A little bit of history

Yesterday I was congratulated by WordPress for the fact that it had been a year ago that I registered by WordPress. At the time my blog Republic of Lagrangia was run on blogger, and I had no strong intentions to move to WordPress. Why did I register in the first place? A year ago, I had encountered several blogs, which were hosted on WordPress and I was curious about that WordPress thing.

For several months my WordPress blog was “sleeping”, and I continued blogging on blogger. However, November last year, I really got fed up with google and I decided to move Republic of Lagrangia to WordPress. Which is a decision I will never regret.

I started the Republic of Lagrangia blog in the early summer of 2011. Because of my experience with blogging on blogger, it was a logical decision to create a new blog on that platform. At the time, I had never heard of WordPress. During the first one and half year, Republic of Lagrangia received only a dozen visitors a month, by November 2012 the count stood at 400+. After I had moved to WordPress, I saw that this blog got ten to twenty visitors every week. Curiously, the blogger version of this blog saw a rapid increase in visitors. Only two months ago, the WordPress version passed the overall count of the blogger edition.

On the blogger version, no one has ever commented. But around christmas we got our first comment. And now we have a few regular commenters. Therefore I decided to no longer update the blogger version, but for practical reasons I wanted to keep the blogger version. But last Monday I decided to pull the plug of the blogger version of this blog, and also of its sister blog Future Comments. This decision was executed at Tuesday, first I moved several posts from Future Comments to this blog (one post had already been published, two other are drafts and will be published later on) and thereafter I deleted Future Comments. A few hours later I deleted also Republic of Lagrangia at blogger.

The reason for this decision is simple: I did not see any benefit in continuing these two blogs on blogger, I did not update them any longer. And more than six months after moving to WordPress, I felt that any serious visitor to the blogger version could have known we had moved, I have made several announcements over there that we had moved.

In general I would advise any new blogger to use WordPress instead of Blogger.

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7 thoughts on “A little bit of history”

  1. It’s strange what you said about hits increasing after you left Blogger. I saw the same thing. I moved to WordPress.com in December. I migrated everything I’d posted on Blogger to the new page (some of them show up on WordPress twice, not sure how that happened) and left an “I’ve moved” post and I’ve been here ever since. Every once in a while I still poke over to Blogger to check the stats and they have shot up like crazy since I’ve left. I wonder if it’s some devious ploy by Google to crawl the old site like mad to make it look like I am super popular over there. Hehehe. Could be.

    1. Thank you for your comment!

      I wonder if it’s some devious ploy by Google to crawl the old site like mad to make it look like I am super popular over there.

      I had the same suspicion as you. However, in my case I saw that my wordpress account was and is much more popualar. In the first few months I received more visitors on WordPress than on Blogger in 18 months. But to complicate matters even more, when I changed the internal links of the posts on blogspot to the posts on the new blog, thereafter I received a peak in visitors on blogger. Strange, isn’t it?

  2. I had a similar experience, except that I’ve switched between Blogger and WordPress more than once. They have different benefits and different flaws. Of course the ideal blog would be the best of both. I only left WordPress before because of a technical problem that suddenly developed and could not be fixed, but I now know the cause was the browser. At one time, I posted the same articles at Blogger and WordPress. The articles at WordPress got listed higher in Google Search results than did the Blogger copies, which is surprising because Google owns Blogger, so the article at WordPress got more readers. It got better when WordPress created the Reader and something like social networking to help attract more readers. As you know, I’m permanently done with Google and therefore also Blogger. I do wish Google hadn’t bought YouTube because I still need to use it.

    1. They have different benefits and different flaws. Of course the ideal blog would be the best of both.

      I fully agree with you on this point.

      It got better when WordPress created the Reader and something like social networking to help attract more readers.

      I have no experiences with the pre-reader era of WordPress, just because I just started to use WP November last year. But I agree with you that the reader and the social network elements, are helpful tools for getting visitors. The social network elements are among the things I like most of WP.

      As you know, I’m permanently done with Google and therefore also Blogger. I do wish Google hadn’t bought YouTube because I still need to use it.

      I have read your post on that topic. Further I agree with you that Google is too big, has too many services. A former classmate of mine, told me once that Google is actually too successful, they earn to much money. According to my friend Google needed to invest this money for fiscal reasons.

  3. Interesting to see these comments. I have never used anything BUT WordPress, so I guess I don’t know the difference. I quickly found that WordPress gets into the search engines quickly. My blog gets over 100 hits from various search engines every day. I’ll post something today and within a couple of days the search engines find it and I get visitors.

    1. You are lucky that you found WordPress quickly. And as I said in the last sentence of this post, you shouldn’t regret to have never used Blogger.

      How many hits you get each day depends on the particular topic(s) you write about. I have another blog, part of a totally unrelated project, on which I get between the 100 and 300 hits each day. That’s much more than on this blog, which has usually between 20 and 40 visitors each day, although that blog is in Dutch (and there has a smaller population of potential visitors). That blog also get visitors through various search engines.

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