Goodbye Blogger, Hello WordPress (or The Fear of Change)

All great changes are preceded by chaos. -Deepak Chopra

To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly. -Henri Bergson

22 months ago, I started this blog on a whim. I knew very little about the writing of a blog. (Some would say I still do.) I started by picking on of my favorite photos from the previous year’s trip to Israel  that of my sitting on a stone wall overlooking Nimrod Fortress  a mountaintop structure located in the Golan Heights, within eye distance of Syria and Lebanon. I liked the picture as my banner for many reasons- it had a distinct sense of adventure to it, and in it, I have a contented look on my face that is brought on by traveling. I’s been thinking about the title for a long time. In the end, I wanted a title that truly expressed my travel obsession, and while I’ve heard many times how confusing the title is- I do think it sentiment is still the perfect way to describe my travel passion; If I’m not actively traveling (On My Feet) than I am bound to be planning it or dreaming about it (In My Mind). 

Me and my nephew Jackson- September 2012

Well, that should be the end of my sappiness for now. The reflective look back comes from my major announcement that in the very near future, I’ll be leaving my comfy home here on blogger and moving over to my fancy new wordpress site. As my loyal readers know (all 5 of you), I’ve been contemplating this move since last year. I really do like blogger- it’s been a simple format that allowed me to get my feet wet in the blogging world and to find out if this was just a whim I was going to lose interest in or if was to become something that I could keep my passion level for. I’ve been shocked at how much I have enjoyed it. I’ve loved watching the audience grow (and been incredibly flattered by that). I’ve met many, many kindred travel souls in this community, people I hope to meet in person someday and people I hope will be friends for years to come. I’ve had the outlet I sought to fill the gap from trip to trip. I’ve had a reason to work at becoming a better and more creative writer & photographer. In short, this blog has provided blessing I could have never imagined when it began.

Me at Huka Falls, New Zealand (post upcoming)

But, as the introductory quotes state, there is a time for change. As much as I do like blogger, and as scary as the idea of change is, the upside and opportunity for a more stylish, less limited blog at wordpress is a change I have to take. The decision to change is extra scary right now, as I am finishing another month (2nd in a row) where my overall readership jumped nearly 20%. 


Before being approached by Cez & Agness from the blog etramping.com, I’d hired one web guy to do the change (that didn’t work out) and almost hired another (that one was my fault for not having enough time to provide direction). Cez, through his company bloginstallations.com, gave me the best opportunity yet- He did the change quick, so I wouldn’t have a ton of time to second guess myself, and didn’t need a ton of input from me, which isn’t always possible with my work schedule, and the price for the switch was more than reasonable. Within 48 hours, he had the impressive working framework of the blog up for me to see. The finishing touches are being put on it right now, but my guess is it won’t be more than a week at most before the complete switch is complete. I hope you’ll join me at the new site. 


Thanks to everyone for their kind words and expressions of support that have helped me finally summon the courage to go through with this.

 

11 Responses to “Goodbye Blogger, Hello WordPress (or The Fear of Change)”

  1. Agness says:

    Your side looks grate Erik, keep it up!

  2. Ali says:

    Looking good Erik! Congrats on the new site! BTW now when I type in the blogspot URL, I still see it switch from .com to .de but then it switches again (all very quickly) to this site. Maybe my phone just didn’t want to cooperate the other day? Anyway, I’m glad you finally made the switch.

  3. Site looks great! And I totally know how you feel. When I started blogging on my blogger account back in November 2010 (while I was ramping up for my Aussie Working Holiday) I had no clue what I was doing. I did it as a way to keep in touch with friends and family. And somehow I managed to get sucked into this amazing online community that seems to care more about my blog then then people who should be closest to me. Moving over from blogger to self-hosted wordpress (on my own) in March proved to be a lot more complicated than I had anticipated. But now I think I’ve finally got the swing of things 🙂 I hope things go a bit smoother for you than they did for me 🙂

    All the best 🙂

  4. Site looks great…looking forward to your feedback as you well know I’m in the same dilemma…

    • Erik says:

      It’s going great so far. A bit frustrating getting used to the new posting, but it’ll just take time. I will give you feedback- when you’re ready (or should I say if you’re ever ready), I’ve got a guy.

  5. lola says:

    it’s a little painful but worth it!! cheers 🙂

  6. fotoeins says:

    Erik, I suspected you might go to a self-hosted WP blog. 🙂 Good luck with the change and installation – the future looks bright!

    • Erik says:

      Thanks Henry- I’ve owned the URL for a year… it just took some prodding to get me to finally do it. Lots of work ahead!

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