I have been thinking about this for literally years and I’m finally to move from Blogger to self-hosted WordPress. I’m actually pretty tech-savvy, but I’m smart enough to know when I am over my head, so I’ve hired a company called Blogelina to handle the transition. Fingers crossed that it will all go very smoothly.
There are so many reasons to make this change, but I think the main one is to be able to have better interaction with my readers. I get so jealous when I comment on a WordPress (is it Word Press or WordPress – I don’t even know yet!) blog, and they are able to kick a response right back to me. Blogger has a lot of limitations, but the comment system is the biggest deal-breaker for me.
My transition is scheduled for October 15th, so I have just 10 days to learn about WordPress – yikes! I’m planning to keep pretty much the same design. I just LOVE my turquoise and zebra print color scheme – it’s SO me! But I’m also looking at providing a bit more structure. Blogger doesn’t have good options for tags and categories to organize your posts. So I’m planning to get that framework set up first. I hope this will help you guys easily find what they are looking for.
The categories I’m going to go with (so far!) are:
Organizing Tips – which will replace the “Clutterbugs” tag I’ve been using (not sure what I was thinking with that one)
Saving Money – these are all my SmartMoney posts about personal finance. Then I will have a lot of different tags for reducing debt, saving money, general thrifty stuff or just financial behavior advice.
Parenting Tips – I will have several different tags to talk about education, bullying, raising financially smart kids, and just all the lovely bits of advice related to the raising of tweens, teens, and adult kids
Product Reviews – for all the book reviews and other sponsored-type content I sometimes do
Pets – As I was going through my content – all 790 posts of it! I discovered that I have about 50 posts that are related to pets, so I decided to make that it’s own category.
Crafting/DIY – Most of you don’t know that I started as a papercrafting blog, way back in 2007. Those were the years at the end of my career as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator. So I have tons of great paper crafting posts buried back in my archives with gift ideas, stamping projects, and digital and traditional scrapbooking, as well as a few other miscellaneous craft posts. This will make it easier to find some of these crafty-type posts.
For Bloggers – This is the category I struggled with the most. I have a ton of posts that are about so many different angles on blogging. I have stuff like SEO tips to Blog conference recaps, and local Blogger events I get to go to. It’s such a broad category, I’ve been driving myself crazy trying to come up with the right label for it. I think I’ll start with this one and see how it goes. Again, I’ll have lots of tags to help people find what they’re looking for.
AdriansCrazyLife – This is another category I struggled and struggled with. I have about 200 different posts that are about everything under the sun – me, my family, work, church, hobbies, fun stuff I do, volunteering, vacations, holidays. There was really no other way to label it other than Adrian’s Crazy Life! Again, I’ll have tons of tags to help you dig through it all to find the fun stuff!
I am also going to be refreshing and reposting a lot of my earlier gems over the next several months. Fresh photos, cool fonts, and a little spiffing up, and they’ll be good as new again, right? I have literally hundreds of great posts in my archives that many of you have never seen, so I want to make sure that my newer readers get to see some of these helpful ideas buried deep in my blog.
So anyway, I just want to ask everyone to be patient with me. You may see some hiccups and bumps as I learn my way around Word Press, but I’m studying like crazy to learn the ropes and figure out how to make this a really great transition. And if you have any particularly good resources for tutorials or themes, or whatever else you can think of, feel free to share them in the comments! It takes a village…..