I have written 400 blog posts over the past 5 years using Google’s Blogger/Blogspot. I have had no complaints about the cost (free) or support (none needed). Blogger is easy to use and has all of the features I have needed. Also easy to maintain, since Google handles all of the backups and administration. I have not had to do anything other than write and publish. All in all, I have been content with Blogger.
And yet I have migrated “A Clay Jar” to the self hosted version of WordPress. The self hosted version of WordPress is more expensive, requires more effort to setup and maintain and, at least so far, has been somewhat bewildering because of the plethora of options, plugins and themes, allowing for extensive customization. Why? I guess mostly it is my inward nerd forcing its way to the surface.
It has been fun the past few days finding a host for the blog, installing WordPress, migrating the data from the old Blogger site and configuring/customizing the new site. It is still very much a work in progress, but I like it so far; so much so that I have set up a second site for use by the Olympic Baptist Association.
Time will tell how well this will turn out, but it is off to a promising start. But, regardless the blogging service I use, the most important part will still be the content, something that has been a bit lacking recently. Time to get back with it now; I have a lot of topics to address, just need to sit down and do it.