As I'm finishing my transition from Blogger (a Google product) to WordPress.com (NOT self-hosted WordPress.org), I'm encountering issues I did not expect.
One is...the usage stats are still higher for Blogger than for WordPress. Why is that? Could be because what few readers I have still subscribe to the Blogger feeds. Woops! I just realized that the RSS buttons are not appearing on the home page of my new site! Well, this has been fixed. But, if you subscribe to both - great! But if you haven't subscribed to my Libraries are for Use site on WordPress.com, please do so now...here's the link: http://librariesareforuse.wordpress.com/feed/ .
I noticed that WordPress shows I have 33 Followers...it took me a while to look into that - turns out 32 are via my (now professional) Facebook. I'm not sure that really qualifies - I mean, just because I thrust my postings on my Facebook friends doesn't mean they really follow. But it is nice when folks mention something that was posted.
And what about my Google Followers? I thank you for adding me to your Google+ profiles. It's interesting to see who has shown interest in my ideas. But Google pulled its app for displaying Google Friends Connect widget for WordPress.com sites (although there is one for the self-hosted WordPress.org sites). I'm not ready to go self-hosted yet - so I ask my Google+ Followers to, well, follow me to WordPress. There is a Google+ share button on my posts, though.
Finally, I don't know what to do with the postings on this Blogger site. Some of the pages are still getting hits - particularly the Ranganathan pages. But replacing my content with re-directs would be both time-consuming and disruptive to the Google search chain. For now, I've added a note with the URL in the header of the blog. I'll check into additional moves later.
I'm not regretting my decision to move - I really do like the template, and I'm hopeful that the WP connection will enable my blog to grow. Any other ideas?
Thanks for listening.