Today I began my second month in Blogville. As a newbie, I’ve made early observations regarding the blogging community and the various platforms good artists are using. I’m a WordPress guy and for no reason other than it’s the platform I chose at the time, I’m very glad I did.
Many of you blogger types are extremely talented individuals. Clearly your statements have merit and value. As talented as y’all are, a problem exists that should not go unattended. If you’re a creative person utilizing Blogger, I need to stand up and ask you why?
I love reading your blogs, I really do. I also enjoy viewing incredibly gifted photographers, music artists, craft-persons, and illustrators. Insight, explanations or a storyline accompanying your talents, support your mission even better. Many of your works are simply incredible. You amaze me with your poetic gift, a flair for prose, and creative eye for detail. Why would you allow a poor voicing platform like Blogger, stand in your way of being read – viewed – noticed – and appreciated?
Nearly every time I click on a post hosted on Blogger, it becomes a nightmare visit that is vexed by the demon him self. I’m experiencing about a 50% success rate in posting comments to your awesome and wonderful posts. Seventy five percent of the time my computer screen freezes, forced to reboot or sadly click out of your site. I don’t want to abandon your Blogger site. I have to leave because they don’t perform well. This comes after a 20 minute hourglass delay, while my comment to you lay in limbo. After dozens of annoying experiences, I decided to copy my comment after writing it. This helps paste it back again and increases my odds when your sites unfreeze, or tells me “something went wrong, try again”! Should I have to do this?
As a member of the world-wide blogging community and two smaller joint blogging groups on Facebook, my bad experiences with Blogger are not unique. Others are sounding off in their frustration with this platform as well. A lot of the irritation voices come from Blogger members themselves. Observe people’s dissatisfaction with Blogger and heed this warning; your host site is preventing you from experiencing a more quality enriched blogging experience.
I hold 2 masters degrees in management; marketing and human resources. My undergraduate degree is in speech communications. Connecting and communicating valuable messages is the key to my course work. As with my degrees, posting your blogs is much of the same. Communication is critical. Your posts and readership (input/output) are the most valuable commodities you have. If Blogger is your primary resource for transporting your message and the Blogger supply chain is broken, your awesome posts are not being maximized. Not at all.
Think of it this way. Do you enjoy driving in stop and go traffic congestion where it takes you 30 minutes to drive only 3 miles? You want your readers to drive on a hassle-free highway. You want your viewers to easily pull off the road and gaze at the magic that appears on your pages. You want your consumers to tangent your off-ramps and venture a new course on your site to yet another wonderful blog post. Blogger is nothing but hassle and my driving experience on a Blogger road is loaded with bumpy potholes. I’m forced to travel another path that affords me a more pleasant and carefree driving experience!
I cannot be the sole rebel when it comes to my disdain for clicking on a Blogger link. Of course some people have good experiences with Blogger. Those aren’t the ones to be concerned about. Your care should be for the people whom you’re losing. I cringe when I see your link is hosted on Blogger because I know from hundreds of bad experiences there, my time spent with you has a high percentage of being fruitless. If your blog is on Blogger, you lose another most precious commodity and that is time. If a person is reading and commenting from an outside host, they do not have the time to spend in hopes of your Blogger site actually working properly. You magnificently labor for super blog posts to reap the reward of sharing a valuable message. In my eyes as well! You all have valuable messages to share. Why not share them on a host that works right?
I have nothing to do with WordPress. I don’t own stock in the company and I’m no undercover operative stealthily plugging away for the organization. I’m just a dude-blogger whom if given a decision whether to access a Blogger site or a WordPress blog, I always choose the WordPress blog no questions asked. On Blogger sites, your messages are over-shadowed by a poor technological experience. I don’t want that and I would think you don’t like that either.
On a WordPress site, my computer never freezes and my comments are easily posted. Unlike Blogger, I’m able to post my comments using my user blog ID and track backs for new readers happen naturally. Blogger doesn’t allow me the privilege to post comments in my WordPress or Charlie Nitric ID. I am forced to use some silly Google email ID and even there, it only works right half of the time. The other options are there, but after 4-5 failed attempts I need to abandon your awesome sites for ones that actually work consistently. Hosting on Blogger, you’re losing a handful of precious repeat consumers.
I adore blogging and people who blog. You have something valuable to say and I want to hear what that is. Its fun and a great learning experience for me. I would think it’s also a great experience for y’all. I will continue tying to post on your sites, but please remember that half of the time I will fail. I’ll end up leaving because of Blogger aggravation.
If you currently reside on Blogger, I would seriously consider switching over to WordPress. It costs you no money and you can easily transfer all your fabulous posts over with a few clicks. You have nothing to lose other than the traffic you’re already losing, and have everything to gain. Marketing 101: get new customers and retain old ones. Your gain is a new and improved blogging experience.
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