How to Blog

Blogger vs. WordPress

0 Comments 23 February 2012

When I first started MsMorphosis, I had no idea what I wanted. I’ve always liked writing and expressing myself, and I knew I wanted to write about self-improvement/development, but I didn’t know much else. I knew that the Internet, however, had millions of users – so I figured that if I was able to find a way to create unique content, market it to like-minded people, then hopefully I could grow some sort of community.

I vividly remember sitting on my bed, setting down the book I was reading, and Googling “how to start a blog.” I ended up on Blogger, which is a blog hosting site that thrives because of its insanely user-friendly fill-in-the-blank simplicity. Essentially, you “rent” space (for free) from Blogger, where they host your page and allow you to fill in content and images without any technical knowledge. Blogger has many limitations, though. For instance, each “blog” is only a single page, which can be navigated using tags and categories in the sidebar and under each post, but it’s impossible to add multiple pages to a single Blogger site. I never wanted a single scroll-down page, I had lots of topics that I wanted to be able to separate from one another on separate pages, so within about 6 months I had accumulated 7 different Blogger pages that I was simultaneously maintaining and attempting to interlink into one massive network.

Blogger Pages Diagram
Over time, I accumulated MissBodyandSoul.com, MissInspire.com, MissIntimacy.com, MissMorphosisBookClub.com, MissPsyche.com, MissAwareness.com and MissVisual.com – each which I was maintaining and “feeding into” MissMorphosis.com, which I still wanted to be my primary page and identity (confusing, right? I know). So, whenever I wrote a new post on any of the sites, based on their subject, (i.e. an article about dating would go on MissIntimacy, or a post about Psychology, my college major, would go into MissPsyche), I would put a snippet and a link on MissMorphosis. Essentually, MissMorphosis was serving as the landing page and central hub of the “Miss” blog-o-sphere. Since I was so limited with Blogger’s platform, I ended up developing my own unique way to make the pages interactive, linking between the sites with self-made banners and links on the sidebar and under each post, which, in theory, worked together to integrate the sites into a cohesive framework.

Blogger to WordPress MsMorphosis

To this day I love (and miss) my unique, busy, scroll-down website network, but when all is said and done it was just too hard for users to use and connect to. Although it was fun and interactive for the people that took the time, most people would get there and quickly get confused and leave. Eventually, I ended up spending another year of my life learning how to consolidate the pages into one real website, where those 6 different pages would be accessible on one page through an upper navigation bar. Although it isn’t as unique and crazy as it used to be, it’s a thousand times more user-friendly, and the traffic has increased astronomically.

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Jen, MsMorphosis herself, writes with a wisdom that belies her age (astoundingly only 25) and speaks from a place that seems like you’re listening to your big sister, or a dear friend that you’ve never met. For me, the connection was instant, and the material has always been almost so personally intertwined and touching that I feel like the singer-story-teller in the song, ‘Killing Me Softly.’ — Sheanna Caban

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