is moving really that scary? yes, yes it is.

Last fall I moved my three year old blog over to wordpress.

Yes, I was afraid.

But I knew it was time.  I was rapidly outgrowing my little area on Blogger and I wanted to take my blog to a new, more professional level.

I blogged about the rest of my reasons here along with some tips I’ve learned and some super plug-ins I love (which I could add to that list now if you ask me about it).

I was afraid and knew I couldn’t do this huge move on my own.  So I tweeted about my nerves.

And like superman, Japster appeared.

Ok, maybe not with a cape and a blue uni-tard, but he did start tweeting with me and dispelling a LOT of the myths and urban legends about moving to wordpress (no, you don’t have to lose all your GFC followers, no an ax murderer is not lurking in your dashboard…wait.  what?)

With all his smooth-talking ways he got me to follow him to wordpress.org.

And it was the best blogging decision I have made since joining twitter.

Not only did every single comment and follower and rss feed follow me to wordpress.org, Japster did it professionally and uber-quickly.  I mean, his cute little wife is a blogger, so he KNOWS how much a blog becomes our baby and how worried we get when it’s in the hands of someone else.

He was very gently, very quick, and very professional.  He also never let on that I was being ridiculous or crazy with my frenzy of questions or inquiries about making things just right.

It was so worth it. Now I have my beautiful blog and this lovely sponsor blog that you are reading!

So…are you ready to move?  Have you been thinking about it, but just can’t justify the cost?  (It costs less than you think, by the way)

Your wait might be over!

 Japster is offering a 10% discount if you use the subject line “Sluiter Nation” when you contact him here from now through midnight of July 23rd.

And that is STILL not all!

Japster has been generous enough to giveaway not one…but FOUR moves to wordpress.org! 

That’s right!  He is offering FOUR lucky winners his “Plain Jane” package which includes:

  • four page set up (main page, about, etc)
  • five plugin set ups (this would be how you get your GFC over)
  • three months of hosting ($3.99/month after that)
  • your domain name registered for a year (less than $10/yr after that)
  • install theme with limited modifications
  • transfer of ALL your posts
  • feedburner set up

Holy moly, batman!  That is the best win ever…and FOUR of you will get picked for it!

So how do you enter?

It’s easy.  Just leave us a comment here telling us why you think you need to move to wordpress.org.

Want an extra entry?  Yeah you do.  Tweet this: (but make sure to come back and leave a separate comment telling us you did)!

 WOW!  I want to move it move it over to wordpress.org with @Japster24!  You do too!  enter to win with @ksluiter now! http://wp.me/p1zZcI-3e

That is it.  Giveaway will end Monday, July 18 at 4pm est and FOUR winners will be drawn at random.

The Legal Stuff:  I did not receive any compensation for this review/giveaway.  I just really, really loved my experience using Japster.  And he is providing all the spoils of this giveaway because he is tight like that.

Comments

  1. Why do I want to male the WP plunge? Because I’m stuck on Blogger & won’t move unless someone helps me…. at a very nominal price! (Read: I’m cheap & lazy…and honest)

  2. Tweeted on the tweeter (@crowndvic)

  3. What an awesome opportunity!
    I’ve been considering the move for around a year now, but am hesitant due to the fact that I am completely tech-illiterate when it comes to things like hosting, plug-ins, coding, etc. It’s a minor miracle that I can actually get posts up most of the time.

    Plus, there is the whole cost thing, as that is always prohibitive in my world, as blogging’s not my job. This would be a great chance for me to make the move, and make it without completely freaking out.

  4. I have been toying with the idea of making “the switch” for about a month now! This would be just the thing to push me over the edge. And I have heard GREAT things about working w/ JP!!

  5. And I tweeted!!! @lilmissrysmama

  6. I have been looking and researching getting a host for about 6 or 7 months now and am finally getting the courage to do so. I’ve been blogging for 2 years and don’t have much to show for it and I think it’s time for me to take a giant leap.

  7. Tweeted!

  8. How funny, my buddy Rach and I were just talking about moving to WP.org, me from WP.com and she from Blogger. She actually recommended Japster via our friend Jen as well.

    I’m ready to make the switch, I think, but I’m looking for patient, helping hands to guide me!

  9. OMG OMG OMG. Do you know how much I need this? Just minutes ago I was chatting with this Liz about how I need to take my blog by the balls and move it over to WordPress now that I have finally obtained surferwife.com after THREE years of wanting it.

    Mama needs this. Badly.

  10. I am nervous about entering, but here it is. Am I ready for the move? I guess we’ll find out…

  11. Absolutely amazing giveaway. I’ve been wanting to make the move from blogger for over a year now, but I’ve been a chicken – scared to loose followers/subscribers, scared to loose comments, scared….pretty much scared about every part of the process.

    I want to move because I think I’ve hit the limit with blogger. I’m ready to be able to do more with SEO, and have more control over my blog (and there is always the fear that blogger will decide to just pull my blog, I’ve heard the horror stories), and really OWN my space. I’m also tired of the long outages and glitchy issues that blogger is increasingly experiencing.

  12. Oh geez…I tweeted it too. @roxisbrilliant

    I’m so nervous…but what an AWESOME giveaway Katie and Japster.

  13. Why? Peer pressure! Everyone keeps telling me I need to do it. Or when they see my address, they look down their nose at me disdainfully (I imagine via the web) and say, “OH. You’re on BLOGGER.”

    Plus, I feel limited on Blogger and have been wanting to switch, but I’m skeered. Like a deer in headlights. And cheap. And as a full-time working mom of 2 small kids, I barely have time to write, much less update my blog. It’s taken me a year and half to make the small adjustments I’ve made so far.

    Pick me! Pick me!

  14. Tweeted it!

  15. I am back to announce that I tweeted.

  16. We just moved one of our sites over to wordpress and I CAN’T WAIT to move my personal one. Unfortunately, being pregnant I will NOT do this endeavor on my own right now. I know it’s probably pretty simple, but I don’t want to mess it up 🙂 I’m due in about 2 weeks, so this would be a VERY fun surprise to come home to when I bring baby home! One less thing I will have to do after I have a house full of 3 little ladies – one being a newborn!! 🙂 And if you are happy with his work, I know I will be too! ~Shannon

  17. I want to move because it is just time. I have been stewing over this for a few months and talking to Japster about it on twitter. I feel like it is time for my little blog to spread it’s wings and head to WP. I think it would be easier to write, easier to edit and just better for me. I want people to be able to comment easier, for me to upload photos that are in better shape and just think that the possibilities could be endless! Plus, a new baby in September means if I don’t do it now it’s not happening until 2012. Gosh, I hope I win!

  18. I would love to make the move, but money is tight, and I definitely can’t attempt the move on my own!

  19. It is just plain TIME for me to make the move, but I am so scared to do it alone. I have been blogging for almost 4 years on Blogger, and I really want something more professional looking/feeling. And with baby girl on the way? I will hopefully be posting tons of new photos of her (and her big brother!) and I can’t wait! 🙂

  20. I tweeted! 🙂

  21. I tweeted… just forgot to leave a comment.

  22. I would like to switch because I’m sick of having an idea and then realizing I can only do it if I switch from .com to .org. I keep saying I’ll learn how to do it on my own, but since I’d be starting from absolute scratch with no knowledge whatsoever, that’s not going to happen anytime soon, if ever. It would be great to get this done without stress.

    This is such a great giveaway, thanks!

  23. And the tweet is also tweeted on the twitter. Thanks!

  24. ooh, I sooooo need this! I would love to do the move but I have zero tech skills. Seriosuly, my 14 year old cousin is teaching me how to use twitter. Kids these days… Anyways, I would really love to win this!

  25. Also tweeted! My cousin will be so proud 🙂

  26. I’m a bandwagon joiner… I started blogging because everyone else seemed to be, so I’d move to WordPress because everyone else seems to be doing it. Yup, I’m a joiner and I’m proud of it!

  27. I want to move because I’m getting tired of blogger’s glitches and maintenance and issues, but I have trouble justifying the cost when my blog makes no money and I don’t have that many readers.

    But I would like to change that.

  28. Tweeted!

  29. I keep hearing about the wonders of WP. And then I get nervous. I need a kick in the pants!

  30. Tweet!

  31. I need to move to WordPress.org because I’ve been considering it for over six months now and I need someone to get me off my lazy duff and actually do it! 🙂

  32. I need to move to WordPress because Blogger is hateful. And yet I can’t get away. I am in a dance to the death with Blogger and NEED TO GET OUT.

  33. Finances. ‘Nough said 🙂

  34. I’ve taught myself a very scant amount of HTML, and it’s not enough to keep even my OWN interest in my site. I see all the sites at .org and get jealous… might as well be one of them!

  35. Tweeted! (@dashingly)

  36. I’ve been on blogger for over a year and I’m ready. I need better plugins.

  37. Tweeted but have no idea how to reference it. @mecreaves

  38. Pick me! Pick me! I have also been contemplating making the move but fear is a huge factor in keeping me stuck where I am. I really need a bloggy makeover. My sanity is at stake here.

    Thanks for the chance!

  39. Just tweeted too! 🙂

  40. Thank you for this giveaway! I hope to win because I am looking for more stability and less crashing, but especially the ability to password protect posts. I cant afford to hire a designer and move to wordpress right now, or in the forseeable future, and it would enhance my willingness to start writing again.

    Sorry for the novel. You asked! 🙂

  41. Although I like squarespace I feel limited in a lot of ways by it… Or maybe I’m just dumb…. Or both 😉

  42. Tweet!!!

  43. I’m tired of all the problems with blogger. Plus, I’ve been thinking about moving to WP, but I know I won’t do it on my own!

  44. Oh this would be AWESOME! I have been debating switching my personal blog since getting a taste of WP through another site I work for. As I sit in frustration night after night fighting Blogger I know the step needs to be taken — but it IS scary!
    Yes, WP is the light at the end of my Blogger tunnel.

  45. Tweeted 🙂

  46. I’m ready to step my blogging game up. Blogger just isnt’ suiting my needs anymore.

  47. Courtney says:

    I want to have my own space, say whatever I want, and blog without blogger always going down! 🙂

  48. I.need.this!!!! 1)because I am about to take my blog big time and ‘go public’ as I haven’t yet and want to move before I do! 2) I hear wonderful things about WP but am terrified to do it on my own.. I’m easily confused and 3) all the cool kids are doing it! Thanks! This is just in time 🙂 Farrah dot Ritter at gmail dot com

  49. OMG, I’ve been on Blogger for SIX YEARS and am ready to play with the big kids! I hate the limitations Blogger puts design-wise, and would LOVE some help in getting ported over correctly!

  50. OK, this is just too, too scary. Plus, as I’ve said, the 46 commenters who came before me are probably SO much more worthy. But here I go… commenting. (With eyes closed I will now hit the “Post Comment” button.)

  51. I’d love to move! I’m terrified, but I feel like I don’t have a lot of options with Blogger. Plus, everyone that moves to WordPress says they’re so happy they did it.

  52. I tweeted! @toddlingchicago

  53. My blog needs a makeover in the worst of ways. And from everything I read, it seems WordPress is a superior option to Blogger. I’ve wanted to switch for a long time, but every time I start reading about the process my eyes cross and neurons stop firing correctly in my head. I do not understand hosting and plugins and super-stealth ninja computing moves. Help!!!!!

    That said, in the words of Meredith Grey: “Pick me. Choose me. Love me.”

  54. I’d love to make the move from wp.com to wp.org. I believe once the switch is made I will have so many more options & opportunities in front of me!

  55. Tweet has been sent. @angiekinghorn

  56. I’d love to make the move – but I am scared of loosing content…. the help would be fantastic.

  57. I tweeted @jenniewhitt

  58. I am terrified about moving to WP but I am equally intrigued. I am comfortable with blogger but I feel like WP would give me more options on how I want Mama Insomnia to look.

  59. Tweet Tweet @MamaInsomnia

  60. Bobbi Janay says:

    I have been toying with this idea for a while.

  61. Bobbi Janay says:

    I tweeted.