After a long hiatus I am happy to announce a very promising move to a new blog and new blogging platform- I will heretofore be writing from interrobangknits.wordpress.com!
This website gives me the chance to blog under a new name, with a much more professional platform, and gives me more control over how my writing gets out into the world.
For bloggers who are interested in why I'm making the switch from blogger to wordpress, there are some very important reasons that I hope you consider when creating new blogs.
Blogger is an excellent introductory platform, and for those uncomfortable with blogging, computers, and the internet, it is an easy way to start. However, the flip side of its simplicity is a lack of control for the blogger. At wordpress, I feel like I have much more ability to customize, build, and explore the inner workings of my blog. A few of my favorite wordpress features that blogger lacks are scheduling publication date and time to happen automatically, at the time of your choosing, checking statistics in both blog views and syndicated views (views in rss feeds), and a clean interface with extensive control options. To be honest, I haven't yet discovered all of the great features wordpress has, which is more than I can say about blogger, whose controls are limited mostly to design, and can be explored in a few hours.
Blogger's one perk, for those to whom this is important, is that it is easily monetized- if you're looking to make money from your blog, blogger is the place to do it. In fact, when you create a blog on this interface, one of the creation steps is choosing whether to monetize your blog at that time. Of course, I am sure that those who are looking to monetize wordpress would be able to do so, but I haven't worked on that feature. I am less interested in making money off of my blog and more interested in reaching an audience with information I find interesting and feel passionate about, and all of my needs were met more efficiently at wordpress.
I have to add how disappointed I am that I am writing this post. There is nothing wrong with blogger. In fact, I love love love google, gmail, and all of its constituents- it just turns out that wordpress is a better fit for my blogging preferences. Sorry google :(
I look forward to seeing everyone over at interrobang, and encourage all of my current readers and subscribers to move on over and read and subscribe at wordpress. It should be an awesome blog, with a much wider range of subjects and topics- but I do intend to continue publishing knitting history material, and I also plan to republish and revisit a few of the posts I published here, on the university knitter, in hopes of giving them a second chance to be read.
Have a great day, everyone! :)