Anyway, let me apply my constraint satisfaction model to this issue. I suppose this is one way in which people can understand how I think, how I process things, how I make decisions.
There are two competing conclusions: staying in Blogger/Google, and switching to WordPress. Here are the following arguments for both.
- I can access my blog and post entries virtually anywhere: all I need is an Internet connection.
- There won't be any hardware/software problems: the server won't crash, and hosting is not a problem.
- I can make drafts and save them online: do you really think I upload those photos every day I write a blog entry?
- I do not have to pay for hosting: the only thing I pay for in the operation of this blog is the web domain, which I own for 3 years now.
- I can schedule entries to be published: I can write them beforehand and then just schedule the publishing process.
- I can edit previous blog posts, which are useful when I make reference pages, where I date them pretty far back and store links on them, like my book review page for example.
- I am already familiar with how the procedure works: I do not need to learn new code or other gadgets when publishing my blog entries.
- Comment moderation is a good thing: I have had no problems with them so far.
- Themes are easy to switch: there are now plenty of XML themes available on the Internet, and all one needs to do is to personalize them.
- Apparently, everyone else is using them.
- Everyone thinks they are great, (but I don't know why).
- By switching to WordPress, one breaks free from the monopoly of Blogger/Google.
Okay, obviously, I am not motivated to make the switch. If I assign weights to the above opposing constraints, staying in Blogger/Google wins. Does WordPress do the same things that I appreciate in Blogger/Google? If so, then I need something more in order to make the switch. As Thomas Kuhn once said in his 1962 book The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, in order to induce a paradigm shift, one must show that not only is the new paradigm different from the old one, but also better. So, is WordPress really better than Blogger/Google? If it is, then I invite those who use it to enlighten me.
I suppose to start, let me pose a rather bizarre question: is there a difference between WordPress.org and WordPress.com? Are they related? Why do I need to download it? Does that mean that I can only publish using my own machine? Who will be hosting my blog? Do I have to pay for hosting?
So yeah, those are just the little questions that I have with respect to WordPress. And so far, I am not convinced.
If I see that the benefits are indeed enormous, then I would see whether I would shift or not. I am not assuming that WordPress handle all the things that I want with a blog. WordPress may not be able to handle one or two of the things I enumerated above that Blogger/Google can handle, but if WordPress has other stuff that outweighs that deficiency, then I would consider it. It's all about weighing the constraints and seeing how all the weights add up. By the way, the arguments listed above in favor of Blogger/Google are listed in order of importance, the most important one for me (and therefore the one with highest weight) is mentioned first.
So, will there be a paradigm shift in this blog?