I spent today at a workshop on how to build a website using WordPress. Sorry Blogger, but I'm now suffering from WordPress envy. When I first looked in to starting a blog, I did a few google searches on differences between Blogger and WordPress. Since I'm not a highly technical person, I quickly became overwhelmed. I wasn't sure if I was ever going to tell people about my blog, so I couldn't ask anyone I knew for advice. Procrastination and intimidation had already put my blog on hold several times and I already had a Google account, so I decided to jump in using Blogger.
I've been blogging for about seven months now. I'm slowly figuring out what shape my blog is taking. I'm becoming familiar with what I want to be able to do and how to do it. It wasn't until today that I really saw how WordPress would allow me to create more of what I want. I've been frustrated by some of Blogger's constraints. I understand that having a WordPress.com hosted blog will still have constraints (as opposed to a self-hosted WordPress site that will allow further customization with things like plug-ins), but I really like the options for a clean, precise look that WordPress allows. I also don't have to worry about a lot of the technical stuff that would be involved in self-hosting. I may decide to switch to a self-hosted site at a later date, but right now, I'm happy knowing that my WordPress.com site will be secure and stable.
I was asked to take this workshop by my supervisor at work. One of our websites at work is done using WordPress and I may be required to update it in the future. Today's workshop wasn't as applicable to work as I had hoped, but it definitely interested me personally. I registered my own domain and have started to build an updated version of the World's Youngest Senior Citizen blog. I'll slowly work away at creating a look and feel that suits my Youngest Senior persona and hopefully sooner, rather than later, the new Youngest Senior site will be revealed. Until then, keep checking back here for updates and posts!
If you have experience or tips on creating a WordPress blog or switching from Blogger to WordPress I'd love to hear them! Do you think it's a good idea? A stupid idea? Should I wait? Comment away people!