Why I Moved to WordPress

Well, folks – after blogging for over a decade on Google’s Blogger platform, I’ve decided to move to WordPress.com.

It took me a long time to come to this decision. Apart from sentimental reasons, there were numerous features I loved about Blogger, including:

  • Short learning curve
  • Free and ad-less
  • Fully customizable
  • Integrated with Google (yes, this was a plus for me)

I stayed with Blogger patiently through its recent major milestones: Followers replaced with Google+, user interface overhaul, evolution of the Reading List, removal of third-party gadgets, and two rounds of new themes, plus other changes I’ve probably forgotten. I didn’t like every change, but for a number of years, there were plenty of improvements and nothing got in the way of my blogging. Somewhere in the middle of all of this, I got my computer science degree, discovered the Blogger API, and dreamed of developing my own themes. Overall I was happy with Blogger and planned to stick with it indefinitely.

A few things have come together in the last year which finally changed my mind:

  1. Mobile design. I think I have tried every one of Blogger’s mobile designs and found it problematic in some aspect. While most of my site traffic comes from desktop computers, this is a deal-breaker for anyone wishing to reach a wider audience.
  2. Social media. After starting the podcast and rebranding as Classics Considered, I realized the need to integrate better with Instagram and other social media platforms. This is completely doable in Blogger, but WordPress has tools to make it faster (in great part due to its better selection of themes).
  3. Ease of use. I think WordPress’s usability has greatly improved since I last tried it (years ago). I’ve been using Medium and LinkedIn for my professional blogging and have been spoiled by their post editors and friendly formatting. Having that capability in WordPress, I feel like blogging will be much faster, and these days I’m all about time efficiency.
  4. Blogger makes me sad. Only half-joking. Seriously, it seems like every so often, Google remembers Blogger and puts in some development to improve its features. But it still feels like a neglected corner of the Google empire, which is a pity since it has incredible potential. As a software developer, I am not seeing iterative design on a continual basis, and that saddens me. Blogger no longer seems like a competitor to WordPress – it feels like a legacy product Google is supporting for sake of the people who still use it. I don’t know if that is the case, and I hope not. That’s just how it looks from the outside.

I have transferred Classics Considered over to WordPress, but there are still plenty of broken links I’ll need to fix, so please bear with me over the next month or two as I get those cleaned up.

Also, if there’s any features or nice-to-knows about WordPress you’d like to share, I’d love to hear about them!


  1. “Iโ€™ve been using Medium and LinkedIn for my professional blogging and have been spoiled by their post editors and friendly formatting.”

    YES YES YES. That’s so true. Even though I love medium’s editor, I can’t write all my blogs there. WordPress was a saviour.


  2. Everyone tells me that WordPress is better. Maybe in the future I will consider a move. I have been generally neglecting the upkeep of my blog, other then the actual posts, so I need to get back to keeping that up anyway. Some people are also telling me that they have been having trouble commenting on blogger blogs too.

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    1. That was another concern I had… fortunately someone had alerted me about the comments problem, too. I was particularly disappointed because I’d come to enjoy Blogger’s nested comment feature.


  3. there you are! i wondered what had happened… i’m vastly ignorant re computers; i just use wordpress because i’m cheap… and it seemed a lot easier…


    1. Glad to see you here, Mudpuddle! Contrary to perceptions, technology should *not* be hard to use, and if it is, there’s usually something wrong with it. ๐Ÿ™‚


  4. Welcome! You’ll probably explore and utilize a LOT more of its features than I will, but my favorite feature is being able to interact with posts directly from the bell menu! The only thing I miss about blogger is the dynamic lists link, and I think there’s a way to create one with a wordpress widget…I just have to poke around some more. Right now the library is preparing for a big renovation, so a lot of my attention at home goes for restful things instead of industrious or creative ones..


    1. Oh, I hear you there! It takes a ridiculous amount of energy for me to do anything computer-related outside of work, unless I have a spurt of motivation.

      I do like the bell feature. With that, I can probably turn off the email notifications now and declutter my inbox.


      1. I’m the same way — I spend all day working in Office, so when I get home my temptation is to zone out with a podcast or something while I’m pretend-fishing, pretend-truck driving, pretend house-building, or pretend-computer building. :p

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    1. Sort of… the free tier is 100% free but it does include ads. I thought that was going to be ok, but some of the ads were a bit objectionable to me (nothing crazy, just rather distracting), and they’re unpredictable as to what they will be. I ended up going with the $4/month plan which is ad-free. So far it’s been a good investment; I do find posts are faster/easier to write and format in WordPress, so it saves me (a neurotic editor) a great deal of time. ๐Ÿ™‚


  5. I have started to move to WordPress (the free version – I really don’t want to pay for any of this) and noticed that when I exported my blog I didn’t have any tags; everything is uncategorized. Do I have to retag everything? Did this happen when you moved your blog?

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    1. Hi Beth, congrats on the move! ๐Ÿ™‚

      So, WordPress has two cataloguing methods – “Categories” (higher level) and “Tags” (lower level / more detailed). Each post can have multiple Categories and/or multiple Tags. When I moved, the Blogger Tags got converted to WordPress Tags. But since Blogger doesn’t have categories, all the posts got put into the “Uncategorized” category (in addition to any Tags that they had). I haven’t got around to putting all of my posts into categories, so many of them are still Uncatgorized…even though they have tags. (Clear as mud? ๐Ÿ˜† )

      I took a quick peek at your blog on WordPress, and it looks like some (or all?) of your tags are there. For example, I can visit these links:


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