First off, if you are reading Raising Arrows in a reader or via email, you have probably wondered why in the world you keep getting a multitude of my old posts over and over and over and…
If you decided I’d lost my mind and ditched me, I don’t blame you. If you stuck with me…THANKS A MILLION!
Some of you know the agonizing I have done over moving to WordPress. I even mentioned it in a BlogFrog discussion. Honestly, what held me back in the end was not the money as much as it was the memories.
You see, I had just moved to Blogger when Emily died. I will never forget writing that agonizing post just 2 days after her death. I will never forget how “Be Thou My Vision” by David Nevue played in the background of my blog as I bawled my eyes out again and again. Even though things changed on my blog over the next couple of years, I still hung on to the fact that Blogger was where I was when Emily died. I knew Blogger. We were old friends, and all the troubles others said they were experiencing there I managed to avoid.
That is, until I broke my blog.
After that, trouble came and kept coming, until I was swimming a sea of trouble. People couldn’t comment, comments were disappearing, certain browsers thought my site ought to be arranged in a crazy fashion, and the list goes on and on.
Meanwhile, my husband and I did some talking and decided to go ahead and pay for a designer to move me to WordPress. I had a lot reasons to make the move, but the ones that stood out are the ones that involve you…my readers. Because all of you are a big part of my decision to move, I wanted to share with you some things you’ll find here at Raising Arrows now that the move is complete:
1. Threaded comments. Yes, I know Disqus has them, but sometimes Disqus can be a pain. Here, all I had to do was press a button on my dashboard and suddenly I can reply to each and every comment and you don’t have to sort through to see how I replied to someone’s question.
2. Replies to your comment via email. For a while I was having trouble with this one, but I think I have the right plugin now. Basically, what this does is sends you an email when I reply to your comment on the blog. I love that! I try so hard to email those of you who have email addresses available, but sometimes I want those who read the blog to be able to read my reply to you as well (don’t worry…your email address is totally secure and never visible to others). Now I have the best of both worlds and I only have to reply once!
3. CommentLuv. I LOVE seeing what your latest blog post was. I am fascinated by all the different ideas and topics people who comment here write on. And I want you to have the opportunity to get some traffic from other bloggers who see a post of yours that piques their interest.
So, those are the biggies for me. I love dialoguing with people and moving here to WordPress afforded me a better way to do just that.
Yes, there are still kinks to be worked out here and I still have lots to learn, but through it all I’ve realized what has mattered to me all along wasn’t the place I was blogging at, but the people I was blogging with. There are many of you who have been here from the painful beginning, and there are those of you who have just arrived. I adore each and every one of you and the comments you leave and the time you take to meet me, cry with me, laugh with me, journey with me.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.