WordPressing…

Good Morning Friends…hope your weekend was awesome.  I heard some news this week that made me jump for joy! Don’t you love when good news makes you jump for joy?

Baby Pancakes’ birthday celebration is this weekend…and i have to admit…i haven’t done much in the way of planning.   The magic is going to all happen between today and Friday but i know i will make it happen.  It’s going to be blast regardless of how it turns out…that much i know.  My niece and nephew are flying in for the party so that’s exciting too!

This morning i wanted to reflect a little bit on using WordPress.  I am still learning about blogging and posting and social media and everyday my respect for people who understand computer language grows.  There’s a lot of intricacies to blogging and really understanding the process.  Sometimes, i like to think it just about writing and clicking publish….but there is so much more to the process that i have yet to learn.   The good news is that i have a whole lifetime to understand the process of blogging.  In the meantime, i wanted to share my experience since making my official jump to WordPress.  There have been some good and some not so good about  blogging on WordPress.

During my time abroad I actively blogged with WordPress and I hope to keep blogging. (http://joleefrench.wordpress.com/) I also kept family and friends updated with my Facebook and Twitter. @Jolee French

Here are my LIKES:

1) Easy to compose a post–i have been using the default font and i like it. It’s not like blogger where i was constantly switching to figure out how it was going to show up after publishing. Additionally, the layout is pretty easy and makes for easy writing.  I am actually able to compose posts much quicker with WordPress than blogger.

2) Visiting Other Blogs–it’s so easy for me to click on someone’s blog from the comment section and visit.  This function is so convenient that i think i am able to visit more blogs daily than before. Which is great because i love catching up with bloggers.

3) Replying to Comments–i hardly commented when using blogger and now i am constantly replying to readers when they comment.  Which i think continues to build rapport and relationships with readers.  Sometimes, you just want to interact with a reader and the reply function allows me to do this so quickly.

4) The features including linking my posts to twitter/facebook.  I am sure blogger had this function too but i never figured it out.

Here my DISLIKES:

1) Spammers–they are still finding me.  Although i can easily delete them.  It just gets annoying after awhile.

2) Adding Videos–have no idea how to post a video.  Blogger was so easy for me to add a video.  I just haven’t had time to google this but does anyone know how to add video to posts on WordPress?

3) Adding Pictures–this is easy but i had that there isn’t a quick button to size the pictures.  I had having to open up another window.

4) Adding links to the sidebar.  Blogger was so much easier but i have yet to figure out how to do this.

5) There are too many features on my dashboard that i don’t know what it means or what it’s functions are including WP Socializer, Feedbacks, Slider PRO and the Jetpack.  So many things i haven’t had time to learn and read more on.

So there are my likes and dislikes about WordPress.  Overall, i am happy using WordPress and would highly recommend it to someone looking to switch.  There are many things i am still learning but right now, i would give it two thumbs all the way up!

Question of the Day: If you’ve switched from blogger to wordpress, what’s been your experience? And if you haven’t switched, have you thought about it?

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About Mrs. Pancakes

I became Mrs. Pancakes on 4.23.11! I became Mama Pancakes on 8.28.12! And our lives were forever changed! I call myself Mrs. Pancake because my man loves him some good and fluffy pancakes! The Pancake Life chronicles a life that is happy, inspiring, motivating and lived to the fullest! Why don't you stay a while and enjoy in the The Pancake Life!
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20 Responses to WordPressing…

  1. Em K says:

    It was interesting to read your perspective. I am really fed up with blogger and frustrated by so many things I have thought about switching to WordPress. I keep hearing there is so much more freedom to customize your blog on that platform. Please do a follow up post on this topic in a few months I’m willing to bet I’m not the only blogger who’s interested in knowing more about switching platforms.

  2. Splendor says:

    Glad you like WordPress. I had a it a long time ago but didn’t stay on it long enough to really get a feel for it. Is their domain reasonably priced? I agree about the reply feature. I find replying on blogger to be somewhat time consuming since you must log in and find it etc. Is it more instant through email on wordpress?

  3. Tamara says:

    I just switched last week so it’s a little too early to tell. I have NO idea how to change fonts. In fact I really haven’t learned how to do anything myself yet. I’ve been asking my web designer. I guess I need to learn fast! Composing posts is easy enough, luckily.

  4. Allie says:

    I have always used WP and I found the easiest way for me to learn how to do something new (other then bothering my designer!) is to google it and then have your pick of MANY tutorial videos to watch or articles to read. Most of them are laid out in a way that’s easy to understand. Good luck!!

  5. I always think about switching but i freak out soon enough. Been using blogger for so long that switching is quite freaky to me.

  6. I still don’t know why people are switching. I had a wordpress blog in the beginning and it just felt boring. I’ve heard that customization on wordpress is not as easy unless you self host which I don’t plan on doing now if ever. Blogger annoys me sometimes but it’s easy so I’m sticking with it for now. Glad you have enjoyed the switch.

  7. Kita says:

    I am use to wordpress put up a blog for my son on blogger and I was confused as heck I hated it. I have a hubs who knows how to do stuff so I am good on that end but I size my pictures before I put them on wordpress and spam is a beast. I have never put my own videos up I just get something from youtube and embed it but I am sure there is a plugin for that.

  8. Honestly, I’ve only thought about switching to WP once and that was because Blogger had some crazy bug and everybody’s blog disappeared that day. And the thought was more because I was frustrated and afraid all my stuff wouldn’t be able to be restored. However, I’m perfectly happy with Blogger. I’ve heard about some issues people have Blogger, but I don’t have nearly as many. I’m not sure why that is, but I thank God for it.

    I love that Blogger is so easy to use. Google is definitely taking their time to evaluate their competition and gradually introduce new features to make Blogger better. So, I think I’ll hang in here with them for a few years.

  9. Jeanne says:

    I switched to WordPress years ago with another blog and I like it a lot better than Blogger. Spam is really annoying and I was getting so much per day until I installed a plugin called Growmap Anti Spambot a couple weeks ago. Not a single spam since!

  10. Heather says:

    Happy early birthday to Baby Pancakes! I’ve used WordPress in the past and was able to figure most of it out, but that said, I had a tech team that was able to modify things and make sure it all worked for me. For my personal blog, I definitely prefer the simplicity of Blogger.