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An academic's opinions on feminism, politics, literature, philosophy, teaching, academia, and a lot more.

Archive for the day “May 24, 2011”

Switching From Blogger to WordPress

Before I made the monumental decision to transfer my Blogspot.com blog to WordPress, I read everything I could find online about what this switch augured for me. When I first started blogging, I, as one of the most unsociable people in the universe, was sure that maybe three people in the world would read the blog if I was really lucky. Then, somehow it turned out that what I had to say was relevant to a whole bunch of people from all over the world.

These strangers’ interest in me led me to become more honest about myself. I have made huge strides in my personal development thanks to blogging. A fellow blogger admitted in a comment on my blog that blogging helped her drop the superwoman facade and start talking about who she was honestly. My experience is very similar to hers. The “PhD Vanity” post I published in September of 2010 marked the start of a more personal and honest kind of blogging for me. I was severely criticized for publishing this post on some blogs. Two bloggers used it to research who I really was and threatened me with revealing my real name (one actually followed through on the threat.) Long-time readers might not remember it as anything special, but that post marked the beginning of my journey to a more sincere, pretense-free kind of blogging.

Of course, when I decided to move my blog to WordPress, I was terrified of losing my readership. 300.000+ hits in less than two years is nothing to be sneezed at. (If in doubt, try to get 100 hits  per day on your blog and tell me how that goes.) I was terrified of losing my readers who were used to the previous format and wouldn’t welcome the change. However, after installing the redirecting code on my old blog, I had the record number of hits in my two years of blogging: 2,068 hits yesterday, May 23, 2011. And that was after just five days of blogging at WordPress.

As usual, there will be people who will tell me that 2,000+ hits a day is not a big deal and that they have made extensive calculations that tell them how only 5 people in the world read the blog. However, I have researched the issue and from what I hear, WordPress.com considers this kind of readership to be exceptional. So If you want to tell me that I’m nothing special, I will have to disagree. I think I kind of am, and my blogging record proves it.

So if you are considering moving from Blogger to WordPress, just install the code I linked to and sit tight. Readers will follow you to your new platform if you have anything of relevance to tell them.

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