I’m feeling quite positive about WordPress at the moment. Just from that one global community perspective.

Maybe eighteen months ago, I found links on Facebook posts to a couple of people who happened to blog on WordPress. One English and one French. I created a WordPress account just to allow me to like and comment, and some time later I must’ve started exploring my Reader.

I found a US blogger. In fact it was one of Fandango’s Provocative Questions. Something to do with religion, an interesting question, one that I happened to have thought about myself, so I jotted down a short comment. I saw other people’s comments and realised that there was some kind of a community going on. At the time, I had been blogging in isolation on Blogger for a couple of years. In fact, one of the major drawbacks with Blogger was there was no such thing as a Reader, that it was nigh-on impossible to browse other people’s blogs – the most obvious of things – unless you actually started off with a link to the person’s blog.

I followed Fandango by email. I saw he not only had prompts of his own, but took part in one called Song Lyric Sunday, where I had ideas for my own songs, too. Of course, seeing his post was the tip of the iceberg on that particular prompt – I’ve since discovered twenty or thirty other regular respondents to that prompt. I started writing posts on my own Blogger blog in response to triggers I read on WordPress. Not responding to prompts, but if something sowed a seed… My overriding impression was that it was a pita living with both a Blogger login and a WordPress login. I could see the value straight away of having just a single sign-in, so the seed was sown.

It still took a few months mulling it over, but eventually I decided to switch my own blog to WordPress. Once I was opening WordPress every day I found out more about things like notifications, how relatively easy it is to follow other people’s blogs. And I discovered that blogging, perversely, is 90% reading, not writing. I wonder how many people know this before they jump in? That’s why I think that fundamentally, Blogger have the wrong idea.

Which brings me to the international feel of WordPress. I met a Belgian blogger early on. I guess in part because I have spent many happy times in Belgium myself, we have since become friends – I think so, anyway. It helps, of course, that their English is better than mine! When they post, I feel very out-of-my-depth, a world away from my own background, but at the same time the subject matter is usually something I’d like to understand better.

At the same time, I have met people from Africa, Asia and Australia – a far wider net than ever in real life! Just in the last two weeks, I’ve had brief, enjoyable conversations with somebody from Poland (thank heaven he could speak English) and somebody from Turkey (what a pity she couldn’t, but we had a little chat thanks to Google). Yesterday, my statistics tell me that I had sixty hits from Romania! Sixty hits from one place in one day is noticeable. If you stop by again, please comment and say Hi.

One of the things I used to like about working in London was just that melting pot of different nationalities. I happen to live in a place (now) which is very white, very English, it is not uncommon to meet people who have lived just in this village their whole lives. So it was good to go to London every day and meet people from … everywhere! I guess this site is like that.


  1. I feel exactly the same way Pete. The international flavour is wonderful. It is so nice to meet people from other countries. For me, as well, it is so nuce to meet people from different faiths, and to be able to connect without rabcour, but with a deep spirit of understanding. It is great,n i love WirdPress, and had no udea what I was getting into when I set up my blog. I learned as I went along, quite by accudent really. Gradually I got to know a bit more about how it worked.

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      • I am not religious any more. I gave it up but if people talk about it I am interested because my Ph.D. was in Theology and Sociology. So I do love to hear the take of others on it. I have not been to church in years. There is much of it that never worked for me. There is a difference between being religious and spiritual though.

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        • The only thing that irks me a little is when people say things like, “Through the strength of Jesus…”, or somesuch, and I just think, “no, it is through your own strength”. People don’t realise how strong they actually are. But, you know, if it helps then to make sense of the world…

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          • I have exactly the same gripe. It makes me angry when I have really struggled and pulled out all the stops and used every ounce of strength that I had and then be told it was in Jesus strength. It was like that with my cancer. I do have a Cross with all words on on my website but a friend did it for me and put it on and I didn’t want it but she nuggered off and I couldn’t get her to take it off. Hubby doesn’t know how to but I hate it being there and defining me like that. I used to be Christian. But not now. Too much has happened that has disenchanted me. I chose the desert picture though. I like that idea of being in a desert lol

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            • Okay. Go into Design, on the left, or get hubby to do so. Pick Customise. Wait for the thing to load. Again on the lhs, click on widgets, then click on sidebar. Rhat cross looks as if it is in your sidebar. Find one called “image”, click on it to make sure it is the cross. Aboth 4 lines under the preview of the image, there is a link, Remove. There you go, gone. When you’re happy (the rhs previews the change), hit !Save Changes” at the top of that left panel. If you’re not happy, or you screw up, don’t hit that button. Just close the tab or the browser, and your site will stay as-is.

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  2. I feel so too! I really appreciate the outlook and info that you can read from all over the world. I also like it very much because things are written from one single perspective which gives you a more personal or in depth look both in the matter and the person. Like with Corona it’s interesting to read how people from all over the world are experiencing it; how governments reacts and so on.
    I’ve lived the majority of my life in a true melting pot of all different etnicities and religions, I find that a very rich surroundings that learned me a lot. Now, very recently, I live in a small village, white and built around the church. You know, cozy but different. I’ve always liked different perspectives and I think WP is a good way to find them.
    I wonder how many Belgian bloggers you met? πŸ˜πŸ˜‚ If it is me, thank you for the compliments! I feel like I’ve learned a lot and my English is more in the forefront of my mind since I’ve started blogging regularly.
    Blogging is mostly reading, you’re very right on that one, and with that I find that it takes sometimes more energy when reading in English than in Dutch. I guess I read a little less. Most important remark in this post: Friends status established! 😊

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  3. You’ve hit the nail firmly, and squarely, on the head Pete. It is a community, and for most of us it is far more reading than writing. May we all enjoy it for many years to come, and please, please, please WordPress – Do not mess around with it too much!

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  4. Thanks, Pete, for what appears to be a shoutout, of sorts, to my blog as the initial stimulus to get you to consider moving from Blogger to WordPress. I’m so glad you did, as I found it it incredibly cumbersome to read and comment on Blogger posts and there is no β€œlike” button at all. And yes, the global nature of the WordPress community is remarkable.

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    • That was one of my main reasons for moving. That, and I think Blogger missed a big trick by not promoting blogger-to-blogger interaction. I have since found the vsame – a guy left me a lovely comment on my SLS, said he’d also written a post (that I couldn’t find). I found it eventually when he posted a blogger link. Which was fine, but how was I supposed to remember the blog for the next week?

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    • I could live with the technical differences, but yeah, I found Blogger to be the better editor. It was closer to the raw html, which suited me. But just having that different id meant that I couldn’t really get involved in any wp prompts.


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