I started this blog last January with the goal of documenting my ultramarathon training in 2013. As my goals for 2014 change and evolve, so has the look of my blog!
I've spent a lot of time recently switching over a year's worth of content from the Blogger platform to a self-hosted site at WordPress.org (WordPress.org is the big brother of the FREE blogging service offered by WordPress.com) This process, while not overly complicated, was time consuming due to the fact that I had no clue how to approach it.
I started off in October, by using Courtney's advice from EatPrayRunDC on self-hosting (part 1 and part 2). This was super helpful on getting me started, but I was still overwhelmed by the idea of a totally new and different blogging platform, and a creating a new look to my blog. There was also a cost associated with self-hosting (i.e. not storing my content on a blogging platform.) In October, I purchased a year of self-hosting for about $80 and selected a new theme on WordPress. After that, I became busy with 50 miler training and the holidays, and put the new blog to bed for a little bit.
I only recently came back to this in December, when I decided to fully commit to the change. After many hours of playing around with GoDaddy.com, WordPress, and BlueHost, I've finally managed to redirect my old blog (at blogspot.com) to my domain an Trailsandcocktails.com. Again, this is not a complicated process, but definitely takes some time and patience.
Ultimately, I decided to switch from Blogger to self-hosted WordPress through BlueHost for several reasons:
1) WordPress offers a more professional look.
If you browse the internet for long enough, you may find that most "professional" looking blogs are published through WordPress. Undoubtedly, there are tons of professional looking blogs published through Blogger, but it takes more skill with coding than I possess.
2) WordPress is more reader-friendly.
I've found that commenting and subscribing is easier on WordPress than Blogger. This is just an observation I've made over the past year.
3) By self-hosting, I own my content and it is published to my domain (trailsandcocktails.com) without being directed through blogspot.com or wordpress.com.
If you are thinking about switching over from Blogger to WordPress, I highly recommend you do a Google search about the process. There are tons of articles about making the change. I am still going through a few hiccups from the switch, such as reformatting old posts, but I am ultimately very happy with the outcome. I can't wait to take on 2014 with a brand new blog!
If you like what you see, please take a moment and subscribe to my "refreshed" blog by putting your email address in to the box on the right-hand side bar!
**If you are receiving any errors in viewing my site or cannot receive an RSS feed, please let me know. Moving from Blogger to WordPress certainly has its issues, and I would like to fix as many as possible.