Chances are, whether you’re a blogger or a blog reader or both, you’re probably either a Blogspot person or a WordPress person.
This can be as simple as which platform you prefer to use because you’re used to it, but I think it goes beyond that, into what I call “the Other Side of the Wall” problem.
In my mind, I see the internet as a kind of 3D map of digital space, and I group certain sites and things together — some near, some far. The farther ones take more effort to bother to visit or deal with. My email is the closest, because I use it the most. Then I’ve got various next-closest ones, radiating out from each other: other emails I check, Goodreads, my blog, other social media… And then, mixed in among the rest, there are blogs.
I realized that there’s a sort of “wall” in my 3D digital space of internet map. WordPress blogs are on this side of it, and Blogspot blogs are on the other side.
I started wondering why, so I analyzed it, and this is what I came up with:
- I learned to use WordPress first, so it’s just familiar.
- WordPress seems more straightforward to me. (Blogspot still confuses me. I’m sure to some others it’s the reverse, but I’m just saying.)
- Commenting on WordPress blogs required email/name and that’s it. This was helpful to me starting out before I had a gmail account.
- I’m always signed in to my WordPress account, which makes things easy, but even if I’m on a different computer and don’t want to bother signing in, I can still comment just with name/email.
- I subscribe to blogs via email or I won’t notice them, and when I get WordPress posts in my email it has the post title in the email title, so I immediately can tell if I’d be interested in it.
- WordPress just has a more refreshing feeling to me with the blue/white.
- When I started blog reading, I didn’t have a gmail address or Blogger account so I couldn’t always comment on those.
- Blogger often eats my comments. (It just hates me, okay? XD)
- Now that I DO have a gmail/blogger account, I have to be signed in to that in order to comment. Which might not sound like a big deal, as opposed to the WordPress account above, BUT if I need to be signed in to another gmail account for work/etc., it’s just a PAIN to have to go sign in to the right one (and I’d probably lose my comment in the meantime…).
- Some Blogspot blogs don’t have subscribe by email options, and when they do, the posts don’t have titles in the email subject (just the blog title) which makes me much less likely to click it if I’m busy and don’t know if I have time to read aaall the blogs right then.
- It may sound silly, but I never felt at ease with the orangeness of Blogspot. I may just be prejudiced against the color orange. (Apologies to those like Peeta who love it, but despite my love orange-flavored things, the color itself is Not My Favorite).
- No, Captcha, I’m not a robot, thanks. (One more hurdle to jump. XD)
Some of these are not all that important, but taken all together it’s just an issue of convenience and preference and what feels comfortable. 🙂
There are MANY gorgeous, fun, beloved blogs I read which are over on Blogger (*waves* Hi guys! I love you! ^_^) but — especially if I feel busy — I’m just much less likely to want to clamber over that Wall to the other side in order to get to those and then comment. It’s like there’s a bunch of barriers to get through. (I know this may sound silly, but bear with me…)
Whereas I feel like WordPress blogs are here on this side of the Wall, so instead of having to climb over it, I just wander along, pop in for a second, read something, maybe “like” it and leave a sentence or dozen in the comment box and I’m done. It’s just simple. To me.
Plus, I’ll get handy notifications if someone replies to my comment. (I know one gets those in gmail with Blogger accounts too, but that’s ALL the comments, and sometimes I just don’t have time to read what everyone is saying on a post. It’s sad but true. And if someone’s replying to my particular comment, particularly if it’s a question, I’d like to be able to see that without another billion emails, despite the fun that such a conversation can be.)
I just noticed some of the wording I was using. Like “over on Blogger” and WordPress blogs being “here” — and my point is that this perception goes deep. XD
There’s a Wall, and depending which side of it you’re on, I suspect you’re much less likely to cross to the Other Side to visit, read, or especially comment on a blog. Just because it’s more WORK, you know?
A lot of people who comment on the WordPress blogs in my circles don’t show up much in the Blogspot ones, and vice versa. Which makes me all the more impressed when someone DOES overcome the Other Side of the Wall problem.
I’m not saying one side or the other is “better” or “worse.” I am fully aware that both have their pros and cons, and also that it’s mostly a matter of personal preference. I personally prefer WordPress, but obviously everybody’s different. I’ve just been thinking of this issue for awhile and thought a post on it would be interesting to all parties!
The fact of the matter is: time is precious and very much in demand. We all wish we could read all of the blogs and keep up on them and comment on them all the time (I know I do!) but the sad fact is that this is often not a reasonable expectation for ourselves or others.
Another fact, aside from the time factor, is that the more convenient something is (or feels), the more likely we are to do it, and yes, habits and doing what you’re “used to” definitely plays into this. So if one is a WordPress person or a Blogger person, it just might not be as easy to cross over and comment on or read the other.
If we are accustomed to checking our Blogger dashboard (which I’m not; I forget it exists), or our email where we subscribe to all the blogs (WordPress or otherwise) that’s what we’ll do most often, and might not do the other one. Crossing the Wall takes effort.
Whichever is our usual path is where we will tread.
This is just a theory I have from what I’ve observed, but it’s possible this is just the contents of my own strange little mind. XD I’m curious if it’s true of you and your habits too, or not, so I’d love to hear your opinion!
Talk to me!
Are you a WordPress or Blogspot person? (As a blogger or as a blog-reader, or both?) Pros and cons of both? How do you follow the blogs you follow? And do you believe there’s a Wall between the two, and which side of it are you on? Or do you have no idea what I’m talking about? XD Comment below!
I would love to hear your thoughts, and I think all bloggers and commenters could learn from a discussion on this!
(If you’re from the Other Side of the Wall — or, you know, consider THIS to be the Other Side of the Wall XD — I understand if it’s difficult for you to comment, but I’d love to hear your opinions!)
This is a “Fork in the Road” post, one of what may (perhaps) become a series of posts here on the Road of a Writer, examining two sides of an issue.
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
— Robert Frost