Recently a longtime blogging colleague and reader of mine left me an interesting comment about making the great WordPress switch.
Back in 2018, I told you about what led me to make the WordPress switch. If you’ve read this blog for a while, you already know that it began on America Online’s internal blogging platform, AOL Journals. There was a small, close-knit group of bloggers there. But AOL’s editors caused a lot of drama about censorship and many of us left that platform for Blogger.
Blogger wasn’t a bad platform. It still isn’t a bad platform.
But I felt the desire to move to WordPress. It intimidated me for years. I felt Blogger would be a better place to continue learning the basics of blogging.
But back in March 2007, three years after I launched Patrick’s Place, I bought my own domain and officially made that jump to WordPress.
I haven’t regretted it. To this day, I give people what I consider an important piece of advice: wherever you begin blogging, make sure you eventually end up on WordPress.
But there’s another piece of blogging advice I sometimes offer.
You may have seen the acronym YMMV. I’ll come back to that in a minute.
A couple of weeks ago, I marked the 17th anniversary of this blog. A longtime reader and blogging colleague named Chuck Boyd was kind enough to comment on that post. He even said my blog served as inspiration for him to start his own, something I feel very flattered to read. You’re too kind, Chuck!
My pal Chuck is a retired photographer who started as a combat photographer for the Marines, then went on to work for a San Diego newspaper. He knows his photography better than I ever will!
Chuck explained his dilemma in a comment to the above post. I’ll quote the part relevant to this post here:
I stuck with Blogspot.com not only out of loyalty but because ALL of my postings are easily found on its site and I can revisit and share these past entries, pulling them up by topics.
My other underlying fear was having all that 15-years of work suddenly disappearing through an online glitch or by me hitting the wrong keys!
I get it.
When I switched to WordPress, I had only about three years of blog posts — and I didn’t post as often then as I do now.
Trying to move 15+ years over would have scared the hell out of me, too!
I highly recommend WordPress because I do think it’s the best blogging platform. You can find so many resources for just about anything you’d ever want to do with your site. WordPress does make it easy to migrate blogs from services like Blogger.
But still, you’d be crazy not to worry about 15 years worth of content.
It stands for “Your mileage may vary.” It came from old car commercial disclaimers. Back then, it literally referred to gas mileage. These days, it simply means that my experience may be different than yours.
I really like WordPress. I really do believe it’s the best platform out there.
But if you’re happy where you are and you don’t want to change platforms, then don’t.
You have to decide for yourself the pros and cons of moving. The biggest con I see with a platform like Blogger is that you’re at the mercy of someone else’s terms of service. If you violate their rules, they could go in and take down some part of your content.
With self-hosted WordPress, you control all of that.
But you still have to get your content there for that to work. And that takes us back to the 15-year argument and how stressful that might be.
Because your mileage may vary, you might want to think long and hard about making that grand WordPress switch. You may well decide that switch is not for you.
If you weigh those options and come to that decision, I wouldn’t presume to fault you.
Chuck, I’m glad you’re still going strong, no matter what platform you’re on! Here’s to another 15 years, sir!