Why I Left WP For Blogger


Most bloggers, from what I understand, move their Blogger blog to Wordpress.org and never have a problem. Well, maybe a few. But that was not the case for me.


A year ago I moved to WP. I loved the format. But there seemed to be inherent problems from day one, that got increasingly mysterious. I had consultants go in and take a look, and they shook their heads and said: "I simply don't know."

For about the last three months, I have spent most of my time on this computer trying to figure out what the problem is. Trying to fix it. With every post, it seemed to just get worse. I changed themes, which meant more money out of my pocket I really couldn't afford. Nothing worked.

Overnight, photos would move over and be sitting on top of borders. Words would suddenly change font colors to a barely readable light blue. My photos would be sitting one on top of the other. And no one could find the problem. 

In May, a post posted on both Wordpress.org AND Blogger! Now how on earth did that happen?

So finally, about a week ago, I thought to myself: I'm always after people to take time to stop and smell the roses. And here I am not taking my own advice. 

I decided then and there that life had to change. And that meant getting off this roller coaster of constant uncertainty.

Once I made the decision, though I knew there would be work in moving back to Blogger, I felt relief. Like a heavy weight had been removed from my shoulders. I hadn't realized just how tense this had made things. How much it affected every part of my life.

I started the process of pointing my domain feed back to Blogger. Of course it had problem after problem. And finally, they told me my domain feed was lost somewhere in the nooks and crannies at Google, and might never appear again. A domain, Cozy Little House, that I have paid for through 2017. Yeah.

This morning I woke up and paid for a new domain: http://www.acozylittlehouse.com. Hours after talking to Godaddy I checked my domain account, and it said it would not transfer until September 29, 2013. Held up for security purposes for 60 days.

So back I got on the phone, near panic, and asked what the heck was this about. No one had told me this. After I'd emailed people and told them the new domain name, put it on Facebook, had people emailing me saying they kept seeing error messages. 

I feel sorry for the young man who talked to me, probably #45 in the different individuals I've talked to in the last four days. Because to say I was upset is an understatement.

Your guess is as good as mine at this point. I don't know if I'm http://acozylittlehouse.blogspot.com or if I'm http://www.acozylittlehouse.com. I've paid for it, but I have no idea if I'll see it between now and sixty days.


Back to the reason I went back to Blogger...

With Blogger, you feel like a little boat in a little pond. You wave to your friends as you pass one another. With Wordpress, you feel like a little boat in a vast ocean. Your friends are pinpoints in the far distance. It's just not the same somehow.

Sure, there are problems with Blogger. And I bitched about them constantly before I moved to WP. But here's the thing: Once you are a self-hosted blog, as you are with Wordpress.org, then you are paying daily for those problems. If you're unfortunate enough to have them.

Last week my host let me know that I was at capacity, and I would have to pay double for my yearly hosting fee and go to a pro status. I paid $230. It didn't seem to make a difference. In a few days, I was back up to capacity again. 

I called them and spent hours on the phone trying to figure it out. They couldn't come up with an answer. One of them finally said: "I think you wasted your money on the pro account. We just don't know what's wrong."

When I got off the phone, I said to myself: I think you're wasting your money period. With themes that end up with broken code you can't find. With hosting fees. With having people try to fix the problem, whatever it is.

But it isn't just the money, it is the peace of mind. And beyond that, you have to come to the realization that money is money. 

But time, you will never get that back. It is priceless. So I'm not wasting any more time trying to fix something that seems inherently unfixable. Enough.

So I jumped off the roller coaster. And I'm back in the little pond where I can see my friends and wave as they pass me by. I hope now I can actually have time to go read blogs, as it's one of my very favorite things to do. 

I hope I will have time to do projects, clean my house, pay attention to my dogs, walk outside and smell the roses while I photograph them.

I'm simply taking my own advice. I think it's about time. Don't you? I just hope I don't lose too many of you. 

I've told myself the past four and a half years is just gone. I can't bring it back. I might someday get segments of those postings. If Google somehow mysteriously spits it back out.

But to just stop mourning what I can't get back. Because starting over is hard enough. 

What I'm going to tell myself from now on is: If it isn't broke, don't fix it. You might be jumping into even deeper waters.

For those of you moving to Wordpress.org, I wish you luck. I'm sure this couldn't possibly happen to you. I think that to see all this occur again with someone else would be very rare. 

But I'm sticking to the pond.

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  1. Blessings!
    Good to catch your blog, again. :)

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    1. So glad to be back! In shallow waters!

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  2. I'm waving Brenda! glad to have you back in familiar waters!

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    1. Can you see my little boat? I'm waving at you too!

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  3. Your issues were just too crazy - who knows what was going on. Sometimes it is better to stay in the pond.

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    1. Like I said, if it isn't broke, don't try to fix it. Crazy is an understatement all the way around. I'm glad to be back in the little pond with you guys.
      Brenda

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  4. I'm so sorry you've had such a terrible time sweet girl! I still love my blog spot but you know I still used Windows live writer to compose every post I do! It has given me the easiest route for blogging. Sending you BUNCHES of sweet hugs today! Your buddy, Diane

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    1. I do believe I could have been in a segment of The Twilight Zone. I hope to be waving goodbye to that show and moving on.

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    2. I feel like we're all over here having fun like we always did! I love it!!! Hugs!

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  5. New friend following you over here in the pond. I think you just convinced me to just stick where I am with my float and enjoy every moment of my stress free blogging. Looking forward to your posts. LOVING the bright yellow background by the way, its so cheerful! Good luck in your new blogplace.
    Tami @ Curb Alert!

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    1. Thank you! I went over to follow you. But got caught up with the settings. Now will go back over.

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  6. Glad to have you jumping back in, the waters fine here. Occasionally there are some ripples when the big boats sail a little too close, but our friends are all around us to help us keep afloat.

    OK terrible analogy but what can I say other then I am glad to see you here, I missed your blog in the last little while, and I really truly want you to be happy where you choose to bloom. Smooth sailing Brenda, it's time you have calm waters.

    Hugs to you, hope all else is well.

    Jen

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    1. You don't have any idea how glad I am to be back, starting over or not.

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  8. So glad you made it back to civilization! I've missed you! I'll need to go and change my feed for you...not a problem.
    Now I don't know what all was lost, just POSTS or all your photos...but I can 'search' Cozy Little House' on Pinterest and I see you everywhere. So people have saved tons of your photos. They don't go anywhere...but the pictures are there.
    AND THEY MAKE ME SMILE.
    PAT

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  9. Ohhh...and ditto for Google Images. Pat

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    1. Thanks for letting me know! So I haven't been erased from the whole universe.

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  10. Wonderful to have you back! Now, do I change an address for you on my blogroll? I must check that out.

    If I had experienced half the problems you've had, I'd probably be back to simply reading blogs! I'd probably even be going back to snail mail and phone calls, maybe even smoke signals.

    What would we do without Cozy Little House? But now we don't have to!

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    1. Brenda, the bloodspot.com address worked for me in getting you back up on my blogroll. When I tried the .com address it just said could not detect feed. Regardless, you're back where I can see when you have a new post up!

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    2. OOOPs--obviously, not bloodspot.com, heavens forbid, it was bloodspot.com! So sorry!

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    3. Twice I did it wrong. What's wrong with my fingers or my eyes. Trying it again: http://www.acozylittlehouse.blogspot.com. Ha, it wasn't me, it was my computer correcting it each time. I bet you don't want to see another comment from me here!

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    4. Actually, I think I've had some blood sucked right out of me the last week. Hope to have some peace now.

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  11. Brenda,
    I did the same thing as you and lasted on WP for a year before I came back (I came back to blogger in March) for virtually all of the same reasons that you did. I think the only thing that saved my url was that I bought it through GoDaddy so I had an easier time transferring it back over to blogger. I have found that I have a hard time managing the domain names I have purchased through google. I am glad to have you back too!

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    1. I purchased my domain through Godaddy before Blogger ever started selling them! It got lost anyway! I won't be buying domains through Google. I have heard you should keep them separate. Still didn't help me!

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  12. You are like a computer rock star in Blogland! Reading what you've been thru just makes me happy I do not blog as I do not have your knowledge or desire to deal with all of that. Here's to smooth sailing on that pond!

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    1. I just want to be a little boat in a little pond, water slurping up the sides and making life peaceful once more.

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    1. Hit the wrong reply... A learning curve here.

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  14. I am taking this week off, but I had to respond. I just read yesterday there has been a massive amount of hacking into wordpress accounts. It was enough to make me glad I stayed with blogger. Happy to have you back. xo Laura

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    1. When I was on the phone the last time today with Godaddy.com, the guy who was helping me and I were conversing. I said I had more security problems with WP than I ever did with Blogger. Know what he said? He said: "Well, yeah, everyone knows that security is bad at Wordpress because there's money there. Blogger is free. I have a blog there myself and I wouldn't go to WP." Couldn't believe a guy who works for a domain company said that.

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  15. I must say, I was going to type "if it ain't broken, don't fix it", and was happy to see you were a step ahead! I would never make the switch. No way. I think we all need to look at blogging as a nice hobby or past time, and expect nothing more. xo

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    1. I fixed something that wasn't broken, and ended up with something that was truly broken...

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  16. I am SO sorry to hear what a mess this has been for you! I know that if YOU couldn't get this problem fixed (even with all of the technical support you got) then it must've been very bad. Glad to see you back to blogger though. I hated typing in my name, email, and website every time I wanted to comment. Just saying. I will have to update my blog roll with your new blog address then. Although, I'm not sure which one to use now. LOL!

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    1. For right now, or really forever, it will be A Cozy Little House and the URL is http://acozylittlehouse.blogspot.com When they drop the blogspot, it will still be redirected, if I can believe what they tell me. Yeah, you had to type out all that stuff for security purposes.

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  17. Poor Brenda! I know this has been an ordeal for you. Sorry WordPress didn't work out for you. So for after all these years, I'm still on Blogger. Hope all will be great for you. Will you get some kind of a return on your money? I hope so.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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    1. I got some of it back. But I spent far more I won't get back on everything else.

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  18. Sorry to hear all your challenges. I'm in your pond, too, but I don't know any other program than blogspot.com. I'm following you. Hang in there!

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    1. It was quite a challenge. Thank you!
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  19. I went into a bit of a panic the other day when I got messages that the links to your blog from your parties were not working. Then when I checked and your blog was gone I went into a full blown panic! Dawn told me what was going on. What an ordeal you've been through! You needed that like a hole in the head.

    I thought WP was preferred for bloggers that wanted to do advertising because blogger limits what you can do? In any case, glad to hear you're happy after dealing with so many hassles!

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    1. I don't know of any limits Blogger puts on advertising. Maybe you're thinking of Typepad or Wordpress.com, which do. I was with Blogger three and a half years before I went to WP. Although I have to start over, and that's scary, I still feel more relaxed tonight than I have in months.

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  20. So good to have you back, dear pal! Take a stroll through your garden, then put your feet up tonight, order in, smooch those darling pooches, and we'll all be here waiting for you tomorrow :)
    Lotsa luv, Andrea

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    1. Thanks Andrea. I do feel better about things, even though I just watched four and a half years of blogging slip down the drain.
      Brenda

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  21. We've missed you and loads of folks had sent me messages about you but I just posted on FB and twitter you are back and the link. I am glad I never left. I never wanted the fun of blogging to go away and I have limited time to blog so this is the format for me and heck I see big blogs on blogger so it can't be all bad. As my daughter who is a computer science major once told me, "Blogger is a google product and google rules the web so mom stay with blogger."

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    1. Well, I can tell you the fun of blogging had most definitely gone away for me for some time. And I hated that. I love blogging. Even if I have to start over. Thanks for helping to spread the word, my friend.
      Brenda

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  22. All that matters is that you're back up, it was awful not being able to hear from you daily. So welcome home.

    Mary

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    1. Thanks Mary. It's nice to be home.
      Brenda

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  23. You're back, and it's wonderful! I have to be honest - I'm missing blogger quite a bit!
    -Heather
    www.stringtownhome.net

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    1. Boy, was it a relief to design a simple blog header with Blogger Designer Templates! No fear I was gonna forget a bracket or a dot and have the whole thing get screwed up.
      Brenda

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  24. yeaaaaaaaaaa I found you..
    I was getting worried when you didnt post yesterday.

    I like blogger and to me- wordpress feels funny- cold and aloof regardless of who's blog it is..

    welcome back~!

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    1. Like I said, a giant mass of water with dots in the distance...
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  25. Wow, I think I may just stay in the little pond, too.

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    1. Kim, I think WP would drive you nuts. Besides, you're doing fantastic right where you are.
      Brenda

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  26. I will gladly follow your little boat back to Blogger. Go smell your roses.

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    1. Oh, I have been! Thank you, Rebecca! I treated myself to a bouquet at the grocery store yesterday that I could ill afford. I just needed some pretty flowers to gaze at. And most of the garden is getting sad looking, as they do here near August.
      Brenda

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  27. Hi..I had left comment on other site earlier...on blogspot.com..I am assuming this is the .com site now? I hope so! Good to have you back Brenda!been missing your cozy little house...take care! Carol

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  28. I will still be on blogspot for awhile. And when it does change to .com, it will redirect. But you'll need to add the blogspot for now. http://acozylittlehouse.blogspot.com
    Thanks for being my friend all this time!
    Brenda

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  29. Good to have your post back dear friend! It just wasn't the same without your blog to read daily. This blog looks like the old Brenda. Welcome back!

    Judy

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    1. I think I kind of like "the old Brenda" better myself.

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  30. Oh Brenda, I am so sorry all of this has happened! Amazing that you can work so hard on your beautiful blog, experience all the hard times, pay all the fees only to lose most of your posts, and still give us the sense that you are still wearing a "smile" across the waters...bless your heart! I'll be hanging on to the rope off your boat so I can follow along where ever the waters may take you my friend!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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    1. Thanks, Cindy, for your support. Actually I am smiling. It feels good to smile.
      Brenda

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  31. Nuff said by all. Welcome back my fellow guppie, welcome back to the pond!

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  32. It feels good to be back in the pond. Besides, I never could see without my glasses when I went swimming. An ocean seemed endless and scary.

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  33. I totally know what you mean Brenda. I had my woes believe me. I wanted to just throw in the towel after I switched over, was hacked, content missing, the whole nine yards. I stuck it out and stuck with WP, only because my bil is an IT guy and he came to my rescue as a last resort. Best wishes to you, I am sure you do feel relief already.

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  34. Hi Brenda!

    I did try to tell you that WP wasn't all that great and if it weren't for the fact that I have a tech person I would have moved my blog back to blogger :)

    Anyway, sorry this whole thing has been a pain but I'm glad to see you have a new place. I hope this gives you time to do other things besides work on your blog. Life is too short to spend all your time on the computer!

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    1. You did indeed try to tell me, Manuela. You really did.

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  35. Brenda, so glad to see you! I've missed you. Hope all of the problems work out for you in your favor.

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    1. Well, I figure the worst of this HAS to be over when you begin a new blog. Fingers crossed!

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  36. wow....what a mess. I've known several bloggers that went off blogspot.com and I asked myself WHY??....they, too, had a lot of trouble. I've been very happy with blogger...problems every now and then but nothing serious and nothing has cost money other than for picture space.
    So sorry you went thru all this...especially the money spent. I feel sure you will be good again staying with blogger.
    Good luck, dear lady.
    xoxo bj

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    1. BJ, you must have more common sense (and be a better cook) than most all of us. You're right.

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  37. Welcome back!! Do you still have your cozylittehouse.com? If so you could point it at your new blog. I don't understand how you lost that. Love you Brenda. You are right. Time you can't get back.

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    1. I don't understand it either. And no one can explain it to me.
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  38. Well Hello Lady and welcome back! Sorry about the money issues and all the frustration, heartaches and headaches!!! geezzz...hopefully it has all come to an end now and you will be able to actually EnJoY Blogging again! Welcome to the pond little boat! toot toot :0)
    Lizy

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    1. Well, you have to realize when you're throwing good money after bad. Just took me awhile.

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  39. Good to have you back! I like Blogger and will stick with it.

    I changed your Home Tour link to your new address.

    You should open up a Cozy Little House FB page/fan page. I am starting to like and prefer this form of following my blogging friends. My blog has one and I post on it everyday.

    Good luck with everything my friend and glad to have you back in the community! Diane

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    1. I have yet to figure out all the Facebook stuff. I would like to though. Thank you, Diane.

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  40. Hello from the little pond! I'll be adding your new blog feed to my sidebar and removing the old one, with a wish for you that from now on all is smooth sailing.

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    1. Thank you so much for your support, Laurel! Now I can get back to reading blogs. I feel like I've missed so much. And in the beginning, that was what it was all about for me. I want to sit and savor my friends' blogs again.

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  41. Welcome home, honey! lol I am gonna see if I can get you back on my sidebar again with the new url. xo Diana

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    1. Thanks, Diana! I'm glad to be home. Glad to be back in the little pond.

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  42. You have always been a VERY big fish in the little pond! Glad you have worked something out for your own peace of mind. Welcome back, and smooth sailing!

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    1. Peace of mind is a wonderful and priceless thing. Thanks, Jacqueline.

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  43. What a rocky road it's been, but now that you have all that behind you it's onward and upward. Happy to hear that you'll be able to concentrate on what you do best....writing, photography, and sharing your world.

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    1. Yes, that's what I keep telling myself. That's what it's all about. Writing, photography and sharing our own world.

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  44. I am just so glad to hear from you and see a post again. I know you have had a horrible time with all this. I'm glad you are moving on and will once again enjoy blogging and visiting. I'm putting your new location on my sidebar and following you in bloglovin. Sending you Big Hugs, Linda

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  45. Good decision Brenda, so happy you are still blogging!! Missed you.

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  46. Glad to see you back in the pond and I'm glad I didn't make the plunge into Wordpress. Sorry, you've lost all your posts...how irritating! But yes...onward and upward!

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    1. You just have to put one foot in front of the other and move onward. That or stand still.

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  47. I am glad that you are back up and running. As soon as I knew that you were moving back to blogger I just tried the .blogspot.com address every day thinking it would show up eventually. As the days wore on I thought that you must be having alot of troubles changing over and I felt so badly for you because yes...you should just be able to blog and enjoy it and not have to endure some technical nightmare day in and day out : )

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    1. I couldn't have said it better. Once the technical issues overtook the blogging, I knew, finally, that I had to stop and re-evaluate.

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  48. So glad you are back and I like the new page.

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    1. Thank you, Betty. I went over and checked Diane Knott's URL, as you talked about in your post. Is she somewhere new?

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    2. No she is not blogging right now. I sure do miss her.

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  49. So sorry you are having these problems Brenda. I was always afraid to try Wordpress, even though lots of folks told me it is great. When I lost it all at Blogger three years ago, after over three years of blogging, I decided to give Typepad a try. It is one of those little ponds in the land of blog, too. It isn't fancy and I do pay a monthly fee, which is well worth it. I've not had any real problems, but when I have questions, I actually communicate with a real live person and soon. No waiting and waiting for responses to my questions. So I am quite happy at Typepad, even though not many of bloggers that I know, use it. I still have the old blog/blogs at Blogger. After they suddenly reappeared, I have had no problems, with Blogger. I just choose to stay at Typepad.

    Hope everything works out with your return to Blogger and you get some peace of mind and time to smell the roses.

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    1. It's just devastating to lose what becomes a part of your life. But you rebounded, Pat, and I will too. Your blog at Typepad, by the way, is beautiful and filled with your incomparable photographs.

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  50. Welcome to your new Blogger "Home", Brenda. Wishing you all the best here and can't wait to read all your wonderful posts.

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    1. Thank you, Mary. And now I want to catch up on your posts. Love your blog!

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    1. Thank you, Penny. It may take awhile for some people to find me. But I'm here and I'm moving forward.

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  52. Welcome to your new cozy little house, Brenda, and I hope you will be very happy here from now on! I have changed your address in my sidebar....thanks for letting me know. I wish you a nice peaceful time for the rest of the summer...you deserve it!
    Helen x

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    1. Yes, Helen, I just want to sit here in the air conditioned living room and read blogs again. Thank you for your support.

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  53. I am glad things have worked out. I missed you terribly.

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  54. Welcome back Brenda! I hope it's smooth sailing from here on out!

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  55. Piece of mind is worth more than gold.
    Bliss

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  56. So glad you have come back to the pond Brenda. Hopefully smooth sailing now!
    Sherry

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  57. So very relieved that you are back. I had to use .ca instead of .com to get your blog up!
    What a "trip" you have been on. Rest well.
    Joy

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  58. So nice to have you back. To spend all that time and money on something that wasn't working would be so aggravating. Ugh! Looking forward to your posts on Blogger, enjoy splashing around!

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  59. I clicked the same bookmark I've always clicked to get to your blog. I'm sorry you lost it all. There is nothing dependable about cyberspace. I have a blog at WP and one at Blogger. Fortunately, I've never had problem with either. I'm thinking the problem occurred when you first made the transfer. Sounds like something didn't compute in the transition. Hope you have fun with this one too ...

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  60. Welcome back to the pond, Brenda. I would certainly not be happy paying for something that was always needing to be fixed. I pay to have my official (writer) website hosted and maintained, but I love the fact that Blogger is free and I have made many friends in my years here. I used to be in the Xanga community, and found it to be much more user friendly than Blogger, but it wasn't the platform for me, in the end, so I switched.

    All the best on your return.

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  61. I'm not moving anywhere...I don't care if WordPress looks a little better or has fancier things you can do with it...like you said, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. I've always been happy with Blogger and have never had any problems. Someday - maybe - I will pay to have my own domain name too, but with not working outside the home right - free is wonderful.

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  62. Glad I found you again Brenda! I was gone for 7 days, and when I got home, checking all of my blog post emails, I didn't see a ONE from Cozy Little House! I thought... hum.m.m. that's funny.. she always posts at least every other day.... what happened? where did she go? so I just typed in the normal www.cozylittlehouse.com and there you were! but there were a week's worth of posts that I never got! So I'm thinking, that the many people out there who WERE subscribing (like I was) got unsubscribed somehow when you changed to Blogger! Hope you can somehow notify them that they should resubscribe. That's what I did... right away.... and hope being back at Blogger is simpler, easier, etc. I really like Blogger... have not had any problems, and I like it's simplicity and yet can still do some fun different things to change the look.

    I'm keeping my FREE blog.. free is wonderful and simple is even more wonderful! WP always felt (and still does) to me very commercial and like it wasn't a real person talking.. with your blog as well as others. Blogger just seems more personal.

    I hope you do get your posts back.. I've been thinking of making mine into a little book, which you can do through several places out there. hate to lose it all!

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  63. I've been feeling bad because I kept reading that "anyone who is serious about their blog should use using WP" - but I liked Blogger, and I did not have the money to move my 6-year-old blog to another host or buy a theme, etc. (I think my 6-year-old blog means I'm serious.) Then one day last week I read that the REAL truth is that bloggers should own their domain but host on Blogspot - how often do Google's servers go down?? I was overjoyed, and immediately bought my domain name and pointed it to my favorite, friendly blogspot address! I own it, which makes that "Blogger owns your material" a moot point. Welcome back to Blogger, Brenda!
    ~ Kathi at oakhillhomestead.com

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  64. Brenda, I've felt so bad for you over all this time. Your blog is one I read every single day and boy, would I miss it when you experienced technical difficulties. I'm one of those who love our little pond and I'm glad to know you're back. I'll be waving at you daily as I read your newest entry!!

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I always enjoy reading your comments and having you join the conversation here at Cozy Little House. It is like having a gathering of friends sitting in my cozy apartment. Enjoying coffee and dessert, chatting and having a good time. I appreciate each and every one of you! However, if you are a no-reply commenter, I cannot reply via email to your questions or comments.

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