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Bye Bye Blogger?

If you want to know what it looks like when I’m about to burst into frustrated tears, here it is:
And if you want to know why I’m about to do that, observe: 
I really feel like it’s time for me to move from blogger to a self-hosted WordPress so that I can do more with my blog. I so badly want to expand to include free lesson and unit plans for YA in the Common Core classroom. I want a section that is all about the censorship drama I went through, a section exclusively for current YA censorship struggles, a section for author podcasts, and one to show off YA testimonials. And I need a more user-friendly interface—more control— to do that. 
The crux? All the technical what-ifs could ruin my outreach here. So many things could go wrong from the permalinks to my SEO. The thing is, I have a great Google ranking and keyword search visibility, a nice little following, and three years of success on Blogger. Will changing to WordPress just be a mess? Will people be able to find me and my reviews, and my future lesson plans? Will I be starting all over? Going back into the wwwomb?
Have any of you out there done this with a site like mine? What are the pros and cons? For the love of carbohydrates, please give me some advice!  

Comments

  1. I haven’t switched over to WordPress, but I did make the switch to a new website host with a pre-made website that better suited my needs (http://www.smcarriere.com). I lost about 20 readers (might not seem like much, but when you only have roughly 40, it’s a fair amount). I’ve been slowly building my way back up. So. Very. Slowly.
    My problem, of course, is that I didn’t have enough real supporters (my friends and family all followed me over). I really don’t think that’ll be a problem for you.
    I kept my Blogger site, incidentally, with the last post telling everyone where I went to (so you can keep your google stuff). I’m not sure how effective that was, but it might help. If you’re really concerned, try searching out some Blogger widgets that might help you get the work done. I know there are a fair number of them.
    The work you do is so vitally important, and you really should go with the provider that lets you get you and your message out into the world in the best way possible. If that means leaving Blogger behind, then so be it.
    People will follow you.

    • You are so gracious! Thanks for sharing your experience and for being so encouraging. This really is a daunting process, huh? (P.S. I just went to your blog but my network kicked me off. I’ll go back this evening and cruise!:)

      I have a lot of supporters on here, but I believe many of them are remnant from the censorship debate which has since died, so I am afraid that I will lose a lot of supporter in the switch because many people may not keep up with it anymore. So yes, 20 does sound like a lot to me! I may only have 20 people consistently checking here and to lose them would be devastating! I don’t want to lose anyone because I think everyone will benefit from the expansion. I’m so excited to share my lesson plans no joke!

      Perhaps switching everything over to WordPress by copying and pasting on my own will put the content there while I’m trying to build it up, while keeping my content here so that people don’t lose me? In the meantime, I think I might look within blogger like you suggested. Maybe I can do more here than I think I can?

  2. You know, you can go to WordPress without leaving Blogger. Just don’t announce the change until you’ve tested everything and you’re happy with the new site. Meanwhile, have you considered buying a domain? http://fortheloveofya.com might be available (if its not, .net or something else might be), and one it’s yours, you can use it for any hosting site. Of course, it will take some time to get readers to use the domain name, but the hosting site name .blogspot.com or .wordpress.com) will also work at the same time.

  3. I do plan to buy a domain, but you know, you’re right. I could go ahead and do that and start slowly switching things over now. Then I could do 301 redirects per post once I’m ready to leave here entirely? That way anyone who comes looking off of a google search could take the link and wind up at my wordpress?

    fortheloveofya.com is available. Do you think I should keep that as my domain name? It’s user-friendly enough?

    Thanks, Miss Cellania!

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