Blog Baby Blog Week 3: Why Wordpress is Like a Treadmill


To Wordpress or Not to Wordpress?  That is a big question, and one I get frequently.  Not sure what's best for you?  Here are some things to think about.

If you're thinking about making the switch, it's because you've heard some of the positives about the WP platform.
•Better SEO capabilities
•More flexibility with themes and plugins
•More control over your content
•The ability to sell directly from your site

With all of these advantages, why shouldn't everyone jump ship and head to Wordpress?
Wordpress or Blogger? How to know when to make the switch.

Because Wordpress is like a treadmill.

Think about getting a treadmill.  You’re going to have to spend a lot more money on it.  Walking is free, but that treadmill is big bucks.  You’re going to need to create space for it, put it together, maybe buy some accessories for it.

The thing about that treadmill?  It will not make you skinny unless you get on it and do the hard work.

That was a really long winded way of saying-yes, you can get more out of a Wordpress site, but you have to do the more.

What are you getting into with Wordpress?


You're going to have to spend more, and not just for the design.  (Why do Wordpress designs cost so much more? They are tons more work to set up.)  There are additional fees to migrate your content.  There are hosting fees.  Your pin went viral!  Awesome! Also, your hosting fees just went up.  If you decide you don't want to pay for hosting anymore, you're site is gone.  Also, many of the top notch plugins are not free.

Wordpress is great, but it takes time to be great.  One of the best examples I can give you is a plugin called Social Warfare.  With this plugin, when a reader pins or shares from your site, the plugin automatically chooses the optimal sized image for that platform.  Sounds great, right?  And it is.  The catch is you have to pay for the plugin and make each of those ideally sized images.


If you're just getting started, I don't recommend Wordpress.  I know, I know.  There are lots of Wordpress people that say they wished they had started on Wordpress.  Those people are B4L-Bloggers for Life.  They love blogging, and they love doing the more that comes along with Wordpress.

The thing about getting started is you don't really know if blogging is going to be for you.  I have installed hundreds of blog designs.  A significant number are for people that never posted or just blogged once or twice.

And you know what?  That's okay.  You don't know if something is right for you until you try it.  Wordpress is a much more expensive option for something that may not even even be a good fit for you.

So, should you make the switch?


You’re not ready to move to Wordpress if . . .

You are ready to move to Wordpress if . . .


•Do you blog consistently?

•Are you working on getting more out of your current blog by setting up Rich Pins, using optimal sized images, using descriptions to improve your SEO?

•Do you like figuring out how to do things?  Your blog designer will install your design, but he or she is not your webmaster.

•Do you have time to manage your blog?  Wordpress blogs can have serious security issues and are targets for hackers.  Also, spam for daaaayyyysss.

If you're not blogging consistently and not already trying to get the most out of your blog, I would say don't switch.  Just paying more for Wordpress isn't going to offset not having time to blog.  If anything, it's the complete opposite.  You will need to spend more time managing your blog.

If you're blogging consistently, open to the learning curve, and can make time to manage your site, switching to Wordpress is something you should consider.


My teaching blog is on Blogger and will most likely stay there.  I don't feel like I consistently blog.  It tends to be the thing that gets bumped off my to do list when life gets hairy.  I do feel like I have some good content.  I'd hate for that to go away because I didn't want to keep up with hosting fees.  (Yes, they say it's $3.95 a month.  IT NEVER IS.)

I moved my design site to Wordpress and am happy with that decision.  It is an extra expense, but it buys me time.  Now that I can sell design dates directly on my site, it has freed up a ton of time that I used to spending emailing people back and forth about dates, deposits, etc.  That's time I can instead use to make money designing.

Are you ready to make the switch or will you be staying on Blogger?


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10 comments

  1. Great post Megan and excellent points! I started on WP because after researching I knew that was important if I ever wanted to have the blog I wanted. However, I am not using it to its capacity, so you are right. Spending a lot of money and not having the time to devote to it can be a bad move! Thanks for sharing!
    Sebrina
    Burke's Special Kids

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    1. Thanks Sebrina! Wordpress is a powerful platform, but it there's definitely a ton to learn about maximizing it!

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  2. Such a great post! I feel like everyone is on WP and having like actual websites instead of just blogs. It is a huge commitment and at this point in time I am not ready to make the move. There is nothing worse than spending a ton of money only to feel guilty that you aren't using it to it's potential.

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    1. Thanks Sarah! I feel the same way! I love blogging, but I barely have time to squeeze it in. I just don't have enough time to dedicate to make it worth the time and money it would take to switch.

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  3. Thanks for this. I have a blog on blogger that's really gotten away from me. I've seen so many switch over to word press and wondered if I should too. Your post has really been informative and helpful. Thanks
    Jessica
    Tales of a First Grade Teacher

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    1. Thanks Jessica! Wordpress is a power horse and definitely worth it-if you have the time to put into it. I just don't have the extra time right now either. Maybe one day!

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  4. Thanks, Megan. I wish I had read your blog before starting WP. However, I didn't have a blog, so I figured I'd start with WP because so many people made it sound like it was the way to go. There's a lot to learn, that's for sure. And I still wonder about the time spent on WP versus the time spent on product creation. People are very helpful when it comes to advice, and I'm starting to build that community, which is a definite bonus!

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  5. Thank you for this post! I was undecided if I wanted to make the switch or not. I have heard so many great things about it but I think you put things into perspective for me.I have had my blog for a year now and have only written three post! Is so sad but its true! I have decided to wait and see if blogging really is my thing.

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  6. Exactly what I needed to read. Thank you!!

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  7. Thanks for this! I'm enjoying my Blogger blog. It isn't doing much at all to improve my sales on TPT, but I KNOW I don't want to spend extra money or extra time messing with my blog. I just want to keep enjoying the process. Thanks for the information!
    Jan
    Laughter and Consistency

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