So I’ve finally bitten the bullet and moved.
Blogger was my “home” for several years and I’ve maximized all the free features that it has to offer. I went through 3 blogs there.
It wasn’t easy, moving to this new crib as WP isn’t really as user-friendly as Blogger is. Navigating WP’s dashboard had me sitting on my butt for more than 5 hours yesterday. Some moments I was in agony, wanting to pull out my hair, chew on my nails. All throughout, I was questioning the decision to move blogs. I mean, why am I even torturing myself to learn WP when I already have the easy-as-1-2-3 Blogger?
I admit, Blogger spoiled me. I can dig through the complicated world of my template’s HTML and tweak it to my heart’s content. Although I’m not an HTML geek, there are lots of tutorials online that I can follow if I want my sidebar to be a little wider, my header a little bigger, or put an array of widgets on my footer.
Plus I can change the fonts whenever I want to whatever I want, depending on what tickles my fancy at the moment.
WP doesn’t do that, at least for rent-free wordpress.com (the domain-hosted wordpress.org version offers HTML tweaking and more but it comes with a price). The free themes are limited, and you cannot access its HTML. You cannot change its fonts. If you are on the .com platform, like I am, you are limited only to the settings already in place by the theme that you choose.
If you want the ability to change fonts – and increase or decrease its size – and add CSS customizations – you have to buy an upgrade. But even with that, you are limited only to using 3 fonts (for the site/header name, post title, and body text). The list of fonts offered by TypeKit for this upgrade is also limited. You’ll need to get another paid subscription in order to access all of TypeKit’s fonts.
WP is, frankly, a snob. So why in the world did I move here?
I moved here to cut an addiction. With Blogger, I was constantly itching to tweak and tweak endlessly because the ability to customize is just there for the taking. Being fickle-minded, I found myself fretting needlessly over how my blog looked, liking it today and then hating it the next day. Instead of focusing on writing new posts, I was perpetually redecorating, hacking through my template until I was so sick of it and too drained to write a post.
I was like an addict, trying to satisfy my incessant-need-to-tweak-my-blog-template and yet never really being satisfied.
So I made the jump to WP to cut the addiction that was preventing me from blogging. With WP’s restrictions, I can hopefully, finally, just write. I guess you can call this a rehab for me. Plus, I heard that it’s here at WP where the coolest bloggers and writers are. *wink*
Welcome to Chellelandia at WordPress!