Confessions of an Addict 23

The Adventures of a Clueless Blogger.

It only took one day for me to deliberate on whether or not I should take the plunge. The factors that initially put the fear of migration weren’t even in the forefront once I set the wheels in motion. What I thought was going to be a rigorous process of moving from Blogger to WordPress wasn’t really all that hard. With a simple query on Google, you literally have the answers right in your hand. That was simple enough. That’s what I thought at first, at least. Well, let me tell you, it’s not.

I stalked Forever 17’s blog, because I knew Sara had recently done a switch. I needed some help; there were a lot things that I really didn’t know how to do. There were widgets upon widgets and buttons that I didn’t know how to make. I also wanted to amalgamate all the reviews I’ve posted in the last 2.5 years. What I initially thought was a relatively stress free migration was really not. First of all, I had no clue that creating a FREE WordPress blog pretty much wasted the money I spent on Go Daddy. Second of all, by using the free WordPress platform, there are things that I may not be able to do, like making any changes to my chosen THEME. In any case, all that is superficial. I’m sure there are other things that are limited to anyone using the free platform. So I recruited the help of Ashley from Creative Whim. I drove her nuts, but she’s been real patient with me.

Initially, I decided to go with what’s called, WordPress Hosting. Where I would pay a monthly fee for security, backup, and thousands of themes and plugins. This would also mean that I can pay someone to create a theme specific to what I want. After a few tries, I wasn’t happy. The design that I was initially in love with didn’t agree with me after a few days. And honestly, I’ve already created a free site that I thought was more, me. So then, I went back to Ashley with many regrets and told her I will not be going that way. She was pretty surprised. I think it was the first time someone has gone back asswards on her. I feel guilty. She spent hours and hours of time trying to get me to where I’d feel at home with the new site, but it was just not working out. I needed to be happy with my new home though. Needless to say, all that time, money and effort wasted because I could not make up my mind.

For the last few days, I’ve lived and breathed WordPress; trying to acclimate myself on the ins and outs of this site has been an eye opener of sorts. Once I figured out how to create a post, I was off to the races. If I were a little intimidated before, some research erased all my fears. To be honest, it’s much more user-friendly. Images are easy to upload, and the justifications are just as easy to figure out. And honestly, I’m a huge fan of the minimalist look; I feel I’ve achieved that on the design.

A couple of nights ago, I deleted my blog on Blogger without redirecting visitors to my new site. Dumb. Good thing I’m able to undelete within the 90-day period. On top of that, I signed up for a hop that ends tomorrow. Meaning, whoever bookmarked that giveaway would not be able to find me. It was a clusterf**k of epic proportions. It’s just been a stressful week.

I still have ways to go; I’m still working on moving my reviews into one archive. Had I stayed with the paid WordPress subscription, I’d been able to take advantage of a certain Plugin that will enable me to copy all these reviews into one page. But since I didn’t…I’ll have to suck it up.

I have spent so much sleepless nights and money trying to get this going. If this is something that you’re thinking of doing, do your due diligence and research. Don’t be like me. Don’t be wishy-washy. This is something you can’t afford to do.

I’d like to thank my family for putting up with my foul mood for the last week.

I’d like to thank Ashley of Creative Whim for everything she’s done for me.

And to you all, for sticking around.

  • It sounds like you’ve been through a lot! But your blog is still amazing, nevertheless! 😀
    xoxo

  • Pabkins

    So wait you don’t use the paid wordpress hosting? I recently had moved my stuff over to self hosted wordpress and I’m loving it. So I was able to upload/import all of my posts – there is a down side to some of that but overall its working marvelously.

    I’m glad you decided to make the plunge. Sometimes like you said the minimalist look is the way to go. Ashley is fabulous!

  • I had tried a free wordpress site to get familiar and HATED it. When I moved from blogger I went to self-hosted and it’s SO much better, so I guess I don’t really understand. But we all have our quirks, so I guess I shall allow you yours. 😉
    I hired someone to do my move and it was super easy and I didn’t lose anything. I can’t even imagine trying to do it myself. I’m really liking being on wordpress now though.

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  • Christy

    Whoa! I was not expecting this. It looks sleek. That sucks that you’ve had a rough time with it though. When I switched, I had someone move me. Went from Blogger to self-hosted and had it redirect. I’m no super wiz, but I can try to help if you have questions.

    • I know right? It’s why I wanted to switch to WordPress because their designs are exactly what I want. i’m going to have to take you up on your offer one of these days.

      Thanks, Christy. <3

  • Alise (Readers in Wonderland)

    Yup, stressful is definitely the right word. My experience wasn’t this though so you are amazing for sticking with it! I had someone do everything for me and I still managed to eff a few things up beyond proportion, ha. I think no matter what anyone does nothing goes perfectly and that’s just life. Hope you settle in! And I know no matter where you are at I’ll be following!

    • I wish I’d just left it with the professionals. I just couldn’t resist. And thank you, Alise. You are the sweetest. 🙂

  • Oh nooo, I’m so sorry to hear about all the difficulties you face with the change Joy! I’ve heard the move from Blogger to WordPress is long and hard, which sucks because in this day and age, it should be A LOT easier. When I switched from free wordpress, I went and researched on the best hosting available. I’m currently using Dreamhost, and have not had any problems so far. I hope you resolve all the issues soon, let me know if you need any help! xx

    • Thanks, Joy. I think I’ve kind of screwed myself here, to be honest. I was given the choice to use the hosting and I opted for the free one. What the heck was I thinking?! I’ll see how this goes. I know I can always switch back.

  • Oh, Joy. I totally feel you. When I first started using WordPress in 2001, it felt so daunting, but I find that it will always be my home. I’ve tried Blogger, but I never liked the interface. I’ve since maintained my own hosting since then to enjoy a self-hosted WordPress blog. And I love all the widgets and plugins that I can use with WordPress. Welcome to the club! I do hope your mood would improve. *hugs*

    BTW, I can host you, if you want. 😉

    • I’m going to have to bug you, Dre. As much as I want to go back to Ashley, she’ll probably wouldn’t want to help me again. I swear, I drove her crazy! And I really do feel bad. I’m just realizing the limitations of using a free platform. I’ll email you tomorrow morning. 🙂

      • I have a few blogs hosted with me, like nicklelove.com and plumpcheeks.com – so I can setup yours in my hosting, and install WordPress for you. And answer some questions here and there. 🙂

  • Arlene & all of us on Waves of Fiction are making the move over to WordPress and it hasn’t been as smooth as we hoped. Arlene is dealing with the major headaches, but I’m getting used to making a post up and I’m getting so frustrated! It’s not as intuitive as blogger that’s for sure. *sigh* The plus side of things is that Blogger can’t just delete your entire blog without warning, which would completely suck! I do like the cleaner look of WordPress. Hope your out of the most difficult parts of the transition, Joy! Hugs for the bad moods! 🙂

    • Thanks, Rachel. I’m like a toddler learning to walk. Sigh. It’s getting better, but I really think I’ve made a bad decision by not going by way of a paid hosting. Gah.

  • Tara

    I’m in the middle of cleaning up after my migration, too, but I’m generally happy with the look of things now. What’s driving me CRAZY is my menu bar. Did you do anything special to yours (like adding the search button?) or is that how it already came in your theme? I might have to spring for a custom header, because I just can’t get mine to do what I want!

    • Hi Tara. The search icon came with the theme I chose. There is a search widget that’s available, I believe. I’m kicking myself for not doing the self-hosted thing. There’s just a multitude of things I’m unable to do with this free platform. Oy. I hope you’ll feel right at home soon. 🙂

  • Oh man, I feel your pain Joy! When I switched from free WordPress to self-hosted, I had a multitude of problems with my site constantly being down and all sorts of frustrating things I don’t care to remember. It’s all about your hosting provider and how much of the migration is automated I think. But I’ve never looked back now! It will totally be worth it Joy.

    • I’m loving it so far, but sooner or later, I’ll probably have to switch yet again. Oy.

  • Wow, sounds like you went through quite a lot during that supposedly easy (or so I’ve heard) migration. But I’m glad you made it 🙂
    Can’t wait to see how you “decorate” your new home!

    • No it wasn’t a picnic in the park, for sure. But that’s probably because I can’t make up my freaking mind. lol.