Sometime in 2013, I got the idea that I wanted to be a professional blogger. Yes. Me.
So to kick start this big dream of mine, I decided to create a blog using the WordPress platform because most professional bloggers I know created theirs on WordPress. I thought having a WordPress blog of my own would be impressive. I even have my own personalized domain name. (Reminder to self: cancel domain name!)
I don’t know what I was thinking really. Becoming a professional blogger is hard work. Like really hard work.
#1 Your blog content has to be good. Good enough so that readers are engaged and learn something new that would benefit them. In order to come across as a specialist in the field you blog about, you really have to spend a lot of time researching so that your content is unique and educational.
#2 You have to be consistent with updating your blog and aggressively promote your blog.
#3 You have to maintain your blogs appearance to keep it updated and mannnnn WordPress can be tough if you hate dealing with technical details like I do.
I, obviously, did not have the patience nor the time to keep up with my WordPress blog. Trying to become a professional blogger took the fun out of blogging for me. Suddenly I felt under pressure preparing my blog content because I needed to showcased what I specialized in. I started writing in a different voice and it didn’t feel like the writing was mine. Anyway I digress, sorry. I tend to do that a lot now.
It was during this time that I fiddled with WordPress. Whilst WordPress has its plus points I really didn’t want to spend too much time trying to understand how to use the platform to make my blog better. And trust me, if you are new with WordPress you need to spend A LOT OF TIME trying to understand the platform and how it works.
I realize from this experience that I love blogging for fun not to showcase my professional knowledge. I love writing and sharing my personal thoughts online and not my professional experience. I blog also because I wanted to connect with people who share the same interest I do. More importantly, I didn’t want to be bogged down with technicalities of how I can use the many plugins available to improve my blog. And since I now realize that I hate dealing with blogging technicalities, Blogger is a better platform because its easy to manage and it suits my objective.
Blogger to me is:
# Really easy to set up.
# Easy to customize. There are more blogger templates available out there that is free and/or cheaper than a WordPress template. Though I have to admit WordPress templates are much nicer.
# The Blogger dashboard is easier to manoeuvre (but this could be because I’m used to Blogger having been on it since 2013)
As much as I love Blogger there is one thing I’ll miss from WordPress and that is the ability to share post to more social media sites. Since I only recently came back to Blogger I can see some updated features but not many. I noticed that I can now automatically share blog posts on Google+ but not any other social media sites. Or is there an updated sharing option on the Blogger dashboard that I haven’t noticed yet?
Anyway, I’m happy with blogger for now. I can write as and when I please. If anyone reads this blog, great! If no one reads it, no problem! I can write whatever I feel like writing with no pressure. More importantly, I can maintain the blog without worrying to update this plugin or that plugin to keep it updated. Bliss.
For making my life easier, thank you Blogger! I absolutely love you!