I write this update amidst some frustration. My blog has outgrown blogger and I have known for a while that I need to migrate to WordPress. I am working on moving my blog to WordPress as I type, hence my frustration. This is a monumental undertaking, recreating my blog from the ground up, importing nearly 300 posts, and then editing each and every post to fix formatting, re-insert pictures, and assign categories. I procrastinated doing this because I have invested so much time hacking blogger to recreate the functionality that WordPress provides automatically. Now, I am wishing I had started this process months ago.
When I am done, my blog will look fairly similar to how it looks now, but sleeker. The sketches and general styling of my blog are staying. BUT, my blog will have a few pretty awesome new features. Most importantly (to me), my blog will be easier to navigate. I try to think of my posts as sections in a book that I am writing out of order. I want my dropdown menus to be like a table of contents so you can easily find the posts I’ve written on subjects that you are interested in. (It is actually the clunky, buggy dropdowns that I have to code myself and update daily on my blogger blog that are the biggest motivator for switching platforms). You will also be able to see suggested related posts at the bottom of every post.
I am trying to finish this move as quickly as I can. I am anticipating 30-40 more hours of drudgery before it’s ready. When it is time to launch the new site, my blog will likely be unavailable for 24-48 hours. I hope that you will bear with me during this transition.