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.