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My WordPress for Dummies Adventure – Part 2

One of the main things that bloggers get concerned about is losing subscribers whenever they transition from one blogging platform to another.  That certainly was a concern for me.  I read several different blogs about ways to keep your followers during the transition and I thought that I had it all down pat.

Well, after I transferred everything over from Blogger to WordPress, I noticed that one of my feeds was not working.  This feed in particular contained almost half of my blog readers!

I use Feedburner to manage my feeds.  That way, I can see information for all of my subscribers in one place.  The problem with Feedburner is that if something goes wrong, there is no one to contact if you run into a catastrophe like I did.  You have to scan help forum after help forum and most likely, you will not be able to get the right answer, as everyone’s situation is different.  After about 20 hours of online research, trying solutions that I made up in my head, and much prayer, I figured out what my problem was and got the feed going again.

Some of you may have noticed what was going on because one of my feeds resent the last ten posts that I wrote.  If that happened to you, please forgive me. 🙂

It took a while to get used to the layout for WordPress.  For some reason, I had a hard time finding the “Insert Picture” button.  It was tiny and hidden under another section. I learned the hard way that inserting YouTube videos require a certain kind of plugin.

There are many options for free themes in WordPress.  I like to change the look of my blog pretty often, so I’m not sure if I want to pay for a theme.  This theme works for now, but there are a few things that I would like to customize or change.

The last hurdle was getting my Google Friends Connect button to show up.  I found a wonderful tutorial by Just Another Mom of 2 that explained the process perfectly.

Here is a list of Blogger to WordPress tutorials that I found to be helpful:

The New Ultimate Guide to Migrating from Blogger to WordPress

A WordPress Quick Start Guide – WordPress Hosting and Installation

What Plugins Should I Use?

I hope that I answered all of your questions for those of you thinking about making the switch.  If not, leave me a comment with your question.

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  • Emily @ Live Renewed July 21, 2010, 10:42 PM

    I just made the leap from blogger to WP this week! And I lost over half of my subscribers on Feedburner. 🙁 I know, like you said, that each case is different, but I’m wondering what fixed the problem for you?
    I have to say that I love WP though and do not regret making the switch, I’m sure my subscriber numbers will catch back up soon enough!

    • Christian Mommy Writer July 22, 2010, 11:40 AM

      I just sent you an email detailing what I did. Let me know if you have any questions!

      • Jamie April 3, 2012, 12:28 PM

        I lost about half of mine too! Can you email me what you did? :/ I’m just so confused. I did everything right in terms of what tutorials said.

  • Steph July 12, 2010, 5:45 PM

    ANd…it works! I just clicked here from Allied Moms! Wooohoo! =)

    • Christian Mommy Writer July 12, 2010, 6:28 PM

      Thanks! Glad it’s working now!

  • Lindsey (aka modchik) July 11, 2010, 1:08 AM

    stopping by from SITS – I think in the end you’ll LOVE WP and never look back – the plugins alone make it so worth while. I think your site looks great – nice job!

    • Christian Mommy Writer July 11, 2010, 10:05 PM

      Thanks Lindsey! I’m really liking WP and the SEO capabilities are great!

  • Lizzie July 9, 2010, 10:43 AM

    I don’t know that I am ready to make the move from blogger yet, it’s a little scary. I’ve bookmarked your post though, thanks for the help! Stopped by from SITS, TGIF. 🙂

  • I'm a full-time mummy July 9, 2010, 3:30 AM

    I too recntly switched out of Blogger but I’ve never been a fan of WP so I’m now hosting my own blog domain using the customisable blog template and designed all the images and layout by myself to save $. I wrote a tutorial about Gravatar (http://www.imafulltimemummy.com/post/2010/07/07/What-is-Gravatar.aspx) recently to share what I learned while I was migrating out of Blogger.

    ( I’m a full-time mummy )

  • Kara July 9, 2010, 12:47 AM

    Visiting from SITS. I just switched to Wordpress, so I appreciate these tips. I’ll have to check out those links. 🙂

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