My Blog is Making the WordPress Switch

I'm excited to make the switch from Blogger to WordPress.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…..

 


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Comments

  1. Have you noticed if the formatting on some of your posts are weird and all smushed together? I found that happened with some of mine and I’m slowly trying to fix them.

    • Really? I’ll have to go back and look to see what is happening. I made some changes to the default fonts last night, so I’ll see if it broke something! I am spending a lot of time learning how to “drive” Word Press. It is more flexible than Blogger, but a lot more complicated too.

  2. I have been blogging since 2006 using Blogger, and have considered switching to Word Press for the last year. I would be interested in reading about any issues you have run into after the switch. One of my concerns was “losing” my previous blogs. Is there a way to transfer your old blog posts over to WordPress? Or is it even worth it? (I have thousands of blog posts.)
    I often link back to previous posts and it would be nice if I could keep the linkbacks within WordPress.
    Best of luck with WordPress and keep up posted.

    • Fred – I say GO FOR IT. We are in the same boat – I started with Blogger in 2007 and I had nearly 800 posts. Blogelina brought over all my posts, photos, comments, and EVERYTHING, plus all my Pinterest pins still work fine. We’ve had a few little things here and there to fix, but it’s worked out much better than expected. I am glad I paid someone to do it rather than do it myself. That would be like do-it-yourself Dentistry! If you go with Blogelina, mention my name, I’m going to sign up with them as an affiliate – I’ve never done that before, but they have been so great, I can really recommend them!

  3. You and I are in the same boat!! I think you’re switch will be before mine (blog design isn’t quite ready) so I will be following along to learn from you! I’ve been with blogger for 3 years and I’m really nervous about the learning curve.

    • Awesome – let’s keep in touch. I’ve found some great resources. Blogelina is one but also BlogAmbitions.com and I found a great Kindle book that has been a lifesaver. We can learn from each other! I will say that it’s easier than I thought it would be, but there are always a few bumps. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. I switched a few years back and I couldn’t be happier about it. NOW, I do feel like I have only scratched the surface but I no longer have crazy anonymous comments and I am able to do analytics much better and a host of other things. I do recommend Akismet for spam moderation (but Blogelina may have other recommendations — like I said I have so much more to learn!).

    • Yes, Akismet was the first plug I loaded. Blogelina has been great and they have a ton of great articles on their site. It’s just so cool to be able to REPLY to comments. Blogger just didn’t support that. Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Hey Adrian,

    Never did the Bloggy thing, went straight for WordPress and LOVE it. Love all the Plugins and Widgets i can use. Check out my sidebar and the cool TAG plugin I found. As I add more posts to a TAG it gets bigger in the font size. Such a fun thing to poke and prod at… Have fun with it…. i am addicted!!!!

  6. Congrats on the switch, Adrian! Welcome to the dark side. 🙂 If you have the Genesis Framework, Aaron Hartland has some nice free WordPress themes at his site aaronhartland.com. There’s also pagelines.com that offers drag and drop themes that make customization really easy. I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

  7. p.s. I like the categories you came up with.

  8. I need to do this too. I don’t know what I’m waiting for. I’ve heard of Blogelina. They are offering a special…

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