WordPress is no doubt a wonderful place to blog; that goes for both WordPress.com and WordPress.org.
However, this blog post is focused on WordPress.com — the WordPress-hosted version that countless people around the world use to host their blogs.
It does not take long for a newcomer to WordPress to realise that they have joined a blogging platform that is modern and powerful.
And, I can proudly say, “I have no regrets of ever returning to WordPress on June 2018.”
Now, I am not the only blogger who left WordPress and came back (There are many others like myself who abandoned WordPress and returned to it years after and they are very happy to be back on WordPress).
And, I salute those of you who have never left WordPress.
It is not easy to establish yourself as a blogger on those other blogging platforms.
Thankfully, you can make a name for yourself on WordPress.
And, I am going to tell you the reasons why I think that WordPress is in a class by itself.
The WordPress Community Is Outstanding
I think that WordPress.com is one of the few places on the internet where people will interact with you when you have published your first blog post; you will receive some likes and there is also the probability of you getting a comment (Or better yet, some comments).
My first blog post on WordPress.com did not go unnoticed (And, I was very pleased about that).
Now, even though a person is not blogging with the intentions of becoming famous, they would still like people to notice their content.
The WordPress.com Reader is filled with all categories of blogs and it is utilised by the WordPress Community to come across the blogs that they are interested in (And, once you have tagged your blog post correctly, they will eventually come across it via the WordPress.com Reader).
From experience, I can tell you, that the WordPress Community is highly supportive of its members.
When I was over on Blogger, no one responded to my blog post on the first day that it was published.
As a matter of fact, it took a few months before someone actually commented on an article of mine on Blogger (And, that comment was from a friend of mine who blogged on WordPress).
It took a very long time before I could receive a comment from someone on Blogger (I blame Blogger’s ‘Next Blog’ button for that; since it directed users to blogs that were abandoned or blogs that they were not interested in; so one cannot blame the Blogger Community, because they were unaware of the existence of each other’s blogs).
The WordPress.com Reader on the other hand, allows WordPress users to find the blogs of their fellow bloggers with ease.
So, a lot of bloggers do not know what they are giving up when they abandon WordPress.com with the intentions of blogging somewhere else.
I remembered that a young lady left WordPress.com to blog on Blogger; her blog did not last long (She probably learned the hard way, that if a blogger does not have a community to support them, their blog will suffer a horrific fate — extinction).
I would like to state for the record, that it is possible to have a popular blog on Blogger (Hey, my former blog on Blogger received lots of views; but it took me an extremely long time before I could see the desired results).
So, my friend, never take WordPress.com for granted, because if you do, you will regret what you have done.
Are you fond of your WordPress Community?
In my case, I am deeply appreciative of my WordPress Community.
The WordPress Themes Are Fantastic
All WordPress users know, that there are a large collection of themes to choose from and those themes are:
Simply choose a theme that is free or purchase one of the premium themes on WordPress.com and you are good to go.
And, you can also customise your chosen theme to your heart’s delight.
Thankfully, there are themes available to suit each blogger’s taste.
Do you like the WordPress theme that you currently have on your blog?
WordPress Notifies You Of Your Progress
Oh, I like that WordPress informs me of my progress via notifications; I was notified of the following things:
- When I surpassed the number of likes received on a blog post; they sent a notification that showed me the old record for the number of the most likes on a blog post along with the new record for the most likes on a blog post.
- When I made it through to one month of blogging, WordPress.com sent me a notification reminding me of the date I created Renard’s World (That was very thoughtful of the folks at Automattic).
- When I broke my personal record for the highest number of views in a day (That was a pleasurable notification to read).
Other people may view that sort of thing as trivial, but I like the fact, that no other blogging platform notifies their users of their progress.
Do you like it when WordPress.com notifies you about your progress?
People Should Stop Belittling WordPress.com
A lot of people who use WordPress.org as their one and only place to blog, have a way of belittling WordPress.com. They like to say, “If you are really serious about blogging, you should use WordPress.org.”
Okay, I will admit, that WordPress.org is the superior option when it comes to business-related blogs, because one is granted more freedom with the self-hosted version of WordPress (If I were to venture into the world of business, I would gladly choose WordPress.org).
However, in regards to personal blogs, WordPress.com is ideal for me, since I have no intentions of making a living from off of my blog.
Those of us on WordPress.com can even upgrade to a top-level domain if we really wanted to (And, there is also the option to monetise one’s blog).
A lot of the folks on WordPress.org tend to view the bloggers on WordPress.com as amateurs (But, to be very honest, there are amateurs on WordPress.org too — people who have set up shop on WordPress.org and are trying out blogging for the first time in their lives).
But, in most cases, WordPress.org is used mostly by people who are experienced at blogging (They are usually tech savvy and they know exactly what they are doing in regards to blogging; they are not guessing).
At times, WordPress.org and WordPress.com reminds me of siblings who love to fight with each other.
The good news is, that there are bloggers who use both WordPress.com and WordPress.org; they have seen the value of using both.
After all, WordPress.com and WordPress.org are part of the same Automattic family.
And, for the record, I am not ashamed of blogging on WordPress.com (Despite the fact, that there are bloggers on WordPress.org who would like me to be).
Are you proud to be be blogging on WordPress.com?
WordPress on the whole is marvellous.
I have no animosity towards any blogger on WordPress.org, because they are all wonderful people.
And, I would like to send virtual hugs and kisses to all of my fellow bloggers on WordPress.com for their loyal support.
Also, I would like to add, that I am having the time of my life on WordPress.
I would like to suggest to my fellow bloggers, that we make a conscientious effort to learn everything that we can about WordPress (That way, we would be able to use it to the best of our ability).
Thank you for reading and I look forward to seeing you around Renard’s World once again.