After 13 years at Blogger I decided to relocate.
Why? Well I guess a lot of things combined to make now the time to move. I had many old posts with small thumbnails. Half of those had broken links and so much content long past it’s prime.
Google announced they will end support for Picasa and that killed off the editor I used called Open Live Writer. I tried the built in editor but it is primitive. Then Google announced Google Plus will be also be shuttered. I thought given Google have a track record of depreciating platforms despite a strong user base just how secure is Blogger.
Amazon Web Services was recommended and the initial steps are easy with WordPress installed and running in couple of minutes. However every little thing built into Blogger has to be manually added to WordPress which by itself has little functionality. Additionally you are now running your own server and getting it setup is lots of work. (I would advise choosing a wordpress hosting service instead)
The transfer is not simple like all the Blogger to WordPress sites say. Most every post imported has messed up formatting, thumbnails need to be added manually, embedded videos disappeared, internal blog links all broke. If the weather wasn’t 7 degrees and rain I would have said sod this and gone riding.
But once I started and realised how much old stuff needed to be culled or edited I knew I was going to be spending considerable time fixing things if I stayed with blogger so may as well do as part of a move. So far I have deleted 150 posts, edited all my best road posts as well fixed up older Australian ride reports. It was very revealing as I got into things how much was far overdue for an update and so glad I took the step even though lots yet to do.
My visitor count on the old blog stopped at 1,627,463 and will now restart at zero. My Google rank whatever that was should continue. I was wondering about it all then decided I am not some ‘famous’ YouTuber or Instagram influencer so it does not matter
If you encounter something broken I’d appreciate a quick message. At the moment there is a mountain of internal links I have to fix or delete so your patience is appreciated.