Saturday, April 7, 2012

Goodbye Blogger

Please, don't cry. There, there.

Dear followers of my blog,

I've switched to WordPress. It's not even with a heavy heart that I tell you this.

There are a number of different reasons for making the switch. I guess the main one is that I like the look and feel and editor for WordPress a lot better. I also have more control over the interface, my own domain-name, better visibility, etc.

Furthermore, I'm finally growing a little wary of the Google. It's taken me longer than some others to have these faint stirrings of unease, but, well, I have them now. This piece provides a short list of reasons for WordPress's superiority over Blogger. I have to say, this one is probably what swung the linchpin for me:

4. Blogger can shut down your blog on a whim. I personally have witnessed at least three bloggers get their blogs shut down because Blogger marked them as a spam blog. It was a painful and long process for their blogs to be restored.

Hmmm. I don't like that. Bess Weatherby says that WordPress is "the dark side of blogging"; she's been doing this for longer than I have, and she's got a jillion followers, so her cautioning should not be taken lightly. But it also comes from a person whose blog would likely never be flagged as a spam blog by the Google to a person whose blog...well...whose blog is this blog. Heh. As an aside, I highly encourage you to follow her blog. See, I'm not in full-fledged tinfoil hat conspiracy-theorist panic-mode about all things Google. I mean, I have friends who are. But I'm not quite there. So you can safely follow Bess's blog. No one will kill you...

OK. Someone might kill you. I have no idea. But it doesn't seem likely that someone from Google will kill you in connection with your subscription to Bess's blog.

But I digress.

WordPress is more secure and its interface is trimmer. And at any rate, it's where I'm going. I would love it if you continued to follow my work over at the new site: There is an option for email subscription right at the top. For those of you who prefer RSS, there's an option for that, too.

I have no plans to delete this blog, so...don't worry?

I didn't think anyone was worrying. I just wanted to say that.





  1. I have to admit...being called spam and being shut down is scary. So, I maybe might have backed up all of my posts somewhere else, for just in case, but I'll probably still take my chances with Google. I'm glad you'll still blog even if it's on Wordpress.

  2. More secure, more control, preferable editor. Who would stay put? Your loyal followers will follow loyally. See you on the green-blue side.