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.
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.