I’ve worked on Blogger for several years. For the last 8 months, I’ve been faithfully posting daily blogs and before that, I kept up a weekly scrapbooking blog. I thought I knew Blogger pretty well, but I learned a lot this weekend when I asked folks which they preferred.
I got feed back from all sorts, many of whom had used both. Only one
of them preferred Blogger over WordPress. I was so surprised! Here’s what I’ve learned:
Blogger is hard to comment on. I had no idea! But then I’ve had a Blogger blog for about 6 years. It’s easy for the Blogspot bloggers. From what I understand, though, it’s hard for everyone else. WordPress is fairly easy for a commentator using google profile, but I’ve been hearing that Blogger requires filling out an email with every comment. I’ve visited other sites like that – most annoying! Especially if I’m in a time constraint. Since I’m blogging to entertain others, that last thing I want to do is make it hard on them to chat back! NO BRAINER!
WordPress detailed designs come with a price tag. Blah. I’m not bringing anything in at the moment, so it’s pretty hard for me to justify spending money. Any money! But if I do, I want the cash to be well-spent. Paying to be able to choose a more detailed design or add CSS or change to fancy fonts is out of the question. I am a perfectionist, but I’ll deal with it. I might have been swayed if I had the option of changing font colors. I had to start from scratch more than once when the font colors and tab backgrounds didn’t match my header and background color. I ended up spending several hours making a full background image with the header embedded. I hope I’m done with that, but I’m not really satisfied yet, so I bet I’ll be adjusting more. STRIKE AGAINST SWITCHING!
Blogger offers more control over my site. I can adjust the margins – that’s huge to me. I can change font colors and styles on everything as well as the backgrounds for those fonts. I have the power to choose what data is included in my posts – name, date, links, etc. And I can work in the html side to make sure I get things just like I want them. It also offers a dynamic view of the content. I particularly like the mosaic for one of the pages I wanted to do. With Blogger, I can use the Mosaic instead of a drop-down menu. I’m leaning back the other way. LOVE THAT! Oh, wait. It won’t set that up under my header. Instead it eliminates my header completely along with my color scheme! Well that won’t work! And I have to recreate my header again. LEANING TOWARD WORDPRESS AGAIN.
Blogger has a following feature that shows me the faces of people who have followed my blog. I really like that because I will email those folks when they join with a personal thank-you. The only following I see on WordPress is the email following. Not nearly as personal from my side, but then it’s not about me. I do like the fact that I can track visits with WordPress along with page views. With Blogger, I could only view page views and couldn’t get a really strong vision for how many different people wandered over. And with that, I’d heard that WordPress blogs were easier to find by the tags in a search engine. Not sure that it’s true, but I had some new, and unexpected, visits from folks when I exported my Blogger articles over there. WAVERING.
WordPress allows for multiple pages that can link together in a website-type menu. Blogspot limited the pages to five when I first got on, but they seem to allow an unlimited number at this point. But there’s a difference. On Blogspot, while I can make as many pages as I want, only five will show up in the tabs. The others are hidden in a second row. I could probably change it in CSS, but I’m not really good with that, yet. In WordPress, I’m not only allowed unlimited pages, they’ll set up in multiple rows under my header. And a biggie for me is that I can nest the pages under parent pages to keep things together in one category. Add to that the ability to add a shopping link, when my books reach the publishing stage, and I’ll be set! PRICELESS!
This pushed me over the edge, proving my decision-maker to start moving over to WordPress. For now, a duplicate site is set up. Hope you come by and say Hi! https://marjilaine.wordpress.com