Why I Left Blogger...

~ Posted on Saturday, July 3, 2010 at 1:30 PM ~

Now that I have slowly settled down with my own domain, let me tell you why I left Blogger...

Image taken from Google search

(*Image taken from Google search)

Don't get me wrong... I really, really love Blogger! I love the fact that it is so easy for me to draft and schedule my post(s), how their widgets interconnect and so easy for me to set up, the various free themes and templates I can use (well, I only stuck to the one and only I found when I started blogging after quitting my IT job to be a SAHM). I love how easy it is to just sign up and follow other awesome peoples' blogs and read their new posts in my dashboard.

Anyhooo, back to this topic. I was on my usual blog hopping routine when I stumbled into this post and I read on. To be honest, prior to that I've been toying with the idea of having my own domain, not because of stumbling into that post, but more into having my own blog identity. And also getting stressed seeing the long URL of my blogger blog (http://imafulltimemummy.blogspot.com/), I thought that the time is ripe for me to get my own domain, shorten up the URL and make it nice and simple. And then I came across that post. And it made me even more determined to have my own domain and leave Blogger.

Below are the excerpts from the post:

"If you're a "deal blogger" or "frugal blogger", and you like blogging, you need to move your blog. Now. Blogger has an ineffective system for finding and removing spam blogs, and bloggers are suffering as a result. It's not just deal bloggers, either. Visit Blogger's help desk and you'll see post after post after post from bloggers of all sorts with the same issue.
What's happening? Blogger's spam-seeking bots spider its blogs looking for offenders. Blogger doesn't give any specifics about how the bots "find" them, but my theory is that it looks for words that turn up commonly in spam blogs--words like "free" and "sale" and "cheap". Another theory is that Blogger's bots look for blogs by the same user which link to each other. When the bots find a potential spam blog, the blog is locked or, as seems to be more common lately, deleted without a human ever reviewing the blog to see if the bot's judgment is accurate.

Ok, I am not a deal or frugal blogger. But I love love love blogging. It is one of the activity that keeps me sane after taking care of a mischievous and super curious toddler. It keeps me busy when my toddler is taking his day time naps. It keeps me connected to the outside world. It keeps me intriqued to know more on what's happening outside the 4 walls in my home. And I've also developed a new passion which is to do product reviews. I started with book reviews cos I love reading, and then I branch out to reviewing household and baby products and life is good! It keeps me active on the mind and body!

Then read on the next excerpt from the same post:

"Can it happen to you? Sure it can, especially if you use words like "free" and "sale" a lot in your blog."

Oh wow... since I started doing product reviews, I do put in the words "free", "giveaway" and so on. I am at risk here! I don't want to wake up one morning and found out I was locked out of my own blog. The blog that I labored on passionately since I became a SAHM in June 2009. The blog which I nurtured, decorated and beautify in every possible ways. The blog which I defended and protected like a strict mother hen against those blogstalkers who easily steals my posts ideas, blog design and widgets. The blog which helps me made new bloggy friends all over the world. Of course, maybe I'm overreacting here. I mean, there are gazillions of blogger blogs out on the Net, why am I so worried? It wouldn't happen to me. Yes, this is what we always think when we see bad stuff happening to other people. But again, like I said, I have been toying with the idea of having my own domain, so why not?

Of course, I do surf and searched more posts with regards to the stories of peoples' blogs being shut down without notice and the more I read, the more worried I got. So, the rest is history, here we are, at my new blog domain and so far, I've been pretty happy and satisfied with it. Of course, it gets really tiring and draining during the migration phase (handled by hubby since he's more knowledgeable in programming and scripting all this stuff) and the designing part is done by myself - in order to save $ hiring a web designer to design my new blog.

But I guess, with my own domain now hosting on our own server, I get the total control on what's going to happen to my blog (other than the part of the hosting server being down for maintenance, most of the time there won't be any issue of my blog being down), I don't have to be worried that my blog will get deleted (unless I've got itchy fingers and accidentally remove something while tweaking with my blog hahaha).

There you go... if you have any further questions you'd like me to explain more, please drop me a comment, I'll try my best to answer and share my experience with you guys! :)

Comments (13) -


Oh, I know, I've read about people losing their entire blogs. I don't know about transferring over to WP, or typepad, and the quotes I've gotten to do this are over 300 and 400 dollars.

Money I dont have.

YOu and your husband did a wonderful job, it looks great over here. Very clean...

I'm a full-time mummy

Hi Alexandra!
Oh wow... 3-4 hundred is wayyyyyyy too much! From my initial survey, you pay less than $100 for the hosting and your domain. Then you have to look for the web designer to design your blog image (ranging around $45-100)

I'd be glad to help with the images for free but then I'm not confident of my work so better not... hahaha...


Your blog looks great!

Alexandra -- if you learn to play around with html (or css), you can do all your own blog design. I haven't paid a dime for my design. The only thing I paid for is my domain name, and a bit for the actual hosting. So it can be done much cheaper!

I'm a full-time mummy

Hi Jamie!
Thanks for dropping by and for your compliments on my blog! And yes, just Googled around for tips and tutorials on changing the HTML and CSS and we'll be able to customise a whole lot of things! I too paid for the domain only and I think for Malaysia, it's way cheaper! Smile

jeffrey goh

good that you move away early otherwise your content will be lost just like that but i wonder if there's a easy way for non html and programming knowhow to do a blog like yours?

I'm a full-time mummy

Hey Jeffrey,

Although I was a programmer long long ago, I don't have knowledge in web programming or even graphic design. The best is to look up in Google for tutorials and tips. That's how I learned to do myself  Laughing


I've been going through this debate over and over for some time now. It will start with my own domain. I don't even know where to go lol. But I am still doing research and any advice u can give me I would love!

I'm a full-time mummy

Hi Nicole!
Thanks for your comment in my blog. To reply your question, I think I'm going to write up a post of the things I researched prior to the big move out of blogger.

At least that way, I get to yak yak yak more (I could go on and on hahaha... but only when my toddler is asleep of course!)

So, ermm.. hope you could stay tuned and drop by my blog some time! Smile

Just Jennifer

I think leaving blogger is good for anyone who wants to expand on their sites. And getting your own domain is better for those who are into like... reviews and stuff. I have my own domain and hosting 'cause I like to create ton's of sites and I can't do that on blogger. Plus blogger is like... eh... not as much customization as id like.

I'm a full-time mummy

Hello Just Jennifer!
Yeah, I agree with what you mentioned! Laughing


Hey Jenny. Wow, I didn't know that about blogger. Got to seriously think about getting my own domain now too. Do you have any recommendations on where to get your own domain?

Jenny @ I'm a full-time mummy

Hi Germaine aka mom2kiddos!
Yeah, when I started blogging, of course I prefer to use Blogger, user friendly and lots of free themes and widgets to play with. But as I got more serious and have more passion in my own blog/website, this are the things that took into consideration - a unique/easy to remember and not too long name, how easy or comfortable it is to write up a post, what platform, widgets that can be used, etc etc.

As for domain, you can get it from any companies that does hosting and all. I got mine from my friend, if not mistaken I pay about RM50 a year, I have friends who pay about RM55 a year, it depends actually. That's just for your domain URL. You have to look for a site to host your blog (Blogger is free, cos it's sitting on Google's server) My blog is hosted on my hubby's server ;)

md kennedy

I have used Blogger for several years for a site where I just post travel information and have ads.  More of a "like to do" than a money-maker. I guess since I don't sell or giveaway anything I don't get any spam.  But a really good consideration for my upcoming blog.

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