Dear Fellow Bloggers,
I have this blog. It’s a WordPress blog. I love writing for my blog, and I love receiving your comments even more!
But I’m having a five-month blog crisis and I need your advice.
When I first entertained the idea of starting a blog, I asked it in, offered it a seat and a cold drink, then asked, “What platform do you think I should use for my blog?”
The idea stared back at me blankly.
So I bitch-slapped the drink out of its hand and showed it the door.
But the idea didn’t go away. Eventually, I apologized and we became friends, but I realized that to make things work between us, I was going to have to find out more about blogs on my own.
I did some online research. I looked high and I looked low, but everywhere I looked, the same three names kept coming up: Blogger, TypePad and WordPress. Blogger seemed to have a reputation for being user-friendly, while WordPress reportedly had more functionality. TypePad barely made the running.
I foolishly deluded myself into thinking that I was computer-savvy enough to deal with the WordPress platform and, even if I didn’t need it right now, I’d grow into the functionality. I logged onto WordPress and posted my first entry on T’s and my one-year wedding anniversary.
Fast-forward five months. I have found that the blogosphere is even more galactic than I imagined. I have found an awesome community of MilSpouses and a handful of other wonderful blogs. My imagination has taken flight and I find myself with idea after idea for new posts, pages and plug-ins.
The problem is I also find myself spending ridiculous amounts of time trying to figure out things like: how to follow others’ blogs; how to reply to comments via email; how to post buttons on my page. This is time that I could (and should) be spending writing and posting.
Example: I embedded a Picasa slideshow on a recent post. It took me well over an hour to figure out how to do this. I grabbed the HTML code and pasted it into the HTML section of my post. It didn’t work.
Through research, I figured out that I needed to go through vodpod.com to get the slideshow to work. I had never even heard of vodpod, but hey, what the heck? It was too late to turn back. I was in that stubborn determined mode where I was going to post that damn slideshow or die trying.
I thought…if I had Blogger instead of WordPress, would this have been easier? Both Piscasa and Blogger are through Google.
Another example: Through WordPress I set up my Gravatar profile, which is supposed to link my icon picture to my email address. Theoretically, when I comment using the email address, that picture should appear next to my comment. No dice.
I set up a Blogger profile and Bingo! My picture now shows up next to my comments.
What I’m trying to get at, in a long-winded, roundabout way, is…did I make the right platform choice? WordPress is easy enough to use for the basics, but Blogger seems like it has the more complete package – you need just one account to get set up with everything from email and a blog to Google Reader and Analytics.
But would the learning curve be just as steep? Should I stick with the devil I know?
I look to you, fellow bloggers, for your input. Help me resolve the great Blogger vs. WordPress debate!
What are your experiences with Blogger or WordPress? Are you satisfied with the platform you chose? What do you see as the advantages and disadvantages? Have you been able to do everything you’d like to do with your blog? What have your frustrations been? Your successes?
I’m looking for feedback from both Blogger and WordPress users (and anyone else!).
Many, many thanks from a frazzled, frustrated and flummoxed fellow blogger!
Sarah @ Mowenackie