10 Things I’ve Learned About Moving to WordPress

  1. Life would have been a lot more simple if I would have started out on WordPress instead of Blogger. Although, truth be told, there’s a possibility little ol’ me would have given up before I ever started because at one point even Blogger confused me.
  2. Meeting bloggers through Blogger was fun. Meeting bloggers through WordPress makes me feel like a little girl trying to fit in with the big kids. It’s kinda like I’m a tiny-tot reaching up and tugging at the hem of more established WordPress blogger’s shirts, saying “Look, I’m here! Come play with me!”
  3. I don’t know as much about blogging as I thought I did. Yes, I have been blogging for four and a half years. Yes, I have published over 1,200 posts. And yes, I suddenly feel inexperienced and like I have a huge learning curve beckoning to me.
  4. Resources like my WordPress for Dummies book, Pinterest, and other blogs are going to be referenced a lot in the near future. Like, a whole lot of lot.

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  5. Although I didn’t feel 100% ready, it’s a good thing I made the leap, because there’s no way I would have ever felt completely okay with moving over. I actually tried about three years ago after a writing conference, and I literally felt like I was losing a friend and eventually gave up.
  6. WordPress feels a lot more professional than Blogger. I feel like I should have shoes and socks on as I type this. And possibly be sitting in a board room. And probably not have my rat and rabbit behind me keeping me company?
  7. My stats dropped way down, and that doesn’t feel good. Not only is it nice having a lot of people read Noveltea, but I feel quite sad about the people who haven’t joined us at my new site.
  8. It sometimes takes faith and perseverance to follow the advice of others. I’ve heard so many times, by professionals and non-professionals alike, that as an author I should move to WordPress. Logically they make sense. Logic doesn’t necessarily make something easy though.
  9. Looking forward to the future helps keep me going. Lord willing it won’t be too long until I’ve figured WordPress out. Hopefully one day in the near future I’ll know how to do things like leave the correct amount of space, change the commenting settings (or even find them, for that matter), and post pictures the way they’re supposed to be.
  10. There’s no reason to panic. At least that’s what they tell me. Thankfully nothing has to be perfect on the first try. It’s not a matter of life and death, or even of putting food on the table. So, I can relax and learn as I go. I’m even allowed to have fun with figuring everything out. And guess what? Despite everything, I have been having fun.

In all reality I’m not discouraged or stressed, BUT, it hasn’t been easy, either. (Haha. Like, that’s an understatement. Just ask anyone who’s helped me….) I’m just gonna drink coffee though (yes, it is decaf, but shhh!) and keep on blogging.

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The purpose of this post is for:

a) Those of you who have no clue what it’s like to be formatting challenged

b) Anyone who wants to get a peek behind the scenes in case you’ve seen anything crazy going on here

c) Blogger bloggers who are thinking of moving to WordPress

I’m totally not saying that it isn’t worth it, because I do think it is. It’s just not a walk in the park with daisy on one side of the path and cotton candy on the other. It’s more like a walk through the swamp with leeches on one side of the path and fire breathing dragons on the other. (I exaggerate very slightly for added effect.)

And on that happy note, make sure y’all enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway here (you can enter each day) and pass the word along!

What about you? Have you ever moved from one platform to another? How did it go for you? If you’re a WordPress blogger, what’s the best advice you could give me?

18 thoughts on “10 Things I’ve Learned About Moving to WordPress

  1. martinmcrostie says:

    Well now I have just left face book because of there crazy censorship rules and at the same time decided to rebuild one of my main websites using WordPress as its cms. So a bit of a learning curve for me too.

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  2. Cait @ Paper Fury says:

    Congrats on making the WordPress move!! 🎉 I was pretty overwhelmed at first and tears may or may not have been shed.😂 But ultimately I think WordPress isn’t that hard to figure out and it’s pretty logical AAAAND it does feel more professional which is endlessly fun. Although, I mean, I say “professional” and here I am generally typing posts while sitting on the floor surrounded by dog toys that my puppy insists I multitask and throw for him. But whatever. Professional is a relative term.😂
    Anyway, the new site looks beautiful!! And I hope you get the hang of it all soon. 🙂

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    • Lydia says:

      Aww, thank you, Cait! It is good to hear that I’m not alone! Yay! And yeah, I know that kind of “professional” work. 🙂 It’s amazing what people imagine sometimes compared to reality. (Like, I didn’t mention that under my desk I have a whole crate full of stuffed animals to keep me company, too.)
      It’s good to know WordPress is logical. So far, I think WordPress and I have different ideas of what logic actually is, but eventually we’ll probably agree. 😉

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  3. Esther Filbrun says:

    Well, I feel ya. And I know I’m one of those dropped stats, even though I didn’t come to the Blogger site for a while. I was signed up for emails, so when they stopped coming through I decided you must just be taking a break. Didn’t think, until last evening, to check to see if you’d switched the site over! And yay–there are new posts to read! So now I’m playing catch-up and once again signed up to get email updates. 🙂 Keep up the good work and I hope you’ll get everything sorted soon!

    Blessings,
    Esther
    http://learningresourcedirectory.com

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    • aidylewoh says:

      Welcome back! Thank you for signing up for email updates. I’m glad you’re back in Noveltea’s blogging sphere again, I enjoy getting your comments. =) I hope this December is a really great one for you!

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