WordPress Made Me Dwell On Blogger

A WordPress user thinking about Blogger

Those of you who have been following me for quite some time would know that I used to blog happily over on Blogger (I ended up deleting my blog because I grew tired of it).

Also, I was no stranger to WordPress (I started a blog on WordPress back in 2012; it was also deleted).

I knew that WordPress was modern and I was anxious to find out if they made any changes (The best way of finding that out was to create another blog on WordPress).

In June 2018, I returned to WordPress and Renard’s World was born.

Today, I am wondering if I would have been better off on Blogger.

Blogger Is Simple And Straightforward

If you have ever set up a blog on Blogger, you would know that everything works.

The editor on Blogger does not give trouble.

And, I had the option of uploading my own theme on Blogger (I was never fond of Blogger’s default themes because I thought that they looked ancient).

I also had the option of using any font that I wanted.

I was granted the freedom to do anything that I wanted with my Blogger theme.

And, the best part of all, was using Google Analytics with my blog.

WordPress.com Does Not Care So Much About Their Free Users

Okay, I will admit, that stating that WordPress.com does not care about their free users is a harsh one to make.

But, have you seen some of WordPress.com’s new themes?

Hey, they do look great, but they have taken even more control from the people that use the free WordPress.com plan.

And, what is that change that I am referring to?

I am referring to the free user’s ability to change the style of fonts along with the size of the fonts.

The only way in which you can change those two things that I mentioned is by upgrading your WordPress.com plan.

Thankfully, the functionality of changing the style of the fonts along with the size of the fonts is still available on the older WordPress themes.

Why is WordPress.com doing this?

The WordPress Community Is Amazing!

It is no secret that the WordPress community is amazing.

Why is the WordPress community amazing?

The WordPress community is amazing because the majority of the WordPress bloggers are highly supportive of each other.

They are well-known for: 

  • Reading each other’s blog posts.
  • Pressing the “Like” button on each other’s blogs.
  • Leaving comments in the comments section of each other’s blogs.

WordPress.com saw to it that the WordPress bloggers could find the blog posts that they were interested in via the WordPress Reader.

So, no blog really goes unnoticed if it is properly tagged (To find out more about this, you can check out my blog post, WordPress Reader — The Double-Edge Sword).

Blogger Also Has A Great Community But They Are Not Aware Of Each Other’s Existence

Blogger does not have anything like the WordPress Reader in which to search for new blogs; the “Next Blog” button was the only way in which a person was able to find additional blogs on Blogger and most of the times, those blogs were either abandoned or ones that the person was not interested in.

In most instances, the people on Blogger found each other via Facebook groups.

So, those of us on WordPress.com would need to count our blessings. We do not have to join Facebook groups in order to find each other.

But, in spite of the setback, the experience of being on Blogger was highly rewarding (A person on Blogger had to work extremely hard in order for their blog to get noticed and when they were recognized by their blogging peers, their blogs skyrocketed).

If Blogger could come up with a better way for their users to find each other, Blogger might have a better chance of giving WordPress.com a run for its money.

It Is A Good Thing That I Do Not Own A Crystal Ball

If I had known that WordPress was going to implement the Gutenberg editor, I would have stayed on Blogger.

Luckily for me (and a few of the other WordPress users), I learned how to use the Gutenberg editor.

And, if I foresaw Tygpress stealing the blogs of countless WordPress users, I would have never made my way back to WordPress.

On a positive note, I joined many of my fellow bloggers on WordPress on a mission to stop Tygpress from carrying out their nefarious activities by posting, Tygpress Scrapped The Living Daylights Out Of WordPress.

Our plan worked because it resulted in Tygpress being temporarily out of service (I am keeping my fingers crossed and hoping that temporarily out of service escalates into permanently out of service).

Now, if I was over on Blogger, I would not have been part of that fight.

Also, I have never heard of the blogs over on Blogger being harvested (And, I am in no way implying that the blogs on Blogger cannot be harvested). 

I am making an educated guess, that since all of the action is on WordPress, it would make more sense for a scraper site to harvest the blogs on WordPress.

I Spent A Portion Of My Time Looking At Third Party Themes For Blogger

There was that brief moment when I lost hope and I questioned myself about my reasons for being on WordPress.com.

Also, I did not like the idea of WordPress.com limiting my freedom (Such as in the case of bloggers on the free WordPress.com plan being unable to select or adjust fonts on the new WordPress themes).

I knew without a doubt, that I was more than free to customize a chosen Blogger theme to my liking (That is provided that I was willing to make the choice to blog over on Blogger and forget all about WordPress).

I admired those third party themes for Blogger, shook myself out of a daze and I returned to perusing the WordPress Reader.

Final Thoughts

Many of us have learned, that once we WordPress bloggers are united with the purpose of achieving a single goal (for example the Tygpress incident) we end up achieving them.

So, what if we all told WordPress.com that we wanted to continue having the freedom to change our fonts along with adjusting them to our desired size. Do you think that they would listen to us?

Okay, the chances of that happening would be like one in three billion (The odds would surely be against us).

Also, WordPress.com would keep things as they are because they know that the majority of us are not going elsewhere to blog.

At the moment, I have no intentions of finding another blogging platform to host my blog posts. I am staying right here on WordPress.com.

Things might not be to our liking here on WordPress.com, but I strongly believe that you and I are capable of convincing the decision-makers at WordPress.com to come to a compromise.

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39 thoughts on “WordPress Made Me Dwell On Blogger

  1. I’m grateful someone decided to talk about this. I think about it a lot and, like you, I often wonder if I would be enjoying blogging more than I am now if I had stuck with Blogger.
    Sometimes I doubt it, because I’ve made so many friends here, and back then on Blogger, it was difficult to connect with other bloggers. Blogger really could use a Reader app.

    But aside from that pitfall, Blogger’s a really good platform. And if there’s one thing I miss about it, it’s how we’re free to set up our fonts the way we want. Even though we didn’t have share buttons back then, with HTML coding, you can easily achieve that. Which brings us to another thing I like about WordPress — they’ve done most of the things involving programming for us, so you can easily use the platform, even if you have zero knowledge of programming.

    Both platforms are great in their own way, and I’m glad I got to explore the both of them. But I’ll never regret porting to WordPress. Making the move was worth it.

    Great post, Renard!

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    1. 🙂 Thank you, Obinna.

      If you check out WordPress’s newest themes, you would notice that those of us on the free WordPress.com plan are unable to make changes to the fonts (That is a bad thing, my friend).

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      1. Well, that’s terrible. I wonder if they do this just to get us to upgrade to higher plans. It’s the only logical explanation I can think of. If that’s why they do it, it’s understandable. Salesmen use that strategy, too.

        But they shouldn’t restrict us in so many areas. At the very least, we should be in full control of our fonts.

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        1. 🤔 If all of us upgraded to a higher WordPress plan (as in getting ourselves a Top-level domain) WordPress.com would make a huge profit.

          I am sticking with my old theme.

          Let us hope that they do not strip us of the ability to choose and adjust the fonts on the older themes.

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  2. I don’t think that WordPress will change its policies under pressure from us. But worth a try. I love the community over here. And since my aim at blogging is to interact in a community, I am happy here.

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  3. As an option Renard, and it could help you grow your audience a bit more… How about using both?

    You could make a post here, cut and paste it onto a Blogger blog and get even more exposure for only a tiny bit more work. The one BIG negative that struck me from your post though was no reader or anything like it. How will people find you if there’s no way to publicize a blog there?

    Either way, my option gives you the best of both worlds and would help eliminate the “grass is always greener” issue that has you hopping hosting companies. 🙂

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      1. Pffft. Google doesn’t do anything for anyone other than itself anyway. Data mine the crap out of everything they get their fingers into, sell your information to anyone and everyone and give you a few crumbs of info back so you don’t sue them for massive privacy violations.

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  4. That’s the thing with a free service you get little say in the decision process. I used to try out themes on a home sever. But I found you spend more time in style than content. Since having less choice my content has improved. Blogger is OK. WordPress has the edge with the reader. I tend to alter my posts from inside the admin panel. Far more options there.

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  5. I still prefer WordPress over blogger, but I haven’t deleted my old blogspot because it does feels like part of me! It is much easier to read and comment on blogs via the reader, although I do like to visit the full desktop version of people’s blogs to appreciate the work that goes into the design of the whole blog.

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  6. I always have trouble leaving comments over on Blogger. I always seem to find myself having to jump through lots of hoops to leave a comment. Therefore, I’ve stopped leaving comments over there now. I also don’t like the layout, of some of the blog posts, but that could just be that the bloggers I do follow on Blogger do not always format their posts correctly. If a blog post is poorly laid out, I don’t even stop to read it.

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    1. 🙂 During the time I had my blog on Blogger, I used the Disqus commenting system (which in my opinion is much better looking and easier to use) and I uploaded my own theme.

      Also, like you, I hate to come across blog posts that are not formatted correctly.

      Thank you for sharing your perspective, Hugh.

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      1. I’ve never heard of the Disqus commenting system, Renard. Is it part of the Blogger platform? I only ask because I hear users of the Blogger platform complaining at how difficult the commenting system is. Some say it’s not very ‘user-friendly.’ I wouldn’t like the thought of readers finding it difficult to leave comments on any of my blog posts. I’m glad WordPress makes it so easy for readers to leave comments, although the types of comments left is another story 😀

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        1. 🙂 Disqus is a third-party commenting platform; it is not part of Google’s services.

          It can be added to a blog on Blogger via a widget.

          People on Blogger also have the option of using Facebook comments, IntenseDebate and LiveFyre.

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  7. Well l am on an upgraded theme, not that l truly use it to its fullest potential yet, however l have noticed an awful amount of comments with regards free plans struggling with not just the theme and font but other things, sometimes as important as communication and engagement – well if there is a problem with interaction, then this is a bigger issue – because blogging is about communication isn’t it?

    I started on my first ever blog here in WP, although l had been a guest writer on other platforms for a few years before taking the plunge. I started with the free plan and graduated up to support my needs. However that aside ….

    I think every society needs a bit of revolution now and again … what would happen if a post was created that did the rounds and gathered signatures like a Blogging Community Petition post? Could it not work like a ‘tagged award’, so each blogger selects three bloggers to sign and pass onto three more? Tagged with WordPress.

    Then once it has garnered sufficient signatures, the Overlords are notified of its presence if they were not aware of it already? For a week ten days many of us battled Tygpress something WP feigned they knew little about? We made an impact, Tygpress is currently still out of action and as a community we battled to make that possibility a reality.

    No one knows what can be achieved Renard until they try?

    Why don’t you draw up a sample presentation or a letter or even a petition structure? I’ll sign and so too will many others.

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    1. 🙂 Rory, you have brought up some valid points.

      And, yes, communication is vital where blogging is concerned.

      Although a petition structure is a great idea, I believe that the WordPress overlords have their minds made up.

      I will simply stick to using my old theme for the time being.

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  8. Okie dokie, if you should ever change your mind of that thought, let me know and perhaps we might be able to make an impact and if not, then WP at least will be made aware of a discord from their communities. Stranger things have happened my friend 🙂

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  9. Interesting post. When I started blogging over two years ago I had no clue (still don’t truth be told). I picked wp because my daughter had a blog here. Loved the free themes and found one that worked for me. Due to the size of images I use I’ve had to upgrade but that’s life.
    There are a few people I follow over on blogger and I’m not overly impressed with the themes, they all look very much the same. Those bloggers do not seem to get the interaction with others as we do on wp. This is probably due to the reader thing you mention.
    Wp has it’s faults but have been helpful when I needed advice.

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    1. 🙂 Thank you so kindly for sharing your perspective.

      In regards to a person’s blog on Blogger, they are not obligated to use Blogger’s boring-looking themes. They are free to upload a beautiful and modern-looking theme to their blog (Those themes are provided by third-party services).

      And, yes, interaction is somewhat dismal over on Blogger.

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  10. I couldn’t stop reading your post! I too love my blogging community. There are so many great bloggers out there. I haven’t changed my blog to Gutenberg because I finally figured out the one I use. I love WordPress but hate that because of all my pictures I have to pay for a business plan just to get unlimited storage, I was running out. Nothing about my blog says business….lol

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  11. I started out on Blogger, and was there for a couple of years. In all that time I maybe had one or two comments, and no followers. (I still have it, but do nothing there any more). I was so happy to start my WP blog, as I find it much easier, and the community and conversations we can have is the best!
    I do enjoy reading your informative blog. 🙂

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  12. So, what if we all told WordPress.com that we wanted to continue having the freedom to change our fonts along with adjusting them to our desired size. Do you think that they would listen to us?

    Your chances might be better now. Have you heard about what has been going on with Tumblr (the third big blogging platform along with Blogger and WordPress) since December? After Verizon bought Tumblr, they declared a ban on sexually-explicit content. The Tumblr blogging community was outraged, but the management ignored them. Traffic on Tumblr fell dramatically. This month Verizon sold Tumblr, at a loss of more than a billion dollars compared to what they originally paid for it. So owners of blog platforms have seen that there is a price to be paid for ignoring what the user community wants.

    (I’ve written several posts about his saga. Here is the latest one.)

    As for the Blogger platform, I have never had any difficulty finding other interesting blogs. I find most of them via comments left by the bloggers on other posts. If a comment looks interesting, I check out the person’s blog as well. Same with WordPress blogs. I don’t bother with the complicated stuff.

    When I started on Blogger, I deliberately chose the simplest theme available because I didn’t want anything distracting readers from the content. It has always worked fine.

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    1. 🙂 They might but it is hard to say for sure.

      WordPress is so popular that if a large percentage of its users left, new users will end up filling the void (The new users not knowing any better will accept WordPress’s new system as being normal).

      Tumblr was filled with lots of hardcore pornography in the past. Also, Tumblr never really appealed to me.

      Thanks for providing me with the link for your post related to Tumblr; I checked it out and I noticed that you are using one of Blogger’s classic-looking themes (You were not joking about using the simplest theme).

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