A blog question everybody always asks is “What platform do you use?” You can do WordPress, Blogger, self-host…I’m sure there’s more but I haven’t looked too far into it. I’ve been using WordPress for over 10 years now!
Recently I was researching where some of my blog traffic was coming from, and I ran across an article published a few months ago called Popular Mom Blogs Built with WordPress. I scrolled through and found Geek Mamas at #21. They did a nice little write-up and called the blog “informative, funny and entertaining.” I was pretty happy to read that, because that’s exactly what I’m going for. 🙂
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From Blogger to WordPress
I started my first blog around 2005, on Blogger. It was about my costumes and events. I later moved the blog to WordPress.com and have stayed here ever since. I find it easier to use and I like the templates better. I also like the built-in community and the reader function. I’m sure there’s all kind of wonderful things associated with self-hosting, but I haven’t even looked into it yet. I know I can manage to figure everything out about my WP blog on my own, and usually rather quickly. I can do all the tweaks, add the widgets and make it look the way I want just by clicking a few buttons. There’s also advanced stuff I haven’t even gotten into yet.
So right now, I’m happy to be a WordPress Mom Blog using a (free!) template. I still have a lot to learn about all this blog stuff. I may have been blogging for years, but I never really considered myself a “blogger” until this year. It’s been a great year too! Looking forward to learning more and growing even more next year.
*I should clarify that I do have a paid business account, because I don’t like all those ads on the blog otherwise, but I still use the original free template I started with. It’s called Colinear. If you are just starting out, I recommend starting with the free account, then upgrading to the next level so you can have your own domain and remove the ads. Click the pic to get started on WordPress!
2021 Update: I recently downgraded from Business to Premium and changed my theme. I’m still happy with my WordPress blog, but I didn’t find the $300 a year business account to be entirely worth it. Premium is more affordable and works just as well. The only drawback is that you can’t use plug-ins like Yoast. But you still get an ad-free experience, tons of templates and the ability to customize your layout with widgets. I also recently implemented advertising through Ezoic, which I highly recommend over WordPress ads.