The Wonders of WordPress

It’s been almost a year since I moved my blog from Blogger to WordPress, and today seems like a good day to share my WordPress experience. Not least because yesterday I got my highest number of visitors ever. I rarely look at the statistics to be honest, but I got an email from WordPress.com telling me that my post on Mexican Chess was being promoted on their homepage. I also got a load of comments from new people. So I had a peek. Over a thousand. Woo hoo.

There are lots of reasons to blog. Mine are simple. I blog for me, mostly. I like looking back at old posts sometimes. Quite often I need info on somewhere I’ve been, and I can often find what I need. Or just take a walk down memory lane. I quite like writing as well, which helps. But I have a few narcissistic tendencies too, of course. So extra visitors boost my little author ego. And the comments are always welcome. Voyeurs, stalkers, lingerers and general passersby – this is the post you can finally say hello on.

But anyway, I digress. WordPress. The dot com version, which is the platform I use. I like it. A lot. There’s lots of competition for blog hosting, and I’ve tried plenty of them. My Opera, Blogger, Tumblr, Posterous to name but a few. But WordPress.com is definitely my favourite. In many ways, it can be quite limited, unless you want to start paying for extra features. But I’ve decided I like it that way. With Blogger I continually got carries away with all the millions of things you could add and install to make it sparkle and pop. Which makes it easy to lose focus on the point of the exercise – the content.

With WordPress I chose a clean simple template, put up a simple top banner to stamp my mark on it, and started writing. The machinery behind the blog is simple, clean but very functional too. The widgets are practical. The comment section works well. The stats are informative, if you care to look at them. They tell me I’m gaining visitors month on month quite nicely. The spam controls catch almost everything. I like the Pages. It’s all good, basically. Blogger is fine, but I have to say I much, much prefer WordPress. And its limitations.

8 thoughts on “The Wonders of WordPress

  1. My advice is that if you really want to be able to look back on what you have written, then make a hard copy and keep a file like the old days . The kind of papers we save from our Grandma’s Grandma. I have some old day books from the horse and buggy days that have held up pretty well, will the cyber stuff keep as well?

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    1. I back up my blog regularly, to make sure if WordPress has an ‘accident’ all is not lost! Writin on paper is too much hard work! But I have turned photos and posts into Blurb books before now, and probably will again.

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  2. Congrats Gary! It has to feel good to know that people are reading and care to know what you have to say. I don’t necessarily think that’s a bad thing to enjoy. That’s part of the beauty of being a blogger. You get to “meet” many people…some interesting characters and others that you never hear from again, but all who contribute to your online blogging life. I frequent a good number of blogs and usually there’s either a little bit of wisdom, knowledge or added perspective that I gain from it. Your blog is definitely one of those casually insightful or informative blogs I visit (definitely entertaining for my Mexican-American sensibilities).

    Hope you don’t mind my commenting so much! Have had more free time and access to the internet in the last few months and this has helped pass the time ūüôā

    Will you quit blogging once you return to the motherland? Personally, I’d LOVE to hear Paola’s side of the story when you two move. The UK..ile? Hmm. The title needs some working on, but it has potential. Do let her know!

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    1. I’ve been thinking about that recently, whether or not I will blog when I return. Maybe. I’m not sure. I started ‘blogging’ of sorts back in 2003 when I first came to Mexico, and updated it when I went travelling to other places. But I never did keep it going when I was in the UK.

      But when I return I may well see my country as a new world ready to be explored and not taken for granted….so maybe!

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  3. Testing, testing…1, 2, 3….

    Speaking about how great WordPress is…did my comment for this post go through? It keeps saying “duplicate comment”, but umm…I don’t see it anywhere. Hmmm.

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    1. For some reason your first post needed to be rescued from the Spam box. I don’t know why. It just happens to you, and this isn’t the first time. Fear not, I do check my Spam box, and will approve any of your comments that accidentally get sent that way!

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    1. I’m genuinely surprised to hear you say that se√Īor. For me the single biggest weakness of Blogger is the commenting system, both as commenter and recipient. It looks horrible, has an awful selection of pop ups, has no threading, and worst of all is hopelessly unreliable. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve tried to send a comment to a Blogger blog (including yours before now!) and failed, both on my home PC and others. In fact I won’t even try to send a comment to any new blogs I stumble across if they are on Blogger purely because of the awful commenting system.

      But to see it from your point of view, I’ve opened my blog in another browser so I get the user experience. Name, email, options for further notifications, options to reply to a specific post….all seems clean and clear to me. Now for the moment of truth. The send button. If you can read this, then that worked fine as well….

      Gary

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