There are many features of WordPress that I love. In terms of social media platforms, though, the advantages are clear.
It’s more meaningful than Facebook.
The content on WordPress – and I assume on other blogging platforms – is as varied and interesting as you’ll ever find. Books, history, poetry, literature, Indie authors, self publishing, photography, travel, food, music… you name it, there are multiple blogs right there waiting to be discovered and read. There is no end to the talent in this place.
There’s no clickbait, drivel or game requests.
You can engage exactly as one does on Facebook.
You can like a post, you can leave a comment. You can even like as many posts as you want to, and WordPress won’t stop you from doing so. How’s that for a positive, helpful algorithm?
Sharing posts is easy.
What’s on WordPress doesn’t have to stay on WordPress.
With one click, you can share posts on WordPress using the reblog function, or directly onto any of the other social media platforms.
Going ad-free with a custom domain is cheap and easy.
It doesn’t cost much to have your own domain name that adds to your personal branding, and eliminate all advertising from your blog altogether. It works out even cheaper if you pay for two or three years instead of one, and as a business expense, you can claim it as a tax deduction. This can be done from the WordPress menu, so you don’t even have to Google how to do it.
Sorry, though – wordynerdbird.com and mrbooksquirrel.blog are already taken. Have fun thinking up something cooler!
There is no instant messenger, nor is there an inbox.
There are benefits to not being quite so available all the time.
I know. It’s a shocking thought, but I’m brave enough to say it.
Many bloggers do have links to their other social media accounts on their blog, so you can still send a personal message or have a conversation there if you wish to.
There’s no drama.
Well… there might be on some political blogs, or perhaps some celebrity ones, I suppose. I don’t follow or read those, so I wouldn’t know.
Generally, though, you follow and read what you want to, and the rest sail blissfully past without even making a blip on your radar.
Block style formatting.
I found using the new “blocks” editor intimidating for about half a day, and have absolutely loved it ever since. It makes designing a great-looking post super easy. If you don’t like where an image or some other content is, you can move it around without fuss. Need a sub-heading? No problem. Formatting a list? Easy as. You can even save a particular block as a reusable one, so you can add it to subsequent posts with one click. This is great for themes and otherwise related posts.
The Reader page on WordPress is brilliant.
It lists all the posts from the blogs you follow, so that you can scroll through and see what’s on offer. It means that people who follow your blog will actually be able to see when you make a new post, and click through to read it with ease.
If you want to find something new, you can search for a topic or click on the “Discover” tab.
There are, however, just a couple of things that frustrate me.
As I commented yesterday, I wish it were easier to get people to engage and respond. Perhaps they don’t perceive the value of that like they do on other social media platforms. Perhaps it’s a different type of audience. I just don’t know what the answer is there.
The WordPress app.
While the website uses “blocks” for content, the app is a dinosaur. Editing a post using the app is a nightmare because of the different formatting – you have to convert it from blocks to “classic” and it all just ends up looking wrong.
It’s disappointing, because an outfit as big and professional as WordPress should be able to furnish their users with an app that is easy to use and which fully complements the website editor.
Consequently, I do all my posting via the website, even on my iPad or phone. It’s far easier and the results are better.
WordPress wins, hands down. With just a little more audience interaction, it would be darn near perfect.