In October of 2004 I used Blogger to publish my first blog. It was so easy getting started with Blogger. In fact, my first blog is still on the Blogger platform. Little did I know that Blogger was only the first step of my blogging platform adventures.
Flash forward to 2008. I start my new blog, Power to Fight the Big Boys. Once again I use Blogger to publish my blog. But as soon as I start promoting this new blog, problems start popping up.
The First Problem
The first problem was that I couldn’t automatically promote my posts on LinkedIn. But if my blog was on WordPress, I could. So I immediately switched to WordPress.com.
Moving my blog to WordPress.com was a snap. WordPress.com has an import feature that works with Blogger. A minute or two and my blog was now on WordPress.com. Then I added my new blog to LinkedIn using the WordPress application. Piece of cake. No problems . . . yet.
Next stop: Facebook
I created a Facebook fan page. I also connected my blog to the Facebook Networked Blogs application (see previous post). Now my blog posts are promoted across the social media landscape. I’m an internet media mogul. Not so fast, big shot. There’s a new issue. . .
Tweeting and Sharing Blog Posts with Friends
On many blogs you’ll see a tool for your blog readers to “Tweet” about your blog post to a friend. Or you see icons for sharing a post on other social media. Of course, I’ve “gotta have” this on my blog. Any person with a professional blog has to have this “share” feature.
So I try to set up a share plug-in on WordPress.com. This should be easy. I find a couple of WordPress plug-ins that will do the job. But I can’t figure out how to install them. So I ask WordPress.com about it.
Guess what? I read on the InMotion Hosting Reviews, that WordPress.com doesn’t support plug-ins. You have to host your WordPress blog somewhere else to use all the nice plug-ins. What the . . . ?
Moving the blog once again
This time I set my blog up with WordPress and Thesis. I host it on it’s own domain. I import my blog and I install all the plug-ins. We’re good to go. Right? Wrong…
My nice search engine friendly links are no longer there. My blog stats are gone. My posts with videos and audio files no longer work. My nice professionally designed blog header doesn’t have a place to upload. Aaahh … but I do have those nice share icons up-and-running and they all work. Ain’t technology grand?
I’m lucky. I have good techies working in my business. We set-up hosting for clients all the time. So these issues are minor. But I can’t imagine what a pain this must be for others.
All-in-all I’m glad I’ve made this final move. I’m very pleased with the great tools included with Thesis. I’m happy with all the plug-ins. Plus I’m pleased that my blog has a more professional URL all it’s own. It would’ve been a lot easier if I set-up the blog on WordPress and Thesis at the beginning. But then, look at all the fun I would’ve missed.
If you’re running into these issues, ask a question or leave a comment below. I’ll be happy to help you make the move to the more professional hosted blog on your own domain.