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Why Do People Leave WordPress For Blogger?

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Yes, people have left WordPress for Blogger.

And, why would someone on WordPress choose to blog over on Blogger?

Truthfully, it all depends on the individual (They may have their special reason for wanting to blog on Blogger).

Without further ado, it is time for you and I to explore those reasons together.

They Hate The Block Editor

The truth is that not everyone likes the Block Editor.

When WordPress announced that the Block Editor was going to replace the TinyMCE Editor, many WordPress bloggers began publishing articles about their hatred for the Block Editor (It was new and it required learning an entirely new way of creating blog posts).

WordPress users were left with three choices:

  1. Use the Block Editor (Which a lot of people on WordPress were avoiding at the time).
  2. Use the Classic Block on the Block Editor (Which was supposed to mimic the way in which the TinyMCE Editor worked).
  3. Use the Classic Editor plugin (Which was only available on WordPress.com’s highest paid plan).

So, what did the bloggers on WordPress do?

Most of the people who were on the free WordPress plan reluctantly went along with the idea of using the Block Editor (They forced themselves to get with the program).

A portion of the WordPress bloggers tried out the Classic Block feature on the Block Editor with the hopes of acquiring the familiar feel of the TinyMCE Editor (But the truth is that the Classic Block is nowhere efficient as the TinyMCE Editor; thus leaving many of them frustrated).

Those who were extremely desperate upgraded their WordPress package to the highest tier (It allowed them to use the Classic Editor plugin instead of the Block Editor).

Then there were those who thought to themselves, “WordPress has lost its mind. There is no way that I am going to use the Block Editor and I am not going to pay all of that money to upgrade my plan in order for me to use the Classic Editor plugin,” and migrated to Blogger.

Blogger’s Editor Is Simple To Use

Blogger’s Editor is so easy to use, that if you asked your grandmother to use it, she would be able to type a blog post in it right away.

A lot of people love the simplicity of Blogger’s Editor (For them, that is one of the most attractive things about Blogger).

The truth is that Blogger has not changed much in years.

Whereas, WordPress is always upgrading with every chance it gets.

A Person On Blogger Can Customize Their Blog To Their Heart’s Delight

When I blogged on Blogger, I did not use Blogger’s dated-looking themes for long. I ended up utilizing a professional-looking theme ― one that was pleasing to the eye (Users are allowed to upload third-party themes on Blogger).

One can even go a step further by altering the look of their blog for the better by utilizing HTML and CSS codes.

And, at the time, I did not use Blogger’s default commenting system; I used Disqus.

My blog was surely unique-looking.

By the way, if you have your own domain, you could even use it with Blogger (Integrate with Blogger, teaches one how to integrate their domain with Blogger; so you are not forced into using a subdomain).

They Grew Tired Of The Technical Glitches On WordPress

If you have been blogging on WordPress for a while, you would have experienced some of the technical glitched; they ranged from:

  • The disappearance of the Reblog button on one’s blog.
  • Being unable to sign into WordPress via its mobile app.
  • Comments disappearing from your comments thread.
  • Followers showing up as being unfollowed when you visited their blog.
  • People who commented on your blog posts being displayed as “Anonymous”.
  • Problems with the Block Editor.
  • Posts not showing up in the WordPress.com Reader.
  • Users not being able to comment on the blogs of others.
  • Users not being able to press the Like button on other people’s blogs.

At times, WordPress is like an online glitch factory (Especially when the Happiness Engineers are performing upgrades).

In all honesty, I cannot remember experiencing a technical glitch when I was over on Blogger (And, that may have a lot to do with Blogger not changing things on a regular basis).

The Bottom Line

Blogger is less stressful than WordPress.

Also, people who want a simple blog Editor will be quite content with the one that Blogger provides.

People who love to customize their themes to the fullest can do it via the usage of HTML and CSS codes.

They even have the option of uploading third-party themes if they are not pleased with the ones that Blogger provides (That is something that WordPress.com does not allow their users to do).

And, Blogger does not experience a large number of technical glitches like WordPress.

So, now you have an understanding of why some people chose to leave WordPress behind and blog over on Blogger.

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99 thoughts on “Why Do People Leave WordPress For Blogger?

    1. πŸ™‚ Since you write blog posts on your phone, I would recommend staying with WordPress.

      Why?

      Because the Blogger mobile app is horrible; it is not as advanced as the WordPress mobile app.

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    2. As a blogger who went back to Blogger after years being in WordPress because I could not get on with Block Editor, I find I can blog from my phone on Blogger. I use my browser. I have never used apos wherever I have blogged and for years I have had to blog from my phone due to having a limited amount of internet. So I had to get used to it. But I have had no issues at all blogging from my phone on Blogger.
      The only time I have used my laptop was to set up my blog to see layout that way and have my blog how I wanted it. But posting has mostly been by phone as I have done for some years now.

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  1. Thanks, Renard, I am behind with this being my first-time hearing of “Blogger”.” I have been experiencing on WordPress “Followers showing up as being unfollowed when you visited their blog and People who commented on my blog posts being displayed as β€œAnonymous and sometimes I show up as Anonymous. I will check out Blogger. Great information.

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  2. Wow, I love the comments in this thread, Renard. I began my blogging journey on Blogger years ago, yet it seems that I could never go back to this platform because of what the parent company has become. I have looked at other platforms yet none have met my expectations for a proper blogging platform.

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    1. πŸ€” Blogger has the better storage space; 15 GB.

      I understand your reason for not wanting to rejoin Blogger.

      And, yes, Google has done some very questionable things.

      Thank you for participating in the discussion.

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  3. I started blogging on Blogger and loved it to bits, but I decided to use WordPress since it looks more professional and is more customizable. I had no idea one could customize the Blogger theme, by the way!

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    1. πŸ€” Yes, Shahbaz. The trade-off is huge.

      For starters, it is difficult to come by bloggers of similar interests.

      Whereas, on WordPress, it is easy to find other like-minded bloggers via the WordPress.com Reader.

      Also, it takes way longer on Blogger to get your blog noticed.

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    1. πŸ™‚ It takes longer to get noticed on Blogger than on WordPress.

      A person on Blogger would need to promote their blog posts on social media and hope for the good graces of Google to rank their content.

      Yes, Blogger is boring.

      On a positive note, Blogger is very easy to use.

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  4. I started on Blogger back in the mid-2000’s and cannot imagine going back to it. I took a detour into Typepad before I landed on WP. Do people leave WP for Typepad, too? WP has its faults, as I often point out, but at least the free templates are pretty!

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          1. You could start one there and on Blogger, see how those systems work from the inside, and then report back here. I bet that’d make for a great compare and contrast post. We assume that WP is great, but maybe it really isn’t…?

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            1. πŸ€” One blog, on the whole, is a handful.

              I am not going back to Blogger and I have no intention of blogging on Typepad.

              I blog solely on WordPress and I intend on keeping it that way.

              Thank you for the suggestion.

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  5. Interesting. I started with Blogger many years ago and then moved to WordPress to make my blog a little bit β€œprofessional”. However it took some time to learn the block editor. I wasn’t a fan. Now, it’s okay although I do notice glitches at times which are annoying but not as annoying as malicious spam attacks. They are annoying me no end.

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    1. πŸ€” That is most interesting, LaShelle.

      Blogger, in my opinion, is ridiculously simple to use (It is way easier to use than WordPress).

      I will agree that Blogger feels a bit ancient.

      I love WordPress because it is modern, feature-rich and it has a wonderful community.

      Thank you for sharing your perspective.

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      1. It’s more glitchy and it’s far less flashy and polished. The app is horrible, and there doesn’t seem to be nearly as many connections on there.

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        1. πŸ™‚ The Blogger app is horrible.

          However, Blogger on the web is not glitchy.

          While WordPress may have a superior mobile app and a wonderful community, WordPress is still buggy as hell.

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          1. It is but at least it’s polished! For me, using my phone and laptop to post scheduled posts is soooo important because I don’t have wifi at home 😬

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  6. Interesting post Renard….I remember back in 2012 tryin to use Bloer & it made me crazy! I joined WP.
    I can actually use the Classic Block feature & I find it works pretty well mimicking the original Classic Editor.
    I am content to stay here as long as I can access Classic Block! πŸ˜‰
    Sherri-Ellen & **purrss** BellaDharma

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          1. πŸ€·πŸ½β€β™‚οΈ Truly that is a very good question, Sherri-Ellen.

            My educated guess is that WordPress wanted to update the look of the WordPress.com Reader.

            You can always ask a Happiness Engineer (They should know the reason why).

            What I do know for a fact is that WordPress is always changing things (And, judging from their track record, they may even change the look of the dashboard).

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  7. I first start blogging on ‘blogger’ but i didn’t like it as I didn’t get any engagement on my blog posts. When I heard about WordPress and start blogging here I personally love it bc Here i get more views and follower’s. And people are really nice.

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    1. πŸ™‚ Thank you for letting me know what your experience was like with Blogger.

      And, I am happy to know that you are getting more views and followers on WordPress.

      The majority of the people on WordPress are nice.

      Thank you for reading and commenting!

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    1. πŸ™‚ Blogger is alive and kicking.

      Yes, a lot of people have left Blogger to blog here on WordPress.

      However, there are those who chose to return to Blogger because of their specific reason.

      In my opinion, WordPress has the best community in the blogosphere.

      Thank you for reading and commenting.

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  8. I used to blog on blogger and found it very easy to use. I was able to use my own custom domain, as well as my iwn theme, plus, I found it much easier to grow an audience using blogger.

    I switched to WordPress because I was told by many that it was more professional looking and would gather an even bigger audience easier. So far, u have not found this to be true. My posts rarely get any views, and the constant glitches here on WordPress are a nightmare. At times, it can take me hours just to type out a post on here purely because of the constant glitching. It can be extremely frustrating and very off-putting.
    The screen constantly jumps back and foward when typing, then the block dissapears for a few seconds, or doesn’t show all of my text. I didn’t experience any of these issues over on blogger.

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    1. πŸ™‚ Yes, Blogger is way easier to use than WordPress.

      Using your own domain on Blogger was probably way cheaper than what a lot of people pay for here on WordPress.

      A lot of people wrongfully believe that they have to use Blogger’s default themes.

      When I was on Blogger, I learned quite early that I could use my own theme (And, I loved that about Blogger).

      In regards to viewership and an audience, it took me approximately over two years before I could see any real progress on Blogger. But, when my blog on Blogger finally took off, the amount of incoming views that I received was impressive.

      On WordPress, I did not have to wait that long; recognition was almost instantaneous.

      Therefore, I am surprised that you did not gain an audience with less effort on WordPress.

      The Block Editor can be a sharp pain in the buttocks for some people (It can be glitchy at times).

      By the way, are you using the Block Editor on a computer?

      Or, are you using the Block Editor via the WordPress Mobile App?

      And, not once have I experienced any technical issue with Blogger’s Editor.

      Thank you for participating in the discussion.

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      1. Thanks for the reply.

        Granted, I have only been blogging here on WordPress for just under 3 months, therefore I’m still trying to build a viewership, but to say it has been slow is an understatement.

        I have posted consistently 3 times per week, using keywords and posting what I hope is quality content, yet I am getting barely any views at all, despite using social media to help boost my views and promote my blog.

        I am using the Block Editor on the WordPress app.

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        1. πŸ€” You are welcome, Taylor (I always make it a priority of mine to respond to comments).

          Three months is relatively young for a blog. However, you should have been receiving a fairly good amount of views by now.

          To be fair, success in the area of blogging, will, of course, vary from blogger to blogger.

          At the moment of writing this, the latest stable version of the Mobile WordPress App is 20.8. I recommend checking to see if you are using the current stable version (Sometimes it does not always update automatically in the background).

          If you are on the current version of the WordPress Mobile App and you are still having trouble, clear the cache.

          If you are still having technical issues with the WordPress Mobile App, I recommend uninstalling and reinstalling it.

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  9. I first started on Blogger long ago. And as you know, I just left WordPress and returned to Blogger!

    Like you said, because it’s so simple; all I need to blog. I also love the old-school nostalgic look to it. The widgets are quite nice as well. Customization options are nice. And though I didn’t hate the block editor on WP, I prefer the simple WYSIWYG editor on Blogger.

    Plus, I had already quit using the WP iPhone app; I don’t need one. That said, I have blogged on Blogger via the Safari mobile browser and it worked well.

    To me, the biggest drawback on Blogger is its lack of community like on WP. But since I blogged on WP for about 5 years, I still use the Reader and have some community. Some of my readers have also followed me to Blogger, for which I’m grateful.

    Take care!

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    1. πŸ™‚ The option of accessing Blogger via your smartphone’s web browser was always there.

      I would admit that the Blogger App is awful and that the WordPress Mobile App is light years ahead.

      Thank you for participating in the discussion.

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  10. I prefer to use Markdown instead of Block Editor, it’s more effectively for me to write blogs.

    So it doesn’t master for me where I blog. But the old habits die hard, and it’s challenging to migrate my blog.

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