After several years of blogging on WordPress, I’m leaving to blog on one of the first and oldest platforms: Blogger. But with its ancient internet age and Google’s propensity to cancel products/services, why would anyone in their right mind choose Blogger in 2022? Because in my case, it’s not the mind.
My mind chose WordPress; my heart chooses Blogger.
Back in 2017, WordPress wasn’t my first platform of choice. I actually chose Blogger first and, at the last minute, changed my mind. I picked the most logical choice (thanks, brain), the CMS that was more viable, popular, and had greater potential.
Today, I think WordPress remains the more rational choice over Blogger. In fact, during the plan/pricing upheaval this past April/May, although I was preparing to leave WordPress for Blogger, I again chose WordPress. And as it turns out, WordPress reverted from its radical new plans to the previous tiered offerings.
So why leave now for Blogger?
In late May, when I re-chose WordPress and cut off Blogger, I was resolute and settled in. Forget Blogger, it’s in the past; unpack my bags and keep moving forward with WordPress.
But something happened.
While reading the book, Biblical Minimalism, I checked to see if there was a website for it. I typed the search terms into DuckDuckGo and — whoa — www.biblicalminimalism.com has a site on Blogger with posts as recent as August 2022!
I found a current blog hosted by Blogger on a topic I like.
That hit me.
I realized Blogger, to this day, is alive, active, and I could be there too. In fact, had I ultimately chosen Blogger in 2017, I could have been blogging there for the past 5 years.
Next thing I know, my fingers were on auto-pilot, migrating all my Jason Journals posts over to Blogger at a rapid pace. I resumed the process I had started back in April amidst the WordPress uncertainty. I was primed. So when I realized my heart was still with Blogger, I just went with it! Risk accepted.
“…’cause I can’t fight this feeling anymore…”
Sure, Blogger is ancient. But the platform’s “oldness” is part of the attraction for me. I blogged there first; I’ve got nostalgia fuel.
Yes, Google could kill Blogger at any moment. But I figure that even if Google decides to sunset it, the company would most likely give advance notice, probably a year before final shut-down. I could enjoy Blogger while it lasts, having time to migrate back to WordPress or switch to something else like Ghost.
I also figure that since Google has had plenty of opportunity to end Blogger — like during the deconstruction of Google+ — yet after all these years still hasn’t, then maybe Blogger is here to stay.
Simplicity, Flexibility, Affordability
The biggest reason why I choose Blogger is the same as before: it’s simple.
Four Reasons Why I Chose Blogger – February 7, 2017
Blogger as a platform is all I need, nothing more. It’s minimal and enough. It’s also flexible and “free.” I can edit the HTML if I wish, and it costs no money.
The fact that Google owns Blogger doesn’t bother me. Google has stewarded it well enough all these years. And since I frequent YouTube that’s owned by Google, why not also enjoy Blogger?
Since 2018, WordPress has been increasingly block-based. But at Blogger, I can work with text in a WYSIWYG editor for posts and pages. Love it. No more blocks, thank you.
Is this a crazy move? Did you use Blogger back in the day?
2 thoughts on “Choosing Blogger In 2022”
Hi Jason. Congrats on the decision. I am very much like you were a few months back: torn. I had a blogger site years ago—it’s how I first began.
A few things:
It’s tough to leave WP due to its community. But (and I don’t know if you noticed this too) many of the followers here at WP are marketing/spam-y accounts). So, maybe my perspective on community is too focused on quantity and not quality.
I have to somewhat agree with you about the block editor. I don’t really know WP’s intent on creating it but it eerily feels like they are trying to be more social media-like versus a real writing platform.
Blogger has always seemed very tempting and I agree with everything you say about it. Simple, free, and no more than what I really need. Ironically, WP has had more changes and has created more frustration with its customers lately than Blogger ever has. So, those naysayers who love to bash Blogger just need to look at the evidence.
Seeing someone else enthusiastic about Blogger gives me a little inspiration. I’m going to look back into Blogger and look forward to following you there.
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Hey, Brad 🙂
Thanks for your support. It seems that many people started on Blogger, which I guess shouldn’t be surprising.
I think I get it, the WP community is more active/present I think. The Reader helps with that. But yes also, most of my “followers” appear to be spam/bot accounts. But for sure, quality exceeds quantity. In “real life” since I’m an introvert anyways, I’m the kind who prefers one or two one-on-one type of communication. Extroverts tend to go broad, introverts tend to go deep.
As with anything, there are pros and cons to both Blogger and WP. If the overall weight balances, then it’s probably best to keep using the one already invested in, else flip a coin. What I’ve said is true, though, about my mind rationally choosing WP, both in March 2017 and in May 2022. But my heart has always gravitated to Blogger. It being much simpler is objectively a more rational choice though, so that helps.
And FWIW, I tend to wax enthusiastic about many things I’m interested in. So knock off maybe 33% of my enthusiasm to find the more accurate measure of what I think about. You know, like saying something like, “If the new iPhone is HALF as good as the hype, then it’s worth the cost.”
I’m glad I inspire you…to greatness! Haha. Well, to the goodness of Blogger at least 😉 If you join over there, awesome, the more the merrier.
I’d like to believe that, as most things in life tend to come back around each generation (like bellbottoms?) then Blogger will soon see a renaissance of popularity since it’s been around so long. Really, since 1998 or 99 – that’s a whole generation ago! Yeah, I’d like to believe that…but I don’t. I’m just thankful Blogger exists and is still a viable option in 2022.