That is the big question that I had when I first made the decision to move A Veteran Runnah back to Blogger, just over 10 days ago – How will moving back to Blogger work out?
I knew when I made the decision on March 6th, that I would have some issues, more than likely I would take a couple of months to build readership back up and at best it would be a pain in the butt.
Looking back, there is no doubt that this some of move was definitely a pain in the butt!
So what were the biggest
Changing all of the website links to my new URL – http://vetrunnah.com — RSS Feeds, Facebook, Google+, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google/Bing Webmaster and other websites, forums etc.
Eventually I will have to update my business cards to my new URL, but everything takes time.
Old Blog Posts
Moving my old posts from WordPress to Blogger, can’t be done quickly or easily, since you can’t simply import WordPress posts directly to Blogger. Luckily I had my old original blogger AVR blog and was able to transfer almost 200 posts that way, but the rest of the posts were done manually – in other words, I had to: cut, past, double-check things and publish over 250 post by hand.
Due to the number of posts that I had on WordPress I had almost 900 post there, I decided to just bring forward the non-running log posts and leave my running log entries there on my other blog. As of today I have 493 posts on my Blogger blog. I still want to go through all the posts one more time to spell check, ensure that the photos look right, just double-check everything.
The other thing that was a real pain, is the same thing that originally drove me away from Blogger, getting the theme to work correctly. Having to use free themes and modify them meet my needs is really hard for me, especially since I don’t have any training in HTML or CSS coding. I finally found a theme that is fairly easy to modify, looks pretty good and does what I want. It took a big investment of time to get it to where it is now and there are still some things that I need to improve – so it is a work in progress, but very close to what I want.
The biggest surprise that I have had is that my daily stats have increased significantly, since I moved back to Blogger, which is complete the opposite of what I would have expected. Do I expect this to continue – to be honest no I don’t, but it would be great if it did.
Overall, I have had a good experience moving back to Blogger, but it took a lot more work than I thought it would to get where I am now. I still feel as though I have another couple of days of work to get it completely the way I want it – especially the theme, which needs a little more TLC.
If I had to go back to March 6th with what I know now and all the extra work that I have had to do as a result of my choice, would I still move back to Blogger?
I would give my choice a resounding “YES!”
Being on Blogger, just feels more comfortable for me and the way that I want to do things. I know that in another week or so, I will be able to just work on blogging and all the back-end stuff is being taken care of by Google, not me.
Are there drawbacks to being on Blogger, sure – but for me the positives far outweigh the negatives.
For someone else who has different needs and wants your choice might be different, for me moving back to Blogger was the right choice,