I’ve contemplated on writing this for some time now and so yes, it is therefore a long post. So if anyone is interested in what I have to say about this, please read on and thank you in advance! :)
I found a lot but I figured that I could also do something like those and so I embarked on a journey to research helpful information on how I could design my blog on my own. From then on, I became confident with changing my blog’s design by playing and working with codes.
I've been meaning to write this post because with so many posts I’ve read online about blogging, quite a lot of them always say that a blogger needs to be self-hosted to be successful. There were also even some that mentioned “if you want to be taken seriously, you need to have a self-hosted blog..”
To be honest, I was kind of hesitant in publishing this post thinking that I may receive negative reactions and feedback but I guess one good thing that blogging has taught me is to stay true, honest, and open-minded. So here I am making bold statements about blogging as what I’ve learned for the past 5 years. Also, I was inspired by this post from one of my favorite bloggers, Dana Fox from Wonder Forest – Blogger vs. Wordpress: Which is better? What you need to know.
But like what I always say, people are always entitled to their own opinions and I like that most bloggers say that what they post are not hard and fast rules, they are general guidelines so no one size fits all. Now it’s just that I strongly believe that your blogging success is not based on the blog platform you’re using. You may or may not agree with that, it’s perfectly fine with me. After all, we have different perceptions of what success in blogging is.
The main reason I’m still on Blogger is that I don’t have to purchase and pay hosting fees. Months ago, thanks to Jhanis, I was actually offered free and unlimited hosting from the same hosting company she’s using now and I was so giddy and excited!!
I did heavy research and was so ready to switch to Wordpress because hey, I don’t have to pay anymore! I was so eager to DIY everything. It sounded so simple, I just didn’t have the guts to do it myself that time because I was afraid to make a mess and lose everything or lose myself! So if you who are reading this did it yourself, kudos to you!!! :)
Long-time and pro bloggers already know this. And for you to be self-hosted, you need to purchase hosting first. Basically, you need a place to “house” your blog. Using Blogger on the other hand means your blog is housed in Blogger/Google servers and you don’t have to purchase hosting, 99.9% uptime too! I strongly recommend to get your own domain though – instead of yourblogname.blogspot.com, you can purchase yourblogname.com and it’s not that costly.
I can always improve my blog even when I’m using Blogger. Again, that’s just me and yes I know that Wordpress is a great platform and it has so many functionalities that are not available on Blogger. It’s just that I don’t see myself using those functionalities anyway.
We never really know. I’ve also heard Wordpress and other platform users saying that their blogs were deleted too. So really, the key here and one thing we should all learn to do all the time is to BACKUP our blog every so often like once a week or once in two weeks whichever we feel is necessary.
If you choose not to customize your blog theme on your own, there are several pretty, functional, and affordable Blogger themes out there - try Etsy or Creative Market. You can even Google some free themes if you really don't want to spend.
I do hear a lot of Wordpress users who complain that their accounts are hacked so be sure to update your security plugins!
I think the decision heavily relies on what you’re ready to do and give for the love of blogging, or whether or not the platform you choose can satisfy the purpose of your blog in terms of functionalities. How would you like it to function? Is it possible using Blogger? Wordpress? Maybe Tumblr or Typepad?
Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, you can always use the platform you love as long as you know what you’re doing or you’re willing to pay some fees if anything goes wrong that’s out of your scope. I have lots of favorite bloggers too who are using Blogger and they are successful in their own ways. YES, they are definitely taken seriously because of their great content.
Update: I'm getting asked about these a lot.
1. Yes, you can have ads on Blogger-hosted blogs. You can write sponsored/paid posts too.
2. Yes, you can change the URL or permalink of your post but the month and year will be retained as well as the .html at the end of the URL.