Most bloggers, from what I understand, move their Blogger blog to
Wordpress.org and never have a problem. Well, maybe a few. But that was
not the case for me.
A year ago I moved to WP. I loved
the format. But there seemed to be inherent problems from day one, that
got increasingly mysterious. I had consultants go in and take a look, and they shook
their heads and said: “I simply don’t know.”
the last three months, I have spent most of my time on this computer
trying to figure out what the problem is. Trying to fix it. With every
post, it seemed to just get worse. I changed themes, which meant more
money out of my pocket I really couldn’t afford. Nothing worked.
photos would move over and be sitting on top of borders. Words would
suddenly change font colors to a barely readable light blue. My photos
would be sitting one on top of the other. And no one could find the problem.
In May, a post posted on both WordPress.org AND Blogger! Now how on earth did that happen?
So finally, about a
week ago, I thought to myself: I’m always after people to take time to
stop and smell the roses. And here I am not taking my own advice.
decided then and there that life had to change. And that meant getting
off this roller coaster of constant uncertainty.
Once I made the decision, though I knew
there would be work in moving back to Blogger, I felt relief. Like a
heavy weight had been removed from my shoulders. I hadn’t realized just
how tense this had made things. How much it affected every part of my
I started the process of pointing my domain feed back to Blogger. Of course it had problem after problem. And finally, they told me my domain feed was lost somewhere in the nooks and crannies at Google, and might never appear again. A domain, Cozy Little House, that I have paid for through 2017. Yeah.
This morning I woke up and paid for a new domain: http://www.acozylittlehouse.com. Hours after talking to Godaddy I checked my domain account, and it said it would not transfer until September 29, 2013. Held up for security purposes for 60 days.
So back I got on the phone, near panic, and asked what the heck was this about. No one had told me this. After I’d emailed people and told them the new domain name, put it on Facebook, had people emailing me saying they kept seeing error messages.
I feel sorry for the young man who talked to me, probably #45 in the different individuals I’ve talked to in the last four days. Because to say I was upset is an understatement.
Your guess is as good as mine at this point. I don’t know if I’m http://acozylittlehouse.blogspot.com or if I’m http://www.acozylittlehouse.com. I’ve paid for it, but I have no idea if I’ll see it between now and sixty days.
Back to the reason I went back to Blogger…
With Blogger, you
feel like a little boat in a little pond. You wave to your friends as
you pass one another. With WordPress, you feel like a little boat in a
vast ocean. Your friends are pinpoints in the far distance. It’s just not the
Sure, there are problems with Blogger.
And I bitched about them constantly before I moved to WP. But here’s the
thing: Once you are a self-hosted blog, as you are with WordPress.org,
then you are paying daily for those problems. If you’re unfortunate enough to have them.
my host let me know that I was at capacity, and I would have to pay
double for my yearly hosting fee and go to a pro status. I paid $230. It
didn’t seem to make a difference. In a few days, I was back up to
I called them and spent hours on the phone trying to
figure it out. They couldn’t come up with an answer. One of them finally
said: “I think you wasted your money on the pro account. We just don’t know what’s wrong.”
I got off the phone, I said to myself: I think you’re wasting your
money period. With themes that end up with broken code you can’t find.
With hosting fees. With having people try to fix the problem, whatever
But it isn’t just the money, it is the peace of
mind. And beyond that, you have to come to the realization that money is
But time, you will never get that back. It is priceless. So I’m
not wasting any more time trying to fix something that seems inherently
So I jumped off the roller coaster. And I’m
back in the little pond where I can see my friends and wave as they pass
me by. I hope now I can actually have time to go read blogs, as it’s
one of my very favorite things to do.
I hope I will have time to do
projects, clean my house, pay attention to my dogs, walk outside and
smell the roses while I photograph them.
I’m simply taking my own advice. I think it’s about time. Don’t you? I just hope I don’t lose too many of you.
I’ve told myself the past four and a half years is just gone. I can’t bring it back. I might someday get segments of those postings. If Google somehow mysteriously spits it back out.
But to just stop mourning what I can’t get back. Because starting over is hard enough.
What I’m going to tell myself from now on is: If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it. You might be jumping into even deeper waters.
For those of you moving to WordPress.org, I wish you luck. I’m sure this couldn’t possibly happen to you. I think that to see all this occur again with someone else would be very rare.
But I’m sticking to the pond.