Why I Chose to Return to Blogger

Not an Easy Decision

I started Say It With Simplicity a number of years ago, with the intention of sharing my card creations with others that shared that interest.

As I branched out into new territory, including signs, SVG files, Silhouette Cameo crafts and more, I wanted to share that with a wider audience. I decided that I would expand my horizons and navigate my way into blogging with Word Press. That's what I did for the past several months.

There is a lot of information out there these days about blogging. There are many, many people out there blogging for a business and writing about "How to Blog." Word Press along with a great hosting company is hailed as the best way to go about blogging, especially if you want people to visit your blog.

Before I started with Word Press I did quite a bit of research. I started using Word Press along with a popular hosting company. I worked on improving my content writing and SEO. By and by I saw some positive growth.

Word Press in itself isn't all that difficult to learn. You can get a blog up and running in minutes. Really! I think the one difficult thing however, is making it all work the way you want. As someone who just likes to make and enjoy crafts, I felt that more of my time was spent figuring out how to do the things I wanted with Word Press, instead of "Simply Creating for Home and Family."

As I said, I was starting to see some positive growth. Posts were being pinned on Pinterest and Analytics showed that I had some popular posts. I have to admit I was a little exhilarated by that.

However, I sometimes I feel like the blog world has become like the commercial tent at the county fair. Everyone wants you to get the free goodies, but not before you drop your name in the fish bowl first. It's not me and that's not the kind of blogger I want to be. 
Am I the only one? 

One day I woke up and realized that my blog wasn't working at all. 

Without going into all the details, my blog was down and I wasn't finding solutions to my problems. I checked my name servers, contacted tech support, checked my site on other devices, searched for solutions and in the end became very frustrated. Just as I thought I had things ironed out, my site was down again. I goofed around for nearly a month and was afraid to post any new content. 

The visitors that had been there, were no longer there and as the Long Ranger blog writer and administrator, I came to the conclusion that this wasn't for me. 

Today I'm working on refocusing my efforts. 

This is what I have learned. 

  • Blogger is a comfortable platform for me. I definitely feel more at ease.
  • Blogging isn't a business for me, so I'm satisfied with a platform that's easy and inexpensive to use. 
  • I have more time for working on my projects. 
  • I still want to write and share my crafting passion and projects. Going forward I'm working on updating some of my posts and republishing others. 
  • Blogger doesn't have to be ugly and unresponsive. There are Blogger templates available on Etsy that take on a more modern look and are more responsive than the ones offered. 
If you've visited before, and are thinking that you aren't in the right place, rest assured that you have landed in the right place. Take some time to look at some of the projects and look forward to seeing more in the future. 

text 2018,  by Say It With Simplicity