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?

Thank You

Figuring out how to blog on WordPress has been a stretching experience, and I’m still in the middle of the learning process. Today is a lovely frost-covered November experience that will probably find me curled up with a mug of tea, Christmas music, a candle burning, and the WordPress for Dummies book. (Not even kidding, folks.)

In the meantime, thank you so very much for everyone who has supported me with moving Noveltea over to WordPress and my very own website. *cue happiness* All of your comments, follows, and shares mean a lot. Plus those of you who have emailed back and forth with me and helped me figure it out… wow. Thank you. (Especially Kate who I’ve frantically emailed more than once.) Changing platforms has been something I’ve been working up the courage to do for a couple years now, and having finally made the jump is very good, but still scary.

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Make sure y’all enter the Rafflecopter giveaway (there are ten prizes, including a $25 Amazon gift card), if you feel so inclined. And, of course I would be beyond thrilled if you follow this new blog and share the word. (Like, imagine me doing little happy dances every time I get a new follower.)

As you can imagine a lot of my writing work is currently focused on this site, and other than a minimal amount of writing, I haven’t really done much else on writing this week. Next week I’m hoping to continue working on my blurb and such for When Life Hands You LymesUntil then, have fun exploring Lydiahowe.com and thank you, once again, for stopping by!