03.05.2015

WordPress vs. Blogger

As a brand new blogger, I just wanted to offer my two cents worth about starting my blog.  I basically know nothing about blogging yet other than the process I went through to set it up, and that is what I want to talk about today.  As you can tell, this blog is powered by WordPress.com.  There seem to be two major blogging host sites (along with many other smaller ones), and they are WordPress and Blogger.  As a complete newbie, I had no idea which one to choose.
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To fill you in, I actually began one blog before this one.  It was a obscure site called The Hits and Mrs, and it never even had one post.  Why did I quit?  To start with, I made the decision to begin a blog shortly after getting engaged.  Bad idea.  I quickly realized how life consuming planning a wedding is, and that I was insane if I thought I could do both!  Ain’t nobody got time for that!  However, I was also having such a struggle getting my blog SET UP!  For the hosting site for this blog I used… Blogger.
Now don’t misunderstand me, I don’t think Blogger is bad.  I have seen a lot of beautiful sites that were created on it.  But for me and how my mind works, it was so difficult to customize.  I spent a lot of time with it, and had to google a lot of instructions to figure out how to do the basic customizations I wanted.  So due to these two things, I gave up on that blog before the first post.
I originally chose Blogger because I had heard so much about it’s ease of use.  It was supposed to be good for beginners, have simpler formatting, and use less HTML and shortcodes.  This is true, but only if you want you blog to be EXTREMELY basic.  Any customization beyond the basic options seemed to be a struggle for me.
Fast forward one year later and I was ready to start again.  This time I used WordPress.  I was scared to use it because I heard it was harder… more for an advanced blogger. But I was ready to try something different, and excited about the extra options it was supposed to offer.  And I LOVE IT!  After the first login, you are presented with an instruction guide that is very long and comprehensive.  It walked me through each step of setup from customization, to publishing and pages, to uploading media, to promoting your social media.  I felt like each step was easier and quicker to accomplish than with Blogger.  Yes, there is some HTML and codes, but there were easy instructions to help each time I needed it.  I also love the fact that I can easily transfer to my own domain name later if I want.  In one afternoon I had the basics of my blog the way I wanted it, and felt ready to begin posting within a few days.
There is still plenty of room for my blog design to grow and many things I want to tweak, but the WordPress process made me excited to blog and I can’t wait to share that journey with all of you!  I realize that this review is very basic, but hopefully it may help some of you that are just beginning to make your choice.
What about you other bloggers out there?  What sites do you use to power your blogs?  Do have any good tips for improving your blogs?  Until next time… Jill
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  1. Hey Jill, I really enjoyed reading this post! I currently have a tumblr and a wordpress (just stared). I mostly use my tumblr for picture posting and wordpress for writing! I look forward to reading more 🙂

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