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Bloggiesta Mini Challenge: WordPress vs. Blogger

Bloggiesta

Hello everyone and welcome to my Bloggiesta mini challenge! My post will be a tiny bit different from most of the mini challenges because it’s more of a FAQ / tutorial post rather than an actual challenge, but you’ll see what I mean in a second. I hope you’ll enjoy my post and learn something new today! Also, feel free to leave me a message or tweet me if you need help, I’ll be happy to do so. :)

My blog went through some changes in April 2012. I’ve been thinking about moving from Blogger to WordPress for quite a long time but it wasn’t until early April when I finally plucked up the courage and went through with it. Since I know a lot of bloggers are in the same boat and since many people have been asking me about my first impressions with WordPress and the reason why I left Blogger, I decided to write a post about it and explain some of the main differences between these two blogging platforms, my concerns in connection with Blogger and whether it’s worth leaving your old blogging platform or not.

The main reason why I left Blogger was that ever since February of March this year, I’ve had constant issues with comments not showing up, blog titles not showing up, and several other things that made blogging less enjoyable than it was before. Mind you, apart from the time when Google decided to delete my blog for no apparent reason, I’ve been quite happy with Blogger. Up until April.

I’ve been on WordPress for almost 6 months and I’ve never looked back. I love it. For me the most striking difference between the two platforms is how professional WP looks compared to Blogger. And in WP’s case, professional doesn’t equal complicated. I thought I’d be confused with its system and I’d need weeks to figure out how it works but here I was, typing away with a huge smile on my face a few hours after the ‘big move’. :) Anyway, here’s why I think you should go ahead with moving to WordPress. Mind you, I’m talking about self-hosted WordPress blogs, not the free WordPress ones. For more information about the differences between these two, check out this article.

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Bloggiesta is back!

I took part in this event (organised by Danielle @ There’s a Book and Suey @ It’s All About Books ) in spring and it was so much fun! I met lots of lovely people and managed to take some time off in order to work on my blog as well. And now it’s back! It runs from September 28th through 30th and it’s basically a weekend where you set aside some time for improving your blog, you take part in mini challenges and learn lots of new things.

What can you expect from Bloggiesta, you ask?

  • to spend time that weekend (as much or as little as your schedule allows) working on your blog
  • to create a to do list to share on your blog and link up with other participants
  • to hopefully participant in several mini challenges and learn something new
  • to connect with other participants through blog hopping or twitter
  • to make new blogging friends!
  • to come away at the end of the three days with a spiffed up blog!

It sounds great, right? I know I’ll be terribly busy until next summer and my free time is limited so I’m really glad for this opportunity. For more information and the sign up form, visit There’s a Book.

And this is what I’ll be trying to work on during Bloggiesta:

  • Sort out tags and categories, delete the ones I don’t need anymore
  • Rewrite my older reviews according to the new review template
  • Write any reviews that I haven’t written yet
  • Schedule some discussion posts for the following few weeks

Are you participating? :)

Bloggiesta!

Bloggiesta is a completely new event for me – I have been invited by a fellow blogger on Goodreads and I thought, why not? I love bookish events and getting to know you all so I had to sign up for this. What is Bloggiesta, you ask? In short, it’s a blogging marathon revolving around ticking off those items on your to-do list and improving your blog while in the good company of other awesome bloggers doing the same thing.

I have been extremely busy in the past few weeks/months and even though I haven’t completely abandoned my blog, there are things that I’d like to improve and work on during these couple of days. Bloggiesta runs from 30 March to 1 April (next weekend) – and you can still sign up by clicking here if you’d like to join in the fun.

My aims:

  • Get to know some fellow bloggers
  • Make new friends
  • Re-write my review policy
  • Reply to my comments 
  • Visit as many blogs as I can and comment on other people’s reviews
  • Take part in challenges
  • Schedule some discussions for the following weeks
  • Schedule 5 WoW posts for the following weeks

Is anyone planning to take part in this event? Do let me know! :)