised as a technical issue but to the best of my knowledge no attempt has been made to fix it.

Of course, in the blogsphere comments are currency more valuable than gold so the possibility some comments aren’t being made is horrific! 

There are workarounds. You can use full-page comments instead of embedded comments and it seems to work, but I found this option quite ugly and cumbersome. 

Or you can use Disqus.

I’ve never had a commenting problem on Blogger since I started using Disqus. It imports all your old comments, too, so you don’t lose any comments made on your blog in the pre-Disqus days. Occasionally a comment won’t come across but this can usually be fixed with a quick import. 

So what do I love about Disqus?
  • Number one, naturally, avoiding the all-too-common lost comment problem of Blogger;
  • Comment threads allow you to easily reply to comments and even hold on-blog conversations, allowing other readers to read and participate. This encourages even more comments on your blog;
  • It eliminates CAPTCHA phrases. I hate CAPTCHA. No, wait, that doesn’t properly convey the level of my loathing for CAPTCHA. Seeing CAPTCHA is almost enough for me to throw up my hands in surrender. I can’t read the damn things! I’m sure these filter out as many real people as they do spam comments. Disqus effectively filters all spam comments without CAPTCHA!
  • If you comment on other blogs that use Disqus you can easily see when the blog owner has replied to you without needing to return to that blog. I love this feature as I don’t always remember whose blog I commented on when or have time to go back.
  • You don’t need to have a Disqus account to comment (so everyone can comment) but for those who want a Disqus account, it makes commenting even easier and auto-links to your blog or website.
I’ve heard there are negative things about this comment system but I had to Google it to find out what they were. One of them, apparently, is if you try to uninstall Disqus all your threaded comment conversations go haywire. Say what? *scratches head* Why would you wantto uninstall it? This is such a brilliant commenting plug-in (widget? Gadget? I can’t tell them apart) that I can’t ever fathom wanting to remove it. 

This is a love affair for life. 

I’m entered in the Best Australian Blogs 2012 Competition for both Flight of the Dragon and Somebody Has To Say It. If you like this blog, or Flight of the Dragon, I’d be eternally grateful if you’d be so good as to stop by and vote for me here.

This is part of the A to Z Blogging Challenge Series. If you missed the previous posts, you can find them here – A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O and P.

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Playing It Wrong (Fiction – Part 2)

Playing It Wrong
A Magical Melody is no longer available on this blog. It is available for free by subscribing to the newsletter, included when you purchase Confronting the Demon, or is available in the anthology Spells: Ten Tales of Magic. . 

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This is part of the A to Z Blogging Challenge Series. If you missed the previous posts, you can find them here – A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, and O.

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Names: Did You Change Yours?

Names

This post is, of course, mostly directed at the ladies, but if you’re a man who changed his name feel free to put up your hand! 

I told my first husband the most I would do was hyphenate my last name, and I felt that was a generous compromise. He thought hyphenation was stupid and told me to keep my maiden name. This was convenient, and saved me a lot of hassle, when 6 months later he took off!

I told my second husband the same thing, and he accepted that, although he was a little taken aback. Like most men, he just assumedI would change my name, and that’s not his fault, it’s society’s fault. Men are conditioned to expect their wives will change their names. 

But why should we?

If you suggest to a man that he should change his name when he gets married, most of them would be horrified. So why exactly is it they think that we, as women, should be less attached to our names? When I first married, I’d had 24 years using my maiden name. It was a part of my identity, and when I changed it for my second marriage, I felt I’d lost a little part of that identity. Who was this woman with the strange name? It took me twelve months before I answered my office phone with my married name.

The reality is that the tradition of changing names goes back to times when women were chattels. Changing her name was really a way of labelling her as the property of her husband. If you go back far enough, in some societies, a man was responsible for the actions of his wife the same way a dog owner is now responsible if their dog attacks someone. 

The whole concept is antithetical to who I am. I do not belong to anyone. I am not owned by anyone. I am most certainly not the property of anyone. I was born with my maiden name, I’m proud of my heritage, and yes it’s a defining part of my identity. No matter how much I care for someone, I shouldn’t be required to give up those parts of me or my life. I particularly hate being addressed as Mrs [insert husband’s first name][insert husband’s surname]. I am NOT a man and my name is NOT Matthew!

I have a friend who liked taking her husband’s name, but she freely admits to being old-fashioned. So I guess maybe this makes me a feminist (although I dislike labels as well). 

In a perfect world, I believe a couple would bothhyphenate their names on marriage, with their birth name appearing first (to avoid arguments about who gets to go first) – kind of like a wedding ring, it would indicate the marital status of each partner. The mother could pass her birth name on to her daughters, and the father could pass his birth name on to his sons. 

Of course, this is completely contrary to hundreds of years of cultural conditioning and isn’t likely to happen in the near future (if ever). The same friend mentioned above also noted there are often negative connotations made about children who have different surnames to their mother (now see my post Judgements: Do You Make Unfair Ones?) because assumptions are made about that woman’s sexual habits. Of course, it wouldn’t just be she is a professional career woman who chooses to keep her maiden name….

It may not be a probable system but it would certainly be a fairsystem. 


What do you think? Did you change your name? Did you want to, or did you want to keep your maiden name and instead bowed to societal pressure and husbandly expectations? Did you hyphenate, and if so, why? Did you keep your maiden name? What did your husband think if you did? Are you a man who took his wife’s surname?

This is part of the A to Z Blogging Challenge Series. If you missed the previous posts, you can find them here – A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L and M.

I’m entered in the Best Australian Blogs 2012 Competition for both Flight of the Dragon and Somebody Has To Say It. Don’t forget to stop by and vote for me here.

If you enjoyed this post, please feel free to check out my previous posts if you haven’t already. If you’re finding yourself here often, you might like to join as a member, sign up to the blog through RSS or email, or subscribe to my newsletter.

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