I switched to WordPress! (And it wasn’t that scary)

July 23, 2013 General 3

Hey everyone!

For those of you who don’t know, I started out on Blogger by Google. I was only on Blogger for about three weeks when I decided to make the switch to WordPress. Why? Well, if you haven’t heard, Blogger has not been kind to blogs lately. They have marked as spam, and removed, several blogs, most (or all) of which have done nothing wrong, are not spam, and did not violate the Terms of Service.

As soon as this began, there was a mad dash among many bloggers to quickly make the switch, before their blogs were lost. Supposedly, it IS possible to request Google remove the ban from your blog – but who wants to take the risk of losing all that hard work? Whether you’ve been blogging three weeks (like me) or three years… Is it worth the risk?

So why did I switch? I decided I didn’t want to continue blogging with that constant, niggling worry in the back of my mind: Would today be the day blogger decided to axe my blog? I started having trouble keeping up with blog maintenance, and I wasn’t writing as many posts. I became hesitant to put the time and effort into something I had just started, had already fallen in love with, and might potentially lose. Okay, maybe I was being a bit dramatic. I mean, so many people had been using Blogger forever, with no problem. So why was I worried? I don’t know, to be honest. I just was.

Finally, I decided to at least check into making the switch. I didn’t know anything about it, and I had so many questions. I didn’t even know where to begin. So, I went through my Twitter feed and found a bunch of people who, when I tweeted about moving to WordPress, offered to help if I made the decision. I contacted them all for more information. In the end, Shannon @ Twilight Sleep offered to help me with hosting and the transfer, and my mind was made up.

The switch itself was pretty painless, thanks to Shannon, as well as Ashley @ Nose Graze. Without them, I would not have switched when I did, if at all. A lot of bloggers say they don’t want to make the switch because they’re scared and don’t know how to do it or where to start (How does the transfer work? Will they lose their followers? Which host is the best?) But with the right people by your side, it’s not scary at all. I promise. (Okay.. maybe a little, still, but it’s less scary, at the very least.)

I want to thank everyone for being patient during my move. I know it was a little chaotic, and I haven’t posted new content in a long time. But I will definitely be getting back into the swing of things this week. There might be a little bit of an adjustment period, so I thank you for your continued support and understanding during the next few weeks. I have some great things coming, including new reviews, a great giveaway (or two) and a Roswell Read-a-Long and guest review on Mel, Erin + Regina Read A Lot, which you can read more about here.

In addition, if anyone has any questions regarding the Blogger to WordPress switch, I’m happy to answer those questions to the best of my ability.

So again, special thanks to Shannon and Ashley for all their help, and special thanks to everyone reading this blog – your patience and support are much appreciated!

Expect new content soon!
Meredith

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