Sorry Blogger, it's over...
This post is probably well overdue, as I've known I've wanted to move from Blogger for months now. But with final year of uni, moving, starting a new job, settling back into full-time work, a holiday, and being generally busy, I've just not had the time.
My blog is my hobby. I would love to be able to spend more time on it as I love (almost) every aspect of it, but unfortunately I don't make the money from it I would need to be able to justify that.
But despite still being pretty busy, and in the run up to Christmas with no sign of life slowing down, I decided to just go for it. I got myself into a rut with Blogger, I got fed up and bored of my design. Essentially, I had the choice of redesigning and sticking with Blogger until I found more time to migrate my blog, or just take the plunge and change platforms.
So here I am, typing this on Squarespace.
And I'm loving it.
But I'm sure you all really want to know why I'm here. So this post will be my reasons for making the switch. I might make some more posts on HOW I made the switch and some tips, but let me know if this is something you'd be interested in reading or not. But anyway...
This was one of the main reasons. I know basic coding, but not enough to make my blog look good on mobile with Blogger, and I cannot stand the basic mobile view Blogger offers. So I had the mobile template disabled, so you could only see the web layout. And if you had a small phone screen, like I do, it was NOT easy to read or navigate. This frustrated me so much, so I looked into different platforms.
Again, Blogger is so limited with the design. You *can* make it look good, I'm not denying that. And honestly I did like my blog design for quite a while. For a free platform, Blogger is great. But there are restrictions, and like I said, my coding skills were not good enough to further my design myself, I would have had to pay someone to do it for me.
Squarespace have some really professional-looking themes, and it's easy to design your blog. You don't need to use any code on here to change the things you want, and so far I'm yet to find something I can't do.
Like I mentioned, I was in a rut with Blogger and with blogging in general. Changing up the 'routine' and process always helps my motivation, and that's exactly what I'm doing.
I love blogging but I fell out of love with it, ultimately because I wasn't happy with how my content was looking. It doesn't allow the creative freedom I just needed with my posts, without a whole load of work anyway. So, let's give this a go.
Responsive and secure website
So Google are changing things, as usual, and with laws also changing, it's more important than ever to have a secure website with an SSL certificate. Squarespace offer SSL certificates so although a smaller reason, it was definitely something that swayed me a little bit more. I also wanted a responsive and mobile-friendly blog, for DA purposes and for ease of use for readers.
Now don't get me wrong, I don't hate Blogger, it actually served me very well for the nearly 4 years I was blogging on it, and for a free platform it works great. I would still definitely recommend it for new bloggers because it is simple to use, and you can have a good looking website on it, but ultimately I just wanted more from a blogging platform that Blogger just couldn't offer.
So here I am, on Squarespace :). If you guys want any tutorials or have any questions, feel free to get in touch as I've learnt so much in the process!
I hope you all like my new blog, let me know what you think of it!