Is WordPress the future for Catholic bloggers? I don’t follow trends and am not a statistician, scientist or poll taker, but from my own observations it appears to be true.
I am especially noticing this in the wake of what was a complete breakdown of Blogger this weekend. I have read several posts and facebook statuses of people angered by all of the “issues” blogger this weekend. I have read about lost comments, lost posts, login failures and other problems. Yikes!
I used blogger for years and really enjoyed it. I kind of got soured about a year ago when Blogger was beginning to change from its templates format to “designs.” Especially when I found out that people who moved to the new format, were not given an option to move back to their old templates. That and I was annoyed at the way Google had gobbled up Blogger and was exerting more control. So about a year ago, I jumped to WordPress, already home of Danielle Bean and Amy Welborn’s blogs.
Over the last year I have seen Jen Fulwiler move Conversion Diary, Kate Wicker move Momopoly (and rename it Kate Wicker), and most recently Rachel Balducci relocated Testosterhome to WordPress. Shortly before my move Christi moved Our Baker’s Dozen over citing more options to do what she wanted with her blog via WordPress. Christi’s reasoning prompted me to explore what WordPress might allow me to do that Blogger wasn’t. The answer…was plenty. Everything from better site stats to something as simple as strikethrough. So I moved. Shortly after when Simcha Fisher decided to restart her own blog I Have To Sit Down was relaunched on WordPress, not Blogger, it’s previous home.
This weekend and this morning, amidst all the “downtime” for blogger, I saw where Catholic Icing and Elisa Loves are both contemplating moves off of Blogger (not necessarily to WordPress but somewhere else) as a result.
I am not trying to endorse one service over another, just observing a trend. I loved Blogger when I started and had no clue what I was doing. It held my hand and guided me. But once I had my own sure footing, I definitely felt restrained and not having the funds to purchase my own domain name on the service, I wanted something that would give me more options without requiring me to pay. Surely purchasing your own domain name should allow you more than a free service BUT when two different free services have so much discrepancy in what they offer, it makes you wonder. To be sure, Blogger has begun offering more comparable services to what WordPress has on its free accounts, but after the catastrophes witnessed recently, I won’t be moving back any time soon.
So, what about you, what would make you switch blog hosting companies? Did you suffer from Blogger’s recent woes? Have you noticed a lot of people switching in your world? Inquiring minds want to know!