Considering Moving to WordPress

It sounds sacrilegous right???

I know!!!!

I have loved Blogger from day one but recently, I’ve begun to feel like I’ve outgrown it.

Blogger doesn’t offer a lot of flexibility when it comes to hosting your blog even though they tried by adding pages and nested comments and a bunch of other great features.

What worries me the most is that most Nigerian bloggers are on Blogger and we have such an amazing community here.

I remember when I used to write my blog posts and nobody came to my blog.

I also remember the very first blog post I wrote that got a comment!

My first two commenters ever were NkemUgo and Solomonsydelle.

Sadly they’re not blogging anymore but I miss them so so much!

There are a lot of things I want to do creatively this year and I’ve struggled with fitting that into Blogger’s framework.

WordPress seems to be infinitely more customisable than Blogger and it breaks my heart to leave Blogger because it was and still is my first love.

(Little Known Fact: My first ever main blog was on Diaryland at http://sugabelly.diaryland.com - which I opened when I was ten years old, AND IT STILL EXISTS!!! Then I moved to Xanga at http://sugabelly.xanga.com, then for a while I was on LiveJournal at http://braarchitect.livejournal.com, then I found Blogger and started as http://braarchitect.blogspot.com.

I didn’t like Blogger at first and I found a blogging platform that was ten times better than Blogger and that I loved at first sight.

The original beginning of this blog was at Vox at http://sugabelly.vox.com. If you look at the very oldest posts on this blog from 2007, you’ll see lots of references to my Vox blog.

Sadly, Vox shut down and that was what forced me to finally resettle on Blogger as http://sugabelly.blogspot.com, now known today as http://sugabellyrocks.com )

Ugh, so should I do it?

I am so afraid of getting cut off from you guys and ending up in the WordPress boonies where noone from the Blogger crowd ever comes to visit.

I have a poll up on the right corner of the blog so please let me know what you think!

I’ve had so much fun being here and I found more support and friends (and enemies ^_^ ) on the Internet than I ever thought possible.

Thank you so much everyone.

I’ve been blogging here for almost SEVEN years, isn’t that crazy?!?

It sounds cliche but it’s true.

I might not have made it through those years without you guys.

12 Comments

  • Reply February 23, 2013

    Lara

    I am also considering a move to wordpress, so I understand where you are coming from…Blogger does not offer so much…you sure have come a long way in the blogging world

  • Reply February 23, 2013

    Prism of an Immigrant

    Don’t go. Stay on blogger

  • Reply February 25, 2013

    Adura

    Same here, I have been thinking about moving to WordPress for over two years! I actually opened a WordPress account and started trying out templates but it just didn’t happen then.
    I’m so used to blogger (I used to blog years ago on Blogger before starting my current blog) and although change is needed, it will take some adjusting so I’m still stalling.

    I think you should do it… maybe that’ll motivate me to do so too ;)

  • Reply February 25, 2013

    Debby 'Baro

    What is this movement thing about? I know you are creative and would always want the best, but consider the fact that you’ve been with blogger for this long seven years! Not really doing an advert for them.

  • Reply February 26, 2013

    LohiO

    LOL! I am on wordpress now…same url so I don’t think people notice….Only you know on the back end really…

    http://www.lohiscreations.com

  • Reply March 1, 2013

    Binie O

    WordPress is so scary though but I think it would be better for you on the long run for sure ! Im sticking with Blogger for now .. since Im a junior-blogger lol

  • Reply March 5, 2013

    Ginger

    Sugabelly powered by nsogbu? loool. Gi bu nwa!!

    Have you moved over yet? I noticed the blog looks/feels different. 7yrs is a looong time. Hope I last that long. Its been such a struggle recently…

    • Reply March 5, 2013

      sugabelly

      I have moved!!!!!! Heh heh, the “powered by Nsogbu” is a secret project I’m working on. *wink* :)

  • Reply March 6, 2013

    Marko Saric

    I think it makes sense for you to do that as you say yourself you have outgrown Blogger by now. WordPress does offer you more options and I wouldn’t be too afraid of losing your following – if they like you and your content they will go where you are.

    • Reply March 6, 2013

      sugabelly

      Hi Marko, thanks for the advice! I came to pretty much the same conclusion and made the leap!

  • Reply March 19, 2013

    Sisi Yemmie

    I’m scared my followers won’t come with me to WordPress and WordPress looks hard :( but I love the new look! You’ve been blogging for over 7 years?!?!? Wow!

    • Reply March 19, 2013

      sugabelly

      Adura had the same question about moving and retaining followers/readers. I gave her a link that explained step by step how to make the move and not lose your followers. It’s on my “Hello WordPress” post. Just check the comments.

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