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Is It Time to Move From Blogger to WordPress?

By May 17, 2011July 3rd, 2014163 Comments

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Over the last week in blogland, something has gone very wrong.  Our longtime friend, Blogger, has failed us.  Comments have been lost and people have been unable to access their blogs. It has all been quite chaotic.  We’re calling it the Great Blog Debacle of 2011.

Lucky for us, Sharon Hujik, a self-taught computer geek and graphic designer, got in touch with us regarding an eBook she wrote entitled, How to Move from Blogger to WordPress.  Sharon has helped hundreds of bloggers to make this move, and, if you’re ready, she’s here to help you answer the question, WordPress or Blogspot?, and showing you pitfalls to avoid when moving from Blogger to WordPress.

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Switching To WordPress From Blogger

In my opinion, Blogger is a GREAT place to start your blog.  It’s super user-friendly and you can get up and running quickly with no financial costs.

However, WordPress offers some significant advantages for a blog owner, especially as her blog grows.  Eventually there comes a time when you should think about “graduating” to a self-hosted WordPress blog (the one where you need to purchase your domain and hosting).

Below is a list of five reasons why a move from Blogger to WordPress is a smart move:

1) Self-Hosted WordPress is widely perceived as more professional than Blogger.

Since everyone knows that Blogger is “freebie blogging” companies or clients often see a Blogger blog as less serious or committed.  A self-hosted WordPress blog demonstrates a higher level of investment, which is often interpreted as commitment or legitimacy.

2) WordPress allows functionality that Blogger does not.

With Blogger you are using Google’s free hosting.  Since they are offering you a free service, Google puts a lot of constraints around what can and cannot be done on their servers.  On a self-hosted WordPress blog those constraints are lifted.  You could set up a store-front, configure a landing page, create a social network, or run a forum all from your very own WordPress installation.

3) On self-hosted WordPress YOU own your site.

Every week I am contacted by bloggers whose blogs have been marked as SPAM by Google’s robots.  Sometimes they get their blog back in a few hours.  One blogger lost her blog for four weeks (shudder)!  Even more frustrating is that when Blogger flags your blog, there is no person to contact and no easy recourse.  You just fill out a form and wait for a reply.  If you are blogging on a self-hosted WordPress blog this could not happen – you own your content on a server that you control.  If there is a problem, you simply contact your hosting company to address it.

4) You can optimize your blog for the search engines (SEO).

If you are serious about having your blog rank high with search engines, you should strongly consider a WordPress blog.  With WordPress you can actively manage the SEO value of posts, pages and images, and you can install sitemap plugins to help Google read your content.  This can translate to higher search results and more traffic (visitors to your site).

5) The support from the WordPress community is fast and vibrant.

If you have every tried to get a question answered on the Blogger forums you know how painful it is to get help.  Queries will go unanswered for weeks, months, years?  My experience has been the exact opposite with WordPress.  Since many professional web designers use WordPress for their clients, the information available is incredibly rich and useful.  There is honestly no comparison.

Deciding on Blogger or WordPress

In light of this information, it might be helpful to consider a few questions to help you reach a decision about whether to move to from Blogger to WordPress:

  • Is your blog more than a hobby?
  • Does your blog generate income?
  • Do you aspire to have your blog earn money through a membership community, selling a product, or working with affiliates?
  • Are you hoping that your blog will grow larger and impact a broader audience?
  • Have you been feeling nervous that Blogger might shut down your blog?

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If you answered NO to these questions? Then it probably means that Blogger is the right fit for your blog and you should stay with Blogger. It might still be the best solution to meet your blogging needs.

If you answered YES to any of these questions, then moving from Blogger to WordPress {self-hosted} should be a strong consideration.  Fortunately, How to Move from Blogger to WordPress will walk you through the entire process from choosing a hosting company, importing your content, and redirecting your domain name.

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About the Author

blogger to wordpressWe first met Sharon at the Bloggy Boot Camp in Baltimore last year where she was hounded with questions about WordPress and how to make the move! A graduate of Dartmouth College, she worked for 15 years in corporate sales and marketing before discovering the allure of the Internet. She currently lives in Upstate New York with her husband and toddler son (another new addition should be arriving this year via adoption!). You can find her on Twitter @SharonHujik or through her blog, Good, True & Beautiful.

About Francesca

Francesca has an extensive background in content marketing, public relations, and social outreach. She oversees all Operations at Sway Group, including our robust metrics capabilities. Prior to joining the online world, Francesca oversaw viticulture and oenology at various wineries in both California and Italy, and managed regulatory affairs and facility approvals at the biotech company, Genentech. Francesca has been featured on CBS Sacramento and Food Blogger Pro’s podcast. She has also hosted an AMA webinar and spoken at Social Media World.


  • Barbie says:

    With the issues Blogger has had, I am thankful I made the move to Word Press last month. Although my blog is still very much a hobby, I have full intentions of pursuing other things with it. I really love my new home! And thankful I found your site!

  • When did we all add HRH to our names?

  • Great info, and something I will consider in the future. I was not affected by last week…or at least not that I noticed…

    When I had my blog redesigned everyone thought I had switched to WP, and I hadn’t! Which means the look isn’t all that different. I know there are many, but I think people think my blog on blogger is professional enough, since they all thought it was WP.

  • Thanks so much for the cogent discussion…I had been thinking about making the move as part of a pending blog redesign, so Friday made it a very easy decision. But I’m happy to pay my web designer to do the migration for me (one of the services she offers!) so I don’t have to worry about it.

    That said, I’ve had nothing but praise for Blogger til now – easy to use and customize, and for where I was with my blogging until about a year ago, it was perfectly fine.

  • fojoy says:

    I made the switch to WordPress a few months a go, and I have never looked back.
    I love it!

  • Missy says:

    I really want to make the switch because I am going to start selling a product with my blog and I definitely want to appear professional. My only concern is the cost that most people charge for helping someone make the switch. It’s just not in my budget right now!

    • Sharon says:

      Congrats about the new business Missy – that’s exciting!

      The book costs $28 if you use promocode time4wp – it will explain the whole process step by step.

      The other option is finding a designer who will include the cost of the transfer in their blog design.

  • Janice says:

    Does self hosted wordpress means getting wp.ORG instead of .COM? I own a domain frm godaddy but I can forward thrdomain to mywp site. Is that sufficient? Is that consided self-hosting too?

    Currently I have both blogger and wordpress bcause when blogger started getting probs last week, I wanted something more reliable so created an almost identical wordpress site.

    This is allowing me to see the differences in the platforms.

    And I am really liking wordpress more and more.

    BUT forwarding my domain to blogger is free. Is it also free for wordpress? Or do I have to get a wordpress.org account?

    I’m really torn apart about moving or not moving!

    My forwarded blogspot address is http://www.mommyslounge.com
    My wordpress site is http://www.mommyslounge.wordpress.com

    Pls help shed a light on my dilemna!

    • Sharon says:

      Janice – your question is a good one and it’s not unusual (at all) to be confused since there are “two wordpress” options.

      The WOrdPress.COM option is not something I recommend – if you are going to use free blog hosting, then I think Blogger is a better option (since it is more flexible. WP.COM won’t allow themes or plugins or ads).

      If you are looking for control, then moving to a self-hosted WordPress blog is the best. This involves renting server space from a private company and installing the WordPress software on it – that’s referred to as WordPress.org

      You can direct your Blogger domain name to the new WP.org site. The book explains exactly how this works and the steps you would need to take.

      Hope this helps!

  • Lindsay says:

    I can honestly say that moving to WordPress was the bets decision I have ever made for my blog. It is so much easier now to implement changes to my design and overall feel of my blog than it was on Blogger. I don’t have to deal with HTML and that is a MAJOR plus in my book. While I can function in HTML, it’s still a pain in the face and I’d rather not for minor changes.

  • I mostly like WP but there certainly are tech issues with the hosting and the constant upgrades. My favorite thing is that I have added a feature that threads my replies below comments and automatically emails my replies to the commenter. Readers seem to appreciate that.

  • Eve says:

    In July 2010, started out on Blogger as many mom bloggers do. After about a month or so I realized that a self-hosted WordPress blog was the better fit for me. Thankfully I had just started and I only had about 5 posts to move so it was pretty painless. I know it may be difficult for some writers who have several hundred or even thousands of posts to make the leap and switch to WP, but it is SO WORTH IT!!! Buy the book, get the help and never look back!!! (was that dramatic enough to make you move? Dang. I tried.)


  • Your “reasons” are exactly why I moved! It was a bit of a learning curve but I am SO glad I moved. I love WordPress and anytime I’m stuck, I Google the issue and add “WordPress” into the search for instant help. The online help for WordPress is fantastic. Great post!

  • Your “reasons” are exactly why I moved! It was a bit of a learning curve but I am SO glad I moved. I love WordPress and anytime I’m stuck, I Google the issue and add “WordPress” into the search for instant help. The online help for WordPress is fantastic. Great post!

  • Janie says:

    Great tips and info! Will definitely come in handy if and when I outgrow blogger 🙂

  • Nicole says:

    I love blogger, it’s perfect for me. Every site has their moments, it was a nice little unplanned blog break 🙂

  • I started out at Blogger, where I learned a lot of blogging basics. Blogger was a great springboard for a more professional, serious blog, so when I moved to WordPress, I felt completely “ready” to do it. It was a challenge, and I wish I would have known about this book back when I was going through the transition process! 🙂 I encourage the move to wordpress if blogging is a serious part of your life – it is mine, for sure. As in, I wake up thinking about it and go to bed thinking about it 🙂

  • Pepper says:

    Great Post Sharon!

    I think one thing a lot of people are missing about the blogger incident is that it’s not that it happened. This could happen to any server. The fact about it is how it was handled and how you don’t have customer service with Blogger. People didn’t know what was going on. They had no pull with Blogger, because the fact is they don’t pay them. Luckily this time Blogger tried fixing things as much as they could, but the fact is next time they may not. If you don’t own the hosting company you have no control, no customer service, and no pull. You are at their mercies.

    • Sharon says:

      I agree Pepper! I think one of the biggest frustrations I had when blogging on Blogger was my inability to get a response to questions. And I’ve seen how awful it is for bloggers when their blogs get marked as SPAM. It’s like screaming at a big black hole.

      Sure, every server can and will go down. But having the ability to call someone and get it fixed? Priceless.


  • beenomom says:

    I’ll admit, I was really frustrated last week when blogger went down. I didn’t realize just how much I needed my blogger dashboard until I didn’t have access to it. I also learned that a lot more people read my blog than I thought when I kept getting comments on my Facebook page about not being able to access my last blog post! It was a good and bad experience all at the same time. I don’t know nearly enough about wordpress and I am very hesitant to leave what I know for the unknown. For now I think I’m gonna stay right where I am, but it’s good to know that I can read more about it in this book if and when I decide to make the switch. Thanks for all the advice and help!

    • Pepper says:

      I would also look at maybe buying a book on wordpress or find a good blog about wordpress and start learning more if you think you may want to change in the future. If you start gathering the knowledge now you may find that you are less hesitant about the move. You will also be more confident as you will know more about each step as it happens.

  • HeadsUpDad says:

    Good article here. Sharon is right on all counts. There is one other very important reason that you will want to switch out of blogger and that is Page Rank. When your blog is hosted on Blogger, Google owns the page Rank. It is not attributed to you and is not transferrable to you, it always resides with Blogger.

    All that work you do to optimize your site, should become an asset that is yours to keep and grows organically over time. As soon as you shut down your blogger blog, you lose it. The sooner you start hosting and owning your own wordpress blog, that investment belongs to you. It will grow in value over time and that benefit is yours and in your control forever.

    The sooner you start the switch, the sooner you will start the process of earning your own Page Rank.

    What are you waiting for?

    • Sharon says:

      Great Observation… it’s true. Investing in your blog is often a lot of blood, sweat and tears (not to mention TIME!) Having control over it a big plus for WordPress.

      (and thanks for the nice words)

  • Andrea says:

    I often think about WP and think it looks pretty and clean and all, but I kind of enjoy the designs and whatnot and the different feel of personal blogger blogs.

    For the time being I’m happy where I am, and if the day or time comes I’m ready to change I’ll consider it.

    Thanks for the info, tho!

  • Sandy Webb says:

    I find it somewhat funny that many people are forgetting the great wordpress debacle of 2010. What short memories we all have. I use blogger and in the near future I will probably move to my own site, but for now I am happy. Bad things can happen no matter where your content is.

    • Pepper says:

      What WordPress Debacle of 2010? Are you thinking wordpress.com? I’m really curious about this.

      • Sandy Webb says:

        Yes, I was referring to wordpress.com. I don’t remember the details since it didn’t affect me, but I do remember people complaining much like they were about Blogger.

        • Pepper says:

          Okay, that makes since. I actually do not recommend WP.com at all. This is all about Self Hosted WordPress which is a completely different setup.

  • Denice says:

    I have been thinking about switching for some time, maybe this book will give me the push i need!

  • Liza says:

    I gotta say, I was at WordPress and now I’m with Squarespace and I love it! Nothing wrong with WP, just love the super easy customization of Squarespace. 😉

  • Yep…made the leap exactly ONE WEEK prior to the Blogger meltdown.

    Coincidence? Ummmm…yep.

  • alyce says:

    great info. thx.

  • Amarie says:

    Even if Blogger became a paid service, I would stay right there. Just because Blogger went down doesn’t make it a fail. That has happened to many major online services. With Blogger, you CAN have a domain name of your own at a great price, you CAN design your blog to be a stand-alone blog, and I have yet to find something I couldn’t do on Blogger because of any limitations. I understand there may be more “serious” aspects one might choose WordPress over Blogger for, but “paid for” doesn’t necessarily mean better. I have seen Blogger grow tremendously in the three years I’ve been there, and I can see the potential for it to grow so much more in the coming years.

    • I agree with this statement. I have had 4 different blogs for the last few years; but for my two main blogs, 1 is on blogger, 1 (for my dad really) is on wordpress. I HATED wordpress. Found it difficult to navigate and very, very glitchy. Yes, blogger can be glitchy, but I thought wordpress was worse for errors/glitches. In fact, my blogger blog, I MOVED it from WP to blogger b/c I was so aggravated. I left the other one at WP because it’s my dad’s, we don’t post much on it, and it’s fine for his very basic needs. But for my main blog I use everyday; I couldn’t stand it anymore, and moved to blogger. Wish I would have done it sooner!

      and yes, I do remember an extensive outage sometime last year for WP…

      I also don’t buy into the argument that people take a WP blog more “seriously” and that Blogger is for the mommy-type blogs. I’ve seen very professional looking blogs that make plenty of money on ads, etc on blogger. They have a good design, layout, writing, etc. I’ve also seen poor designs, etc on blogger. And of course, I’ve seen both excellent and very poorly designed blogs on WP, too. I don’t think someone is less professional just for using blogger; I only wish I could make some of the money some of these ladies are making on selling ad space on blogger!!

    • Sharon says:

      Good Points Amarie – I agree. I think Blogger is a good fit for a lot of people. Each of the platforms has a really good niche and some folks, Blogger is just what they need!

  • I think I would really like to switch, but am most concerned about the cost. Free is always appealing. 🙂 Blogger is great, but this past weekend did worry my just a little. The security of WP would be comforting.

    • Pepper says:

      You should be able to find a host for pretty inexpensive. Hostgator is a good option or wordpress recommends a few. Most of them if you buy a years worth of service are between $70-$90 for the year.

      If you have a little more in your budget you may consider hiring someone to make the move for you, I would not pay more than $50, but you can also find free services to do this for you via wordpress.

      The last option you can think about is buying a premium theme. You can purchase one via themeforest or woothemes (my favorite) or many other site for about $30-$70. You may still need to customize it but this will give you a theme that is well designed on the front and on the back. Though you can also find many free themes that are well made too. So it all depends on how much you want to invest.

  • Abby says:

    It seems like SITS has been reading my mind the last couple of days. I, too, am with Blogger and considering the switch after last week’s “catastrophe.” My question is this: I have purchased my own domain through blogger (via godaddy), and I’m unsure how to switch to WP while keeping my domain name. If I can do that, then I’m ready to switch today! Thoughts, advice?

    • Sharon says:

      Hi Abby!

      Actually, having your own domain name on Blogger and then moving it to WordPress is pretty typical (and what i would suggest you do if you were still on Blogspot). My book will walk you through the entire process, step by step, on how to transfer it over.

      From a big picture perspective, you will keep the domain name pointed at Bloggers servers while you set up your WordPress blog on the new host. Then, when you are ready to “go live” on WP, you tell GoDaddy to point your domain name to the new host instead of Blogger.

      • Abby says:

        Well that’s all I needed to hear. I’ve been contemplating this move for awhile now, and searching for websites that would help me do so. They were all so FILLED with techno-babble that I could not understand!! So, I just bought your book and I’m going to spend the next couple of days educating myself. Then I’m going to take the plunge!!! Thanks so much. It really is like the ladies at SITS are in my brain–I couldn’t be more grateful for your post today!

  • Vanessa says:

    I’ve thought about moving to wordpress. I actually started there with a free blog then moved over to blogger because of it’s ease of use, now I’m thinking about going back to wordpress. I didn’t know that you could move your blog which sounds great! Thanks for the post, I will have to look into this some more.

    • Sharon says:

      That’s great Vanessa, glad you found the information helpful. If you have had experience with WordPress.COM (the freebie one) you’ll find that WordPress.ORG (the software used on self hosted blogs) is very similar. The upside is that you can a lot more control with a self-hosted WP blog.

      Have fun!

  • hmmmmm you read my mind. I am in the process of deciding to move my blog or not. I am also waiting to hear back from a designer regarding my blog design (or lack there of). Buying my own domain via blogger is really cheap, but I am wondering if I should wait to do this if I am moving to WP anyway. Thanks for the introduction to Sharon. Will certainly follow!

    • Sharon says:

      Let me know how I can help – and I typically recommend that bloggers buy a custom domain name when they are on Blogger, BEFORE they move to WordPress. The book will walk you through the process on how to do that, but it’s pretty simple.

      The advantage of doing it that way is that you can keep your Google Friend Connect feed when you move to WordPress. Otherwise, it’s really complicated to get it over.

      Hope this helps! Good Luck!

      • cindee snith LCCindee says:

        Ok for months I have been reading following this group. I am ready to start something and very excited hum issue name and now costs. If I might ask Blogger is free and wp $$$ what kind of costs? I want to start out with bang hee really looking at wp. Time is huge factor wifey mom Grma care giver to parents. So time is important. I would hate to move it when I just learned how to do it. Where can I find out about cost. Oh yeah no website. Help

    • oh fabulous! Thank you for that hint. I am looking at the book now, but am kind of hoping I don’t have to worry about the move as the designer will do it for me…don’t know yet!

  • jules says:

    I am seriously ready for the move but I know NOTHING about HTML and all that other jazz. Is there anyone out there that I can pay to move it for me?

    • Sharon says:

      Hey Jules!

      Yes, you can definitely hire people to do the work for you. I’m one of them, or I can recommend others. However, the book is written for people just like you… someone who doesn’t know anything about moving but wants to do it.

      And even if you don’t do the move yourself, it might help explain the process so you know how to ask questions of your tech person!

  • Cheryl says:

    I have been on blogger for years now and have never lost anything but I’m terrified it will happen. I really need to consider this.

    • Sharon says:

      Hey Cheryl! Moving to WP is definitely an option… but in the meantime, you should also be backing up your Blogger blog on a routine basis. That will give you a little peace of mind!

  • Years ago I used Blogger. I actually miss that little blog and go visit it once in a while cuz it is still up. I bought a blog theme from someone that only used WP. I had a really hard time making the switch. Turned out that the designer had it set up it a not so user friendly way. A friend of mine went in and made some changes and now it is good. I still sometimes think about Blogger … I see some super cute Blogger blogs. But? Overall I am happy with WP.

    • Pepper says:

      This is one reason I highly recommend people invest in their designers. There are a lot of people out there calling themselves designers, but either charging so little because they are new to the job or are not experienced. You will also find that if you pay a little more your designer is not spreading themselves thin between too many clients.

      I’m glad you had a friend who was able to help you!

  • Colleen says:

    Great info and I understand what she said! GTK for when I am ready. Thanks.
    Best to all,

    • Sharon says:

      that’s probably the nicest thing you could have said! Thanks Colleen. Figuring out how to explain “techie stuff” for non-techies is what I’m all about!


  • Jamie R. says:

    I really love having a self-hosted blog, but man is it a learning curve!! My blog is not nearly as pretty as it was when I was on blogger. I really need a header but haven’t mastered how to make one.

  • Teri says:

    We have been in the process of moving over for more than 2 months now. I became completely stuck because my comments will not transfer over to my WP platform and I did not want to lose them. I have had many people take a look at even (even an experienced, paid one) and noone can figure it out.

    • Sharon says:

      Ugh – I’m sorry to hear about the comment issue Teri. That is frustrating!

      The best person I’ve found to retrieve lost comments is Lisa Boyd at LisaBoyd.com – touch base with her if you haven’t already!

  • Great info! I have a few friends that will benefit from this since they’ve asking how to go from blogger to wordpress.

  • Lamb says:

    Good advice, but I like Blogger! Then again, after last week, there is now a repeated label for my blog that begins with Chinese. Hmmmm…

  • Cheryl says:

    You know, I’m still not all that convinced of the real “benefits” of WordPress. In the past, I was a contributor to a WordPress Cooperative blog and I actively disliked the software/ease of use. Now granted, maybe that is because I’ve been a Blogger blogger so long…it’s second nature.

    But I am certainly interested in further knowledge of WP’s benefits, and Sharon sounds like the ideal convince-r!

    For a blogger with 1000+ posts on a Blogger locale who isn’t all that interested in selling items or in soliciting mass advertising revenues (I DO have a book for sale via Amazon and bookstores mentioned in the sidebar…) I’d love to know what WordPress could do to help me! Thanks so much!

    • Pepper says:

      Cheryl – One of the biggest benefits of WordPress for you will that your new readers will feel like you are more professional. A lot of this deals with the fact that you have invested in your blog, you have invested in your readers so they want to invest in you.

      I would be interested in knowing when you used WP, because in the past it was more complicated, but they have worked hard on the user interface in making it easier to use. Also the problems you may have had was due to the fact it was a cooperative blog, it may not have been setup correctly or it could have been you had a limited account.

      Other benefits of WP for you could include it has more pages, where you could feature your book. Also you may find a theme that is more of a content management system that would make your blog easier to search, find information, etc. You will have more interaction with your readers due to a better commenting system (you can build a community). You own your blog and you have full control of your blog.

      I could keep going but I’m sure you are getting some ideas on how WP might benefit you.

  • Kate says:

    I have just switched to a self hosted WP.org blog and I loved it to start. Now I hate it and there are so many problems with everything from the more page button to the duplicate pictures that just show up for no reason. I had breen having issues with blogger comments and such but now I am posting at both blogs and everytime I post to WP it messes something up. But my new format is on WP so I don’t want to lose that. If anyone can help me please let me know

    Blogger blog is http://www.calamitykitchen.com
    WP blog is http://www.calamitykateskitchen.com

    • Sharon says:

      Hey Kate! I’m sorry that you are having problems with WordPress. That is exactly why I wrote the book… to help people navigate through the “tricky bits”

      If you are interested, I am available for hire to get it straightened out. OR, there is a twitter party that you can check out where one of the “prizes” is a Blog Redesign – I can fix the issues as part of that if you win!


    • Pepper says:

      The duplicate images is due to your theme. You may want to look at your information on your theme dealing with “featured images”. Or you may want to see if there is a forum at studio press that you can ask for help. Most good theme companies have a forum for help.


  • My blog is pretty new so Blogger fits my needs for now. However, I am open to moving to WordPress if I’m still blogging consistently by end of 2011! Thanks for this info, it’d help very much when the time comes.

  • Kelly says:

    Great post! I have a blog on each. I’ve thought about moving my Blogger blog to WordPress, but really haven’t decided. I’ve not had any trouble with Blogger. I’ve learned a lot by working on both blogs and continue to learn more each day. My issue right now if trying to figure out the best way to monetize my blogs.

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  • I have thought about starting new blogs on WordPress, but not moving the ones that I have at the present time. I plan on niche blogging and that means WordPress for me.

    Free Blogger blogs have their place in the blogger world. If you are presenting a business, then yes, WordPress is for you. Mommyblogs are, for some, a business. But for many, it is a way to connect with other moms, and you can do that beautifully for free on Blogger.

    The only reason I am holding back now is I need to work while my kids are in school, not learn how WP works. When they are in camp for a longer period of time, then I will learn WP.

  • I love love LOVE WordPress {dot} Org. I started on Blogger back in college, moved to wordpress{dot}com over a year ago and finally moved up to self-hosting (well Dad hosting because he owns the server its on…) because I wanted so much more.

    It was definitely a gradual process and each platform was great when I used it, but as you said. I outgrew them and just kept moving up.

  • Shell says:

    This looks like just the book I’ve been looking for! Thanks for sharing.

  • Ooops, I meant to say ‘future!’

  • maybe, in the futer, i really don’t know.

    have agreat day!

  • Leanne says:

    Such perfect timing for this post, as that Great Blog Debacle of 2011 (LOVE THAT!) had so many of us ‘bloggers’ in quite a fret last week. Thank you SO MUCH for sharing this info with us, as I have often thought of making the switch but was not clear (at all) on where to even start. GREAT GREAT post and GREAT GREAT information from a GREAT group!!!!

  • Elizabeth says:

    Switching is something I’ve been thinking about for a long time, almost a year. I want to change my blog name at the same time however so I’ve been researching and really thinking about what I want for my blog in the long run.

    • Sharon says:

      Hey Elizabeth! If you are thinking about changing your domain name while you make the move to WordPress, I would recommend that you do it while you are still on Blogger. It’s a lot easier that way, and Google will take care of some of the work “behind the scenes” for you. Changing domain names on Blogger is pretty simple – just go to Settings > Publishing and follow the prompts to change your domain name.

      Hope that helps!

      • Cari says:

        That helps me for sure thanks, I have been considering both a domain change and move from blogger to WP. Thanks for all of your insite 🙂

  • Jenny says:

    I’ll never leave WP unless I go broke then I might consider Blogger (only cause I can use my own theme). xD It’s just so frickin’ awesome and I’m learning so much every day when I think of new things to do with my site.

  • I {heart} blogger, this past week’s issue was not a common occurence, something went very wrong and Google worked hard to fix it. Blogger is an awesome service considering that it’s free and so far I’ve not found anything that I can’t do there.

    Perhaps in the future I will chance my mind but for now I’m not moving!

    • Sharon says:

      Hey April! Sounds like you are in the category of bloggers where Blogger is the perfect fit! That’s great. And I agree, for a free service they do a really good job.

      Moving to WordPress seems like a better choice when people “outgrow” Blogger. And I think you’ll know if/when you get there! 🙂

      Enjoyed visiting your blog – looks like the quilt will be beautiful!

    • Rachel B says:

      Good comment! I totally agree with you!