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Migrating to My Self-hosted WordPress Blog


I have signed up with Blogger late December 2007 and had much fun blogging ever since. Although, on many occasions I had to put-off blogging for other important things so I ended up having erratic posts. My blog "At A Loss for Words: Writings of a Blogger Wannabe" has served me well and it is definitely my first love, so I can't just delete everything there and start over, even if I must admit that I was tempted to do so..I have realized, however, that this free account at Blogger has been limiting me in many ways in terms of plugins that many WordPress users have been taking advantage of for the longest time. I did try signing-up for WordPress free blog but it turns out it's more limiting than Blogger's free account since most codes aren't accepted and advertisements are barred as well. So I figured, might as well accept the inevitable -- a self-hosted blog. Besides, I've had a paid webhost for many months now but I haven't been taking advantage of this since I'm emotionally attached to my first blog. It's a tough decision to make since the traffic and Technorati authority, however little is very important to me. But as I've written in one of my entries, the "blogger wannabe" needs to grow somehow. It's also been said and blogged, time and again, that a serious blogger must do away with free hosts as much as possible. And I felt that it's high time that I do it since I would eventually do it anyway. Postponing it would only prolong my agony. So there, I installed WordPress on my host and bought a new domain that would go with it. From now on, my official blog will be at ADayInTheLifeOfRJ.com which is proudly powered by WordPress. I'm new to WordPress, still learning the ropes, but it's alright. I enjoy the thrill of learning new stuff and I marvel at the realization of "self-taught" knowledge. I will still run my Blogger blog though, since I run paid posts on that site, and my new site wouldn't qualify for SocialSpark until a certain period isn't satisfied. I suppose on my new blog's 3rd month, I can perform 100% migration. Deleting my old blog would still be difficult for me, I know. But 3 months is a long time anyway, I might still change my mind and gather enough strength to click that "Delete Blog" button. Until then, I need to get used to updating quite a few blogs. If you happen to visit ADayInTheLifeOfRJ.com, you will notice that I have imported my entries from Blogger. I'm still working on redirecting individual post links to make sure they point to my new site. I will post updates here as soon as they happen. I have one problem with my WordPress blog though, I think cross-posting isn't possible, one which I love about Blogger. Cross-posting has allowed me to just post one time at Blogger then all of my other blogs, including Multiply's will be updated. Maybe it is possible with WordPress. If it is, I will need to figure that out, and soon! If it's not, well.. as in anything, there are tradeoffs. And I'm cool with that. :)

4 comments:

Eyom said...

Ako, i haven't thought of migrating from blogger...not yet. I still have to learn more about blogging and Blogger (my multiply is for hosting my trips pix but not for blogging..)

Good job on this nice blog!

RJ Marmol said...

hello eyom! :) it's a wise decision to weigh and wait dude. migration to wordpress, in my case was inevitable as i was looking for a blog platform that will be podcast-friendly, turns out wordpress has that. we've signed up for blogger about the same time pala, dec 2007 (read your profile). visited your blog and loved the nice photos of your trips plus the updates on the going-ons in your community..very nice.
hey, thanks for the visit and the wonderful comment. let me know if i can of any help in the future..don't know much, but what little i know, i humbly and generously share. cheers!

Eyom said...

Thank you so much for the offer of generosity. I shall definitely keep you and your blog in mind in case i got to face some blogging issues and what-and-how-to-do's...

In turn, I'd like to offer what little I know bout swimming. (kidding)...

This will definitely be not my last visit here. I'll be "snooping" on your other blogs here, too.

RJ Marmol said...

hey, thanks..i suppose you got that from my profile,hahaha.. yeah, i can't swim. too bad for me. palawan is such an amazing place to visit, so much more to call your home. well, same here. i'd be lurking your blog as well. :) cheers!