Oh, I would have never believed in one hundred years, that I would have made my way back to WordPress.
Anyway, it is a pleasure to be back here.
WordPress has changed a lot; for starters, the user interface is much different (And, that is to be expected, since the engineers at WordPress are always changing things for the better). Thankfully, the user interface is not complicated and I can easily find my way around WordPress.
For the record, it is way too early for me to say, “I will be staying with WordPress.”
I will take it one day at a time. If I like the way in which things are going with WordPress, I will stay.
Leaving Blogger Was Hard
My previous blog on Blogger was an experiment to see if it was a blogging platform that was worth blogging on (I found out that it was certainly a wonderful place to blog).
Anyone who has ever blogged on Blogger, would know that getting recognised on that platform is not easy; it involves more work than the average (A person might as well spend their time creating content on WordPress, because they would see for their self that their time is well spent).
However, on Blogger, I had the freedom to do the following:
- Upload my own theme.
- Dabble with HTML and CSS codes.
- Add any commenting platform; for example Disqus.
Up to this day, a lot of people still believe that you can only use Blogger’s default themes (That belief is an erroneous one).
In the beginning, it was nice uploading beautiful themes to my blog on Blogger. But, the God’s/Goddess truth is that looks are not everything. Despite having some good looking themes, they were not all SEO-friendly or responsive.
The biggest irony was, that the search engines on the world wide web preferred the default Blogger themes. Whenever, I got rid of the default Blogger themes, my blog would be buried in Bing’s search listings; they remained listed in Google’s search listings and I believe that it had a lot to do with Google owning Blogger.
Another thing is that Blogger does not have many default themes (Therefore, that leaves your blog looking like those of most Blogger users — generic).
The choice was a hard one to make: use Blogger’s default themes (which in my opinion were outdated-looking) and raise up in the ranks of Google’s search listing or use my own theme (that other search engines other than Google hated).
So, you have guessed it, I went back to using one of Blogger’s default themes.
My frustration was the catalysis that led me over to the free version of WordPress (The WordPress-hosted option).
Nothing Comes Close To The WordPress Reader
One of the things that I like about the WordPress Reader is, that I can easily come across blogs that I am truly interested in; which is done via clicking on the appropriate tags. Here are a few tags that I have set:
- Trinidad and Tobago
- Law of Attraction
In the past, I learned (the hard way), that the WordPress Reader is highly addictive and that you end up spending hours checking out other people’s blogs.
Now, as I am back on WordPress, I intend to use this feature wisely.
I Will Be Keeping Somewhat Of A Low Profile
I will not be going out of my way to promote this blog.
Okay, I know that appears strange to some of you.
But, this is a my personal space to share my thoughts — thoughts pertaining to my likes, dislikes or whatever is on my mind (And, not everyone is going to be open to this sort of thing).
Besides, I am way too old to be engaging in popularity contests.
I could not care whether or not if I have countless followers to my blog. However, you are more than free to follow Renard’s World if you like.
I am not even going out of my way to comment on other people’s blogs; unless my intuition tells me that it is safe to do so.
In the past, I left comments that some people took an offense to (They took what I said out of context).
By the way, if I commented on your blog, and you are a bit puzzled as to what I said, you are more than welcome to ask me to clarify my statement. I assure you, that I do not go out of my way to offend people on the world wide web. I am not a troll.
Those sorts of negative experiences are the ones that tend to make bloggers like myself stay to their own corner of the blogosphere.
Now, do not get me wrong, I am not antisocial. I am a friendly, polite and outgoing person who is very easy to talk to.
But, I would be playing it safe.
WordPress Is A Lovely Place
I had a WordPress blog in the past; which is the reason why I know for a fact, that it is a lovely place.
The WordPress community is a beautiful one.
The only issue I had in the past was, being unable to log into my account while the WordPress engineers were doing upgrades (Oh, that was a frustrating experience that I learned to live with).
I never hated WordPress and I always rated it highly for being a very beautiful and a modern-looking blogging platform.
I will also check to see if some of my old blogging buddies are still here on WordPress.
I also know for a fact, that a lot of them no longer blog on WordPress. They left for the following reasons:
- To go on the self-hosted version of WordPress.
- To go back to using Blogger.
- To jump on the Medium bandwagon (Medium seems to be one of those places that hardcore writers like).
- Blogging was simply too much for them (Which is why they deleted or abandoned their blog).
Okay, I do know in the back of my mind, that blogs do not last forever. But, it is up to us to try our best in the area of making it last as long as possible.
In my case, I am putting my best foot forward with this WordPress blog of mine.
One cannot deny the superiority of WordPress when it comes to SEO.
WordPress, whether it be the WordPress-hosted version or the self-hosted version is a great place for blogging.
Although Blogger is not bad place for blogging, the team that is responsible for its development needs to modernise it (Blogger needs a new interface and more default themes).
The only people that would continue to use Blogger are the ones who love simplicity or the ones who are tech savvy enough to create their own themes, or the ones who bought themes from tech savvy individuals to upload on their own blog.
As far as I am concerned, there is nothing wrong with moving on to a new blogging platform; especially if you have grown tired of the old one.
Now, I do not think that I would be getting tired of my WordPress blog anytime soon; it will will stick around. As I have mentioned earlier, “I am taking it one day at a time.”
Besides, WordPress is one of a kind!