I'm packing my virtual boxes and making the move to Wordpress!
Change -- even good change -- is always a little scary. What if I lose all my subscribers? What if I can't figure out how to use Wordpress? What if my entire site gets lost in cyberspace?!
I finally overcame my neurosis and pulled the Trigger for a few reasons:
1.) Easier connection with my readers. That is the #1 reason I made the switch. Wordpress plug-ins enable you to reply to your readers on your blog and then send them your response via email. I love that it makes interacting and connecting with your readers so easy. I think being able to see replies also helps fuel dialogue and discussion. I can't wait! And I haven't even scratched the surface of all the cool Wordpress plugins!
2.) I'll own my content. Right now, Google owns my content. And since they didn't write a word, that seems sort of unfair. Plus, since they own it, they could conceivably shut down my blog at any time. I don't know of anyone who this has happened to, but I don't like the idea that it could. Self-hosted WordPress means I'm in control of my blog and its content. And as a recovering control-freak perfectionist, that appeals to me. (Old habits die hard.)
3.) Enhanced SEO. I've heard from several bloggers who made the switch that they saw a boost in traffic after making the leap.
4.) I like the look. Wordpress blogs just have a look I like. I love that I won't need a magnifying glass to see the number of comments. I like having smaller versions of old posts under current posts, so new readers can easily peruse the latest archives.
Blogger has served me well. And I certainly visit many awesome-looking -- and just plain awesome -- Blogger blogs. But, for me, for the above reasons, I just decided that it was time to pack up and move on.
So please excuse the chaos around here next week. I'm making the move on Monday and Tuesday, so it's doubtful I'll be able to post Tweet Me Tuesday this week, but be sure to link up on Kristen's blog, MamaBytes.
I look forward to chatting with you in my new home!