It Shouldn’t Be This Hard, Part 2

(Read this post first.)

I have finally had enough of Blogger and its eccentricities, so I am moving to WordPress. Moreover, I have found better webhosting, so I am able to self-host my WordPress blog with a minimum of effort. Basically, once it’s set up, I just post like I would have on Blogger.

Plus, I have the freedom now to do things the way I want to, rather than the way Blogger wants me to. And… WordPress AUTOMATICALLY inserts a compact mobile menu into your blog when it’s viewed on a mobile phone. Gee… Welcome to the 21st century, eh?

But… It is still pretty much a pain in the butt. Now I have to move all of my existing content over to WordPress from Blogger. And guess what? Yup — they are in very incompatible formats. There is some software out there that does a pretty amazing job of copying over most of your stuff and arranging it mostly the way you had it. But I still have to go through every post to fix little things and to make sure it’s all the way it’s supposed to be.

Yes, I am somewhat of a perfectionist in this respect. But when you come here and read stuff, you expect it to be in a legible, easy-to-read format. When you click on a link, you expect that link to take you to the proper place. When you are trying to look at an image, you expect to see an image, not one of those little “x” things that means “image not available.”

So I go through and fix all the little stuff. Pain in the butt. Fortunately, I have dozens of posts, rather than hundreds of posts. But it’s still a pain in the butt.

But on the opposite side, I really do like WordPress. It is, to me at least, far easier to use, far more intuitive, and far more expandable than Blogger. It’s a bit of a pain in the butt to set up, but it will be very easy to maintain over the long haul. Blogger was a pain in the butt to set up, and then a pain in the butt to maintain as well.

So maybe you’ll see a few more posts from me in the future.