Yes, it’s been over 48 hours since I’ve blogged.
Yes, I’m going into withdrawals.
No, I haven’t had a baby.
I’ve just been in transition….
After a few months of agonizing about making The Big Change, a failed attempt at doing it on my own, and a few weeks of working with a great crew of people at Blogalicious Designs to help me with it, I’ve finally transitioned. Welcome to my new WordPress blog!
(Insert Cheering Crowds of Other Bloggers Here.)
(Insert Confused and Indifferent Looks of Non-Bloggers Here.)
I’ve been wanting to do it all my life (or at least for the past year) because of the plethora of problems with Blogger. But what really put me over the edge were the problems that so many of you have been having with commenting.
As I’ve mentioned a few times before, I love to blog because of the relationships. I’ve met hundreds of amazing people through blogging that I wouldn’t have met otherwise, and although I try to read all of your blogs (if I know about them), the best way for me to interact with you and get to know you is through your comments. So it pains deeply me every time I find out someone wanted to comment but wasn’t able to.
WordPress is different, for sure, but it is a MUCH more stable platform, and hopefully you will find it easier to leave comments. It SHOULD save your information after you leave your first comment (if you have cookies enabled) so that you won’t have to enter it each time, so if your first comment is clunky, cross your fingers that it will get easier after that.
Also, you do NOT have to put in a website – if you don’t have one, just leave it blank. You DO have to put in an email address (which will not be visible to anyone but me). The email address is great, because it enables me to respond to your comments in my preferred form, via a response email. As I said, I love the interaction!
This change also should make it easier for those of you who read blogs on iPhones or other mobile devices – let me know if it doesn’t load faster.
B-Sides and Alabama Bloggers are still hosted at Blogger for now – I’m starting with one site at a time. At some point, I hope to transition the other two, but I’m not in a huge hurry – change scares me, after all.
PLEASE let me know if you have any questions or problems, or if things don’t seem to be showing up right on your screen. It will take me a while to work out all the quirks of the new site (including getting all the comments imported from my last few posts), so please let me know of anything you notice that isn’t working quite right, that is missing, or that you have problems with. And, of course, PLEASE let me know if you have any commenting problems.
Also, if you’re a feed subscriber, nothing should change – it should be seamless. But if not, let me know and I’ll help you get it fixed.
Thanks so much to Blogalicious Designs for my new design and all of their work on getting me transferred, and welcome to my new home!!!