Some of you probably know of bloggers who left their blog on WordPress to set up a new blog on Blogger.
And, some of you are also aware of the fact, that some of the bloggers on WordPress are thinking about going over to Blogger.
A lot of the older folks (and some of the younger people too) disliked WordPress’s decision to replace the Classic Editor with the Block Editor (That caused them to consider the option of blogging over on Blogger).
For the record, I am not going to discourage anyone from creating a blog over on Blogger because they are within their rights to do so.
However, they should do some research on Blogger (Especially if they have never been on that blogging platform before).
One of the greatest mistakes that any blogger can make is jumping blindly into something that they know nothing of; which in this case is Blogger.
I had the firsthand experience of blogging on Blogger and I am going to tell you what it is like to blog there as well as some of the things that you can expect to encounter.
Creating A Blog On Blogger Is Very Easy For A Newcomer To Blogging To Do
Yes, my friend, setting up a blog on Blogger is very easy (Even your grandma can set up a blog on Blogger on her own).
Ankit Singla’s article, How To Create A Free Blogspot Blog (6 Easy Steps For Beginners), will provide you with easy-to-follow instructions on setting up a blog on Blogger.
Most people would be pleased to know that the process of setting up a blog on Blogger is not an intimidating one.
What about you?
Do you think that setting up a blog on Blogger would be a very easy thing for you to do?
Blogger Can Be A Proverbial Playground For The Tech-Savvy Blogger
A lot of people wrongfully believe that Blogger is only suited for those people who are newcomers to blogging; I can assure you that Blogger can be enjoyed by the tech-savvy blogger because during my time on Blogger:
- I uploaded my own theme (I believe that they are referred to as “Templates” over on Blogger).
- I added the types of fonts that I wanted via CSS codes.
- I adjusted the size of the fonts via CSS codes.
- I optimized my Blogger blog for SEO.
- I replaced Blogger’s default commenting system with Disqus.
Hey, not bad at all for a free blogging platform.
WordPress.com only allows the user to use their free or premium themes.
And, if a person on WordPress.com wanted to do the other things that I mentioned, they would have to upgrade their plan.
Where customization is concerned, Blogger surpasses WordPress.com.
By the way, WordPress.org surpasses both Blogger and WordPress.com in the area of customization.
WordPress.com Users Can Rely On The WordPress Reader To Locate Blogs And Topics That They Are Interested In
The majority of the WordPress.com users are quite fond of the WordPress Reader.
And, why is that the case?
Because the WordPress Reader helps users to locate blogs and topics that they are interested in.
A newcomer to WordPress.com has a much better chance of his or her maiden blog post being discovered by the members of the WordPress.com community.
Whereas, a newcomer to Blogger has a high probability of no one coming across their maiden blog post on the same day that it is published.
When I was on Blogger, I relied on the Facebook groups that I was a part of and tweeting regularly on Twitter to get my blog posts noticed.
I am sorry to say that no one is going to know about your blog’s existence on Blogger if it is not heavily promoted on social media.
Those bloggers on Blogger who do not have social media accounts will have to rely on word of mouth or Google’s good graces to acquire their well-needed exposure.
Blogger Needs To Include New Modern-Looking Themes To Their Collection Of Default Themes
Earlier on in this blog post, I mentioned that I uploaded my own theme.
Why did I do such a thing?
I uploaded my own theme because Blogger’s collection of default themes were dated appearance-wise (The majority of them are quite reminiscent of the nineties era).
On a positive note, Blogger added some new themes to their default collection of themes back in 2017 (It is my humble opinion, that Blogger tends to drag their feet in the proverbial sense, where adding new themes are concerned).
If you want your blog to have that modern feel and look, you will have to do one of the following things:
- Make changes to your existing Blogger theme by adding additional CSS codes or HTML codes to it.
- Upload your own theme.
- Purchase a theme of your choice from Etsy or from some other third-party theme provider.
Unfortunately, only a small percentage of the people on Blogger know how to do the things that I mentioned above.
The older folks dislike complications. Therefore, they are mostly the ones who would settle for using Blogger’s default themes.
Those of us on WordPress.com have a large collection of modern-looking themes to choose from (Both free and paid).
I would also like to add, that the bloggers over on WordPress.org can laugh and grin happily because they have greater access to more up-to-date themes — ones that are not only modern-looking but are SEO-friendly.
Blogger’s Editor Is User Friendly
The truth is that almost anyone can use Blogger’s Editor with ease.
Because it has an intuitive layout.
If you can use Microsoft Word, you are capable of using Blogger’s Editor (And, Blogger’s Editor is a hundred times easier to use than Microsoft Word).
Blogger’s Editor is appealing to the type of blogger who adores simplicity.
I do not think that Blogger will be changing their Editor anytime soon (However, that is not a guarantee, that Blogger’s Editor would remain the same. After all, Google’s engineers could upgrade their easy-to-use Editor to something that is equivalent to the Block Editor in the future; thus complicating things for the blogger who wants simplicity).
The WordPress Mobile App Is Light Years Ahead Of Blogger’s Mobile App
It is nice to know that Blogger made the layout of their app more modern and responsive for 2020 (In the past, it was only good for composing the draft-copies of your blog posts).
WordPress always had the advantage in regards to their mobile app due to the fact that it was updated on a regular basis (Some people believe that WordPress went a bit too far when they added the Block Editor functionality to the WordPress mobile app).
You and I both know, that there are those people who use their smartphones to create and publish blog posts (The number of bloggers that use their smartphones for blogging purposes will continue to rise annually).
By the way, you can also install the WordPress mobile app or Blogger’s mobile app (or both of them if you have accounts on WordPress and Blogger) on your tablet computer.
A lot of developers in the area of technology, believe that mobile devices are going to be the dominant devices in the future — the ones that will be used mostly to access the internet; which is the reason why its development is placed at the forefront.
Therefore, the developers of mobile blogging apps will have to bring their A-game.
Do you use a mobile app to publish your blog posts?
Blogger Will Always Have Their Fans
The people who blog on Blogger are mostly the ones that:
- Appreciate simplicity.
- Do not want their user interface to be changed or to be modified on a regular basis.
- Do not care for their blogs to become popular.
The best analogy to describe Blogger is a neighbourhood that is simple, clean and quiet.
Blogger is not a bad blogging platform (A tech-savvy user can do a lot with it).
I would not advise the average blogger on WordPress to abandon their blog and make the switch to Blogger (Unless their main goal is to have things of a blog-related nature simplified).
It would be a nonsensical approach on the blogger’s behalf to jump on the Blogger bandwagon without knowing the manner in which things are done over on Blogger (And, that is the reason why they should do some research — the type of research that would let them know exactly what they are going to get their self into).
To be on the safe side, they can keep their blog on WordPress and create an additional blog on Blogger; that way, they will have no regrets of ever deleting their blog on WordPress if things fail to work out as planned on Blogger.
Another thing to take into consideration is that you would be missing out on the perks of the WordPress Reader if you abandoned WordPress.com.
If you are utterly displeased with the way in which things are carried out on WordPress.com, you can always migrate your blog to WordPress.org, or start a new blog from scratch on WordPress.org (Do keep in mind, that you will have to choose a hosting provider; preferably one that falls within the range of your budget).
To those of you who have already left WordPress.com for Blogger, I hereby wish you all the best in your blogging endeavours.