Blogspot vs. WordPress: Beyond the Wall

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’ll be over here watching from a distance like Hawkeye… XD

I started wondering why, so I analyzed it, and this is what I came up with:

WordPress

  • 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.

Blogspot

  • 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. πŸ™‚

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?

(I’m not saying it’s this hard, but… XD)

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.

(Doctor’s orders…? Um, nooo…?)

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!)

(Of course, some walls would be fun to cross…)

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 Iβ€”
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

β€” Robert Frost

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30 thoughts on “Blogspot vs. WordPress: Beyond the Wall

  1. I think Blogspot hates me, too!

    I am not necessarily a fan of orange, either! And, yes, it feels a *little* silly, BUT, as you so rightly said, if it feels comfortable, we’re going to go with it!

    I also love the fact WordPress gives me notifications to my specific comment (not just all of them, which, like you, I don’t have time to scroll through). And the fact that, as you mentioned, reading WP blogs is so easy — even if you don’t have a WP account! That’s especially important for some of my subscribers, who simply don’t do the blogging thing at all, but they want to follow my stuff.

    It’s definitely WordPress for me!

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    • I’m sorry! *commiserates with you over Blogspots mutual hatred of us both*

      I mean, I feel weird saying it, but yes, orange is just not my favorite — I’m glad I’m not alone. XD

      YES. Just replies to your specific comment is very helpful, and so is the rest of that — which as you pointed out, is useful for the not-bloggy people who just want to read your blog. πŸ™‚

      Thanks for weighing in! ^_^

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  2. As someone who has no wall, I appreciate your sharing your POV.

    I think the reason I have no wall might be that I started on Blogger and moved to WordPress, rather than the other way around. I will admit that Blogger has a much less intuitive interface, and the difficulty with accounts can be annoying (especially when I’m on my phone, which won’t LET me sign into an account other than the one my phone is attached to . . . grr, why, stupid phone? that said, some Blogger blogs do have a name/url option; you just have to know how to get to it and hope it’s enabled). But since I learned Blogger first, I’m used to it.

    And then I started a WordPress blog, but I didn’t get rid of my Blogger blog, as you know. I just added on. And, honestly, for the longest time, WordPress annoyed me because I couldn’t figure out how to get to my feed of the blogs I follow. But then I figured it out and everything was good. And I do like that WordPress makes it so easy to answer commentsβ€” honestly, most things are easy in WordPress, which is nice. But I do think that Blogger allows for a lot more customization.

    So, yeah. I like both. But I can understand why you prefer WordPress. *shrugs*

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    • I was definitely wondering what your thoughts on the subject would be! Thanks for sharing! πŸ˜€

      I think it’s so interesting you don’t have a wall, and I agree it’s likely due to all those reasons… and having a blog on both sides has got to help. I think you’re the only person I know who does that, hence why I was curious. πŸ™‚ I do use the name/url option sometimes but then I don’t get a notification when there’s a reply and so sometimes I forget to check back and see it. XD

      I’ve heard similar things where people moving from Blogspot would be annoyed because they couldn’t figure stuff out. Yay for the WordPress comment system!

      Anyway, thanks for putting in your two cents. I’m glad to hear that you like both. πŸ™‚ And knowing there are some people without a wall makes me feel like maybe sometime I could become that way too. XD

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  3. I am a blogger girl myself, but I follow a ton of WordPress blogs. I’ll hand WordPress an award for the way comments are handled, because honestly, they are the best. I do not like the way blogger handles comments. I have a wordpress acount just so I can comment on blog easier. I’ve always found it really sad (and a bit frustrating) how seperated WordPress and Blogger are. Like Blogger people only tag Blogger people, and the WordPress people only tag WordPress people. At least for the most part. =P
    The one thing I’ve always found halarious is people saying there blog looks so much more profesional then the other sites, because to me, all Wordpess blogs look alike, and all Blogger blogs look alike. ;D
    So yeah, I’m a fan of blogger but I try to hop over the wall as often as I can. There are to many cool WordPress blogs to stay on the Blogger side. =)
    -Mikayla-

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    • Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Mikayla! πŸ™‚ I do love WordPress’s comment system. I agree it’s kind of sad/frustrating how separate the two worlds are. I guess we’ll just have to work on bringing them closer together and build a door. πŸ˜‰ Haha, it’s true, most blogs do really look very similar on either platform. XD I’m glad you hop over sometimes and thank you for sharing your perspective as a Blogger fan! πŸ™‚

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  4. I’m on Blogger simply because I found it first. I’ve gone back and forth on changing to Word Press. I like the layout and the way comments are better. I keep up with all the Word Press blogs because they come to my inbox. I understand that people on WordPress would have a harder time commenting on Blogger Posts. There are a lot of hoops to jump through.

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  5. I’m a Blogger girl! πŸ˜‰ I don’t care about the color so much, and I arrived at my decision with very workmanlike mindedness (or so I believe.)
    Back in the day when folks were urging me to get a blog, I did a search engine search for various topics and noted which blog platforms came up. Blog(spot, back then) won hands down with a resounding silence in the stunned audience.

    So I went with Blogger for SEO. Now, that is not to say that anyone may have ever found me through SEO on Blogger!!1 (I have no idea)

    But, another thing I liked is you can actually Leave Anonymous Comments on Blogger, so people with no personal email at all could talk to me. (It can be left anonymous, or just signed off in the comment, so I know who it is. I liked that.) That was valuable to me since a lot of the circles I am connected with are really internet leery, and their kids don’t necessarily have what it takes to ‘sign in’ to anything.

    So… that being said, I HATE how WordPress is always switching me over to Gravitar, and then back, and then not accepting my password, and then eating my comment… I cannot tell you how may times I’ve had something witty and contributive to say, and the hair wrenching with WordPress/Gravitar has destroyed it, and all my will to communicate.
    I give up and go away.

    Yes, there is definitely a wall for me. And WordPress is not worth climbing it for. I have often regretted not being able to comment on a particular subject, but the platform was too thorny to bother with.

    That being said, it seems I can comment on your blog fine, so what happened there? πŸ˜‰
    Anyway, next time you’re tempted to comment on a Blogger blog, try the anonymous version, and just sign off in the comment. It may be a whole lot easier!

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    • Interesting thoughts! Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚ I can see good points to the things you pointed out — like I hadn’t thought about the usefulness of leaving anonymous comments if you don’t have an email. Yeah, I’ve heard that sometimes WordPress makes it difficult for non-Wordpress people — I’m sorry it’s been such a meany to you! I feel that way about Blogspot’s comment system sometimes, and about the wall not being worth climbing over all the time, so I completely understand you feeling the same on the other side. XD And aww, maybe my blog just loves you. πŸ˜‰ Good point about anonymous, but some blogs I follow don’t even have that option. XD Anyway, thanks for sharing your thoughts! πŸ™‚

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  6. OH MY GOSH YESSSSSS! Our minds are so alike, because this is basically EXACTLY how I’ve perceived Blogger and WordPress for yeeeeears. What’s hilarious is I’m way more Team WordPress, despite being on blogger. XDDD I originally did blogger because I was oblivious to these things and the blogs I followed were blogspot ones, so I just thought that’s what I should do. And I’ve regretted it ever since. >.> One of these days I may have to switch over (though the prospect overwhelms me beyond reason, which is why I haven’t). But blogspot is so glitchy and makes things WAY harder than they should be! And it does eat comments, yes. Ugh. It drives me crazy. WordPress has everything so easy, like the follow button and the commenting and I love the like feature. Plus blogspot looooves completely changing things so just when you’ve FINALLY figured out how everything works and where to find all the features, they change their look and scramble it all around JUST ‘CAUSE. So yeah, in spite of having a blogspot blog for 7 years now, I am not a fan. >.>

    BUT, back in the day, WordPress was so foreign to me, and I never followed any wordpress blogs because I like to use the dashboard feature for blog following, and it upset me because I WANTED to follow a bunch of blogs on WordPress. But I’m not a fan of following by email strangely. I get enough emails a day, I don’t want MORE. o.o I like the dashboard feature. Fiiiinally it hit me. Why not use the WordPress dashboard like I do the blogspot one? DUH, CHRISTINE. So now I do, and easily check both my dashboards every day. So I’m much more organized about following blogs now and have worked out a system where I’m not having to scramble over that wall every day, like you said. xD I’ve made a little door in the wall that’s easy to go back and forth with. Lol!

    But yeah, it’s confusing constantly switching back and forth between services and I wish there was a better way. We are definitely prone to doing what’s easiest, which is why for the longest I didn’t even follow blogs that I WANTED to, because I was lazy and it felt inconvenient. But I’m getting better. Lol. And I appreciate you being so loyal to reading and commenting to my posts even though you have to climb that wall for me. I feel specials! <333

    Also I hate the orange too! :O I thought I was the only one. Orange is my least favorite color, honestly. #BRAINTWINS

    Anyways, this post was fantastic and so relatable! And I would loooove more "Fork in the Road" posts. That is such a delightful idea! πŸ˜€

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    • OH. Also I haaaate how with blogspot if you want to be notified of comment replies it sends you an email for ALL the comments in that post, not just ones that reply to your comment. It’s a pain. >.>

      Ahem. Anyways. Sorry! Sometimes I just gotta rant about blogspot’s ridiculous features. xDD

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    • I love all your thoughts! Thank you for sharing them!

      *laughing* That’s awesome we perceive them similarly, even though we’re on opposite sides of the wall! XD A lot of people start with Blogspot, it seems, which is not bad — it’s good to start wherever it’s easiest! — but yeah, it makes moving over difficult. I’ve heard it’s not toooo hard, so hopefully you can do it someday! I agree it sounds daunting though. o.o

      I can totally understand not wanting to follow by email either. I DO. But yes, the WordPress dashboard thing is handy and I… strangely don’t use it as much as I should. XD I love that you’re so organized about following blogs on both sides of the wall, though! I should totally emulate you and make a habit of checking both dashboards and build a little door for myself too. XD

      It’s definitely confusing, and inconveniences are… inconvenient. πŸ˜› And aww, I try, but I’m not always successful! *clambers over wall* *oof* (But I love your blog so of course I need to read it. πŸ˜‰ Even if it’s just with a periscope over the wall so that I forget I didn’t actually climb OVER and didn’t comment. XD …I swear, my analogies are so weird.)

      Oh my goodness, BRAINTWINS on orange! I thought I was the only one too. XD And I know it’s Peeta’s favorite color (I HAVE seen the movies. *cough*) so it must be other people’s favorite too and I don’t want to offend them but I just… don’t care for it. o.o

      Yes, having all the comments instead of just replies to yours is hard. Heh. Feel free to rant about Blogspot to me any time. XD

      Thank you so much! I don’t really have any current Fork in the Road post ideas but I’m sure I will at some point! THANKS! ❀

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  7. I’m definitely on the WordPress side of the wall. Partly it’s the ease of the thing, as you pointed out, and partly because WordPress blogs tend to look more professional. . . cleaner, and less like the design of a teenage girl (maybe I only think that because most of the Blogger blogs I’ve found *were* done by teenage girls?). The one exception I can think of at the moment, which rivals WordPress’s prettiest themes for aesthetic appeal, is the Penslayer.

    Now, my sister’s got a Blogspot blog, and sometimes I go over to read, but she’s got comment moderation on so my snarky ones never get through :).

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    • Yay, WordPress! πŸ™‚ Yeah, I know what you mean, and I do find WordPress more professional-feeling, usually. (Haha, you raise a good point there. XD) Love the Penslayer’s look!

      Oh dear, no snarky comments for you, eh? XD Thanks for sharing your thoughts! πŸ™‚

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  8. I do think there’s a wall. And I think it even goes deeper… because blogger came first… and there was this whole “blogging community” that was small and tight-knit and lovely (I was on the fringes of it using xanga before that ship sank)… and I think that in addition to comfort zones and convenience, there are also those who tend to see Blogger vs WordPress in terms of “old vs new” or “professional vs unprofessional” – I don’t think those opinions have much merit, there are plenty of wonderful bloggers on both sides of the wall, and plenty of awful ones on both sides of the wall. But I’ve noticed a bit of a stigma beginning to spring up around blogspot now that other options are more widespread.

    I’m actually a “hop back and forth over the wall with no problem” person! Which is weird, for me, because I tend to be averse to change and kind of just like things to stay the same.

    I did start using blogger first, and as a blogging platform I kinda hate it. I still have a personal blogspot that I use to update family on things or keep track of cute or funny things my kids do and say. It is also a lot easier to upload photos to blogger, which is why I keep using it for my personal blog. And I like that I can make the blog private and share it with a select few, instead of just tossing it out there for everyone… because the other option would be to do some sort of email newsletter and while I have cousins who do that, it’s not my cup of tea. I barely tolerate myself sending out author-related newsletters and it always makes me want to tear my hair out.

    Ahem.

    How do I keep track of the blogs I follow? Well… this is one of the main reasons I’m a wall-hopper… because blogger allows me to, without needing to know anything about code or website development, input a list of the blogs I read in the sidebar of my blogspot blog, and it moves the most recently updated ones to the top (this does not work for other private blogs, but I generally subscribe to those in other ways if I really don’t want to miss them). This also allows me to avoid getting gazillions of emails in my inbox alerting me to the fact that someone has posted something new. (I’m just not a subscriber…)

    Wow. I did not realize I had so many thoughts on this subject. LOL I’m pretty sure I’ve never really thought about it before. Look at you being a discussion leader!

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    • Wow, lots of great thoughts — thanks for sharing!

      I think there can definitely be wonderful and awful ones on both sides, yes. XD

      I guess it makes sense that you’re a both-sides-of-the-wall person, because of your private blog. I hadn’t thought of that! I guess that is a good use for blogspot. And I have to admit the blog list on the side can be handy… hmm.

      *laughing because sending a newsletter sounds so much more OFFICIAL than posting a blog post so I totally get what you mean*

      I get way too many emails too, but I just haven’t made it a habit to check on a blog dashboard or anything, the way I check email. And I actually get around this slightly by having filters in my Yahoo email that automatically put emails from Feedburner, Blogspot, WordPress, etc., into a separate folder instead of my main inbox, so I just go there to see if there are any site updates. So that makes me feel less inundated with emails. I love how we all have different ways we cope with and get around things. XD

      Haha, thanks! I’m so glad I could start an interesting discussion! I enjoyed reading your thoughts. πŸ™‚

      Totally agree on CAPTCHA being the devil. XD

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  9. I TOTALLY feel the same way!! It seems like I’m always having to make myself read the BlogSpot posts (absolutely no offense to all my wonderful BlogSpot friends and their posts XD), and it just doesn’t feel as user-friendly. 😦
    Hopefully someday, that Wall will be torn down and destroyed. Or at least have a big door installed. Anything to bridge this seemingly enormous gap, so we might all have blogger communion more easily. πŸ˜›

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    • I’m glad I’m not alone! I was starting to wonder if it was just me! XD But yeah, sometimes it’s just hard to get around to reading those lovely Blogspot blogs… YES, hopefully we can manage to make a door at least. πŸ˜€ Thanks for weighing in, Madeline! ^_^

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  10. Your gifs were on point for this post! This is a good discussion! I’d like to get WordPress eventually (I technically have URL but I haven’t built anything on it. I have the land just not the house/blog.). I’m used to it because the website I edit for uses it, so I’m accustomed to both. It’s just the idea of moving everything to a new site and possibly losing followers scares me. XD

    storitorigrace.blogspot.com

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    • Haha, thanks! πŸ˜‰ Oh, I know that feeling of having the URL but not having built things. πŸ˜› And I also feel you on being scared of moving everything over — I keep thinking of moving my blogs to a different URL and… nope, not right now. XD Good to know that you can be used to both. πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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  11. I used to be a Blogger person, but I agree that WordPress is somehow so much easier – as both a blogger and a follower of blogs. I adore the subscribe by email; so many blogs would get lost on Blogger that I just stopped keeping up with all of them entirely.

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  12. πŸ™‚ When I was on Blogger, I did things differently. I uploaded my own theme and I used the Disqus commenting system.

    What I like most about WordPress is, the WordPress Reader — a place where I can easily find the categories of blogs that I am interested in.

    Blogger is not bad, but it requires way more work to get your blog noticed on that blogging platform. However, when a blog takes off on Blogger, it tends to do much better than WordPress.

    When I was over on Blogger, I received an average of 1500 views daily.

    Here on WordPress, I get an average of 115 views daily (And, that is probably, because my blog is fairly new).

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