A question for you!

Hey there!  I just had a quick question that I would really appreciate your input on …  
I’ve been thinking hard about making the switch from Blogger to WordPress.  This means a whole lot less hassle for me (eventually), and a cleaner, easier to use Better After blog reading experience for you.
This also means that instead of typing in BetterAfter.blogspot.com to get here, you would type in something less long.  Something like BetterAfter.com.  But, here’s a big bummer: BetterAfter.com is already taken.  Boo!  Yep, that address is owned by some lame domain purchasing company that wants over $1,000 to buy it.  Double boo.
BUT!  There are other options.  
Here are a couple I’m thinking about, and I’d love to know your opinion:
BetterAfterBlog.com  OR  BetterAfter.net
I’m ridiculously decision impaired, so any feedback you could offer, hit me with it.
One of the biggest advantages to hosting my site on my own domain, or whatever the heck you call it,  is that Better After would become more accessible to more people.  I know that lots of schools and workplaces automatically block blogspot.com sites, (pssh, why? Like working or learning is more important?!?) so this might be an advantage for you.  Not to mention better design, better functionality, and just better betterness overall.
Anyway, all of that is down the road a bit.  I will be sure to let you know when and how things might be changing, but for now, I just need to pick a name!

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  1. Just a personal option for me. I always pop in here but seldom comment. I have found that I tend to visit those that have switched to WordPress a lot less often. If you go visit some of the gals that have switched over you will see that they have a lot less interaction then they used to have when they were on Blogger- Just my personal opinion. Good luck on your switch over- xo Diana

  2. .net would be fine with me, unless a name change to muchbetterafter.com

  3. .net. But does that mean I won’t be able to readyou from reader or blogger?

  4. Anonymous says:

    I like betterafterblog.com better than .net

  5. I vote for betterafterblog.com or I do really like that suggestion of muchbetterafter.com

    Personally, I never remember to use .net and when I can’t quite remember a web address I’m always thinking it’s either just .com or .ca (i’m from canada). But, I suppose with the help of google and stuff people will be able to find you either way.

    Good luck!

  6. To tell you the truth i don’t visit the site very often.. read your email from beginning to end and always enjoy your projects that you display. I think that .com is easier to remember but .net would be fine too as long as I still get it in my mailbox.

  7. Hey,

    It won’t really affect me because I’m subscribed with google reader, but I vote BetterAfterBlog.com. Somehow, .net confuses me ;-)

    Oh, unless you want to expand beyond a blog someday, I suppose.

    Good luck!

  8. Anonymous says:

    I have no knowledge of wordpress or domains, our whatever you call that stuff, lol, but I will say that I think betterafterblog.com is an awesome choice. I think a lot of people will forget if it is .net .

  9. I also use Google Reader to read blogs so the actual address makes no never mind to me but I like BetterAfter.net better. Something about having ‘blog’ in the url that doesn’t appeal to me.

  10. .net is my choice. I am not a fan of wordpress because it’s harder to post a comment. Good luck!

  11. I think betterafterblog.com sounds good.

  12. I would pay the 1k. This is a really cool blog and I think you could grow it enough to get your money back.

  13. I read your blog every day on my Google Reader, so I don’t really need to remember what the web address is, but I think betterafterblog.com has a nice ring to it. But if you want to keep the same name, BetterAfter.Net is good, because you won’t be changing the name and the dot whatever. It’ll be easier for people to remember who are manually typing in the web address, I think! Just my two cents! Your blog is so cool, that if people really want to read it, they’ll make note of whatever changes you make to it :)

  14. I also read you through Google Reader. I recently made my own switch from Blogger to WordPress. if you want to keep commenting easy, install Akismet. it deals with spam so your users don’t have to enter Capshaws or register.
    I also added the word blog because a lot of people had weird feelings about .net, but the truth is, it doesn’t matter, it’s just a link.

  15. I’d prefer the .net. But wordpress blogs are not that easily accessible to comments and I use to avoid commenting!

  16. I’d prefer the .net. But wordpress blogs are not that easily accessible to comments and I use to avoid commenting!

  17. Anonymous says:

    I like betterafterblog.com.

  18. I always heard the first rule in Internet business is to make any change necessary in order to get a .com. People do not think of a .net. If you stay with Blogger you can get a domain for $10

  19. I like the suggestion of muchbetterafter.com or, of your two given options, betterafterblog.com.

    Best of luck with your switcharoo!

  20. I would pay the 1k. This is a really cool blog and I think you could grow it enough to get your money back.

    I agree; I’d chip in a buck or two. But, if not, I like BetterAfterBlog.com better than .net. Also, I read almost exclusively on my phone or iPad, and this is the first time I’ve ever commented.

  21. I like .com, but prefer the muchbetterafter than betterafterblog, if you take the latter then you will sort of back yourself into a corner with the name if you want to expand your site (people will think it’s just a blog)

    As long as you include an RSS feeder thingy so i can get e-mails each time you post cos blogger/GFC won’t throw it over to me anymore from wordpress! AND I HATE missing out on stuff lol! Good luck

  22. Well, until I read other’s reaction, I was voting for .net. I read you through google so I don’t need to remember either. I would not pay the thousand dollars. All the people that follow you now ( myself included ) will find you when you let us know you have changed. The others will find you regardless of the ending on your name. Good Luck… You are a favorite of mine!

  23. I’ll follow you anywhere :) Just give us a heads up on the switch!

  24. Anonymous says:

    I, too think that betterafterblog sounds too limiting and more amateurish. Your fans will find you in any case. I have you bookmarked so it’s easy for me. Love your stuff and you always make me laugh.

  25. i think betterafterblog.com sounds better! i tend to lean more towards “.com” sites. seems more official or something.

  26. Make the change and all we have to do is correct our blog reader. Poof. It’s done.

  27. It won’t bother me either way because I read you in google reader, but I think…

    TheBetterAfter.com

    Sounds nice.

    ;)

  28. Good luck with the switch!

    I prefer the suggestion in the comments of muchbetterafter.com. I would avoid the .net because few people will use it.

    I’m surprised to hear so many people say they find commenting on WordPress difficult- maybe they are referring to blogs on WordPress.com instead of WordPress.org? I personally find commenting on self-hosted blogs much easier than Blogger or WordPress.com.

  29. Mellissa bet me to it… I suggest you pay the $1000 for the BetterAfter.com name. IT IS YOUR NAME!! hehe. It is a business expense which is tax deductable and I’m sure you won’t regret it in the long term. Once you brought it all the annual renewals will be at the normal price. As for wordpress or blogger, hmmm, blogger is better for your readers…. wordpress is better for you. That is a toughie…

  30. When I punch in “better after” I get “better after blog” already so that is my vote.

    I’ve heard that you don’t get credit for the view if someone is reading through google reader. Don’t know if that is true.

  31. I wouldn’t buy it. One of my favorite websites is slickdeals.net- I don’t think .net is that big of a deal. Or betterafterblog.com.

    I will miss having the blog updates show up in my blogger reader. It is kind of the only way I read blogs currently.

    Also, if you switch to wordpress, please don’t make it where you have to click on each post to open up and read it. That is so annoying! :)

  32. Your blog is on my favorites list on my blog…so I guess I’ll keep it there regardless of the name…but since you asked:

    Foreverbetterafter

    Ever&EverBetterAfter

    HappilyBetterAfter

  33. Anonymous says:

    Definitely .com (sounds more professional to me lol). You might want to take a quick look at Between Naps on the Porch. Susan is having a devil of a time getting set up.

    Best of luck with whatever you decide.
    Denise

  34. How about:
    “Its better after.com”…because everything you show is better after.

  35. I like betterafterblog.com but am wondering if work filters would catch the blog part too.

    Good luck. I know it’s a big decision and one that I think about every once in awhile but have yet to learn everything required.

  36. stephbo93 says:

    I was thinking the same thing!

  37. I vote for .com
    Where you go, we go….

  38. Anonymous says:

    From a Search Engine Optimization perspective, .com would be better. There’s a neat domain name suggestion tool that I use all the time from domaintools.com (http://www.domaintools.com/buy/domain-suggestions/), and here’s a great article on how to migrate Blogger to WordPress without losing SEO and links (http://tentblogger.com/migrate-blogger-wordpress/). WordPress is a million times better and wish you good luck!

  39. Another Google Reader here so whatever works for you works for me and the address doesn’t matter. This is one of my favorite sites so as long as a new format allows you to keep doing what you do and makes your life easier, go for it.

  40. Have you ever tried using Windows Live Writer with Blogger? I was thinking about switching, too, but tried out Writer just before. It is so wonderful that I don’t even hate Blogger any more! Probably because I don’t have to use its interface to post.

    Just an idea if you don’t want to make a huge leap!

    I’ll probably still read no matter what… : )

  41. I don’t like the wordpress format as much and don’t visit that much.
    I read you in my blogs I follow in google so I guess that won’t change that.
    I hate the “after the jump” so I don’t read the whole story

  42. Either one is fine for me…I never even knew you were on blogger–but just because you’re in my reading list so it just pops up. Obviously, hardly any of us actually type your URL in, so…go with your gut. Cheers.

  43. betterafterblog.com

    or the muchbetterafter.com

    I have your site saved, so I don’t have to remember to type it . . . net just doesn’t seem legit.

  44. lol…i didn’t realize there were so many wordpress haters out there. I’m the opposite- i prefer wordpress blogs over blogger ones. i find commenting on blogger annoying because of the whole captcha deal.

    Anyway, I use google reader so it doesn’t matter to me, but I like betterafterblog.com better.

  45. BetterAfterBlog.com

  46. I like betterafterblog, but I along with many, find it harder to follow those that you wordpress.

  47. I like betterafterblog, but I along with many, find it harder to follow those that you wordpress.

  48. I already refer to your sight as the better after blog. so, betterafterblog.com makes the most sense to me. Regardless of what you choose, please make sure to post a link here so I can change my bookmark. ;)

  49. betterafterblog.com.

    .net doesn’t come as naturally. I don’t know if you would lose viewership by not having the .com.

  50. BetterAfterBlog.com

  51. BetterAfterBlog.com

  52. I like betterafterblog.com. It’s annoying that betterafter.com is already taken! Good luck figuring it out!

  53. I like BetterAfterBlog.com….but would read you no matter what you end up calling it! I’d follow you and your clever writing anywhere!

  54. I’d go with betterafterblog.com because .net has a low-value reputation. I also subscribe, but if I were typing it in I’d definitly expect it to be a .com. Also, most browsers automatically offer the rest of URLs you have typed before, so it shouldn’t be a problem to find or remember.

  55. Whatever you do, keep the .com! It’s just better

  56. I like betterafterblog.com. I’ve seen that on many blogs (my own included!). That way you can keep the .com. :)

  57. Thanks for the post- as someone starting a new blog I am inclined not to invest too much on Google and migrate to WordPress NOW. I think the .com is the way to go and (to throw a monkey wrench into this as a new follower – how about MUCHbetterafter.com?)
    Love the blog so much!
    Debra @ rusticlodgestyle.com

  58. WordPress rocks! Make the switch for sure. I don’t really pay much attention to the website name either once I subscribe with reader.

  59. I am not a blogger and so have no idea what any of this really means. I have your wonderful blog bookmarked and don’t type anything anyway. People still try to remember the name of favorite sites? Really?

  60. I like BetterAfterBlog.com because, I mean after all, you are a blog! Either way, good for you.

  61. BetterAfterBlog.com :)

  62. Wow…I never knew there were so many .net haters. LOL…I don’t think it really matters. I go to blogs and sites I LIKE and the only time I pay attention to the .net and .com is when I first have to put them in my bookmarks, favorites or reading lists. It’s silly for anyone to have to type in the address each time when there are so many ways to go to blogs automatically. I think BetterAfter.net is a much better choice than betterafterblog.com. That one seems too long and clunky. I don’t know much about wordpress. I have been thinking of changing over to it, myself, but haven’t been blogging as much lately. Love your blog, will follow you no matter what you choose, but definitely don’t pay the thousand.

  63. Anonymous says:

    stay .com and don’t put “blog” in the address name- it limits any future directions you might want to take :)

  64. Anonymous says:

    How funny to see what effects personal decisions. I save it in my blog reader and never think about the address.

    If you really don’t know what to do- put all the names in a hat and pick out an answer. 1/3 of the people will think it is the best choice ever, 1/3 will hate it and pledge never to come by again and the last 1/3 will just change where their favorites point.

    Good luck with whatever your choice.

  65. I’d say go with betterafterblog.com. .net was not originally intended for general use (it was for networks like ISPs) and even now .com is so much more common that most people assume .com and might have a hard time finding your site if it’s a .net.

  66. I’ll still follow you no matter what you switch to. Just make sure you make a BIG announcement before you switch!

  67. .net is hard to remember, so I’d go with betterafterblog.com

  68. Anonymous says:

    Don’t like WordPress at all. Would really hate to see you leave.

  69. Am surprised that the domain seems important to so many. It never matters to me–once I’ve been to a site once, the full address pops us whenever I start to type it. As for adding blog to your name, I second the concern about longevity. Things change so rapidly, and “blog” might be a word that becomes dated. Depending upon your long-term goals, it might be worth the investment to cough up the big bucks. (Sucks, I know!)

  70. Anonymous says:

    HappilyBetterAfter.com

    Some comments said we can’t use Google Reader if you move, which concerns me. Is that true?

  71. I’d go with a .com address, as someone else mentioned, most people don’t associate .net with a domain name.

    I would definitely setup a redirect from your existing blogger name to your new domain name, whatever that turns out to be. This way you don’t lose your existing readers.

    I’ve been using WordPress for my personal blog for years. I love it’s flexibility and ease of creating postings. Someone mentioned that leaving comments are harder,… there are plenty of extensions that ease this. One of them being this one:
    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/rpx/
    – which allows people to use an existing social media login (twitter, facebook, google, etc..) to sign in to your new wordpress.

    I hope some of this helps!!

  72. I like BetterAfterBlog. Think you should keep the name the same. I like it just the way it is. Since I have you in favorites I don’t type in anything though.

  73. I really like the muchbetterafter.com suggesttion!
    Or, betterafterblog.com
    Good Luck!

  74. Anonymous says:

    Where ever you go I’ll follow,if you switch to wordpress, please don’t make it where you have to click on each post to open up and read it. That is so annoying! :)

  75. Anonymous says:

    I follow your posts on Google Reader. So as long as you keep that up, I’m okay :)

    As a business decision, I think you should use .com instead of .net.

  76. Anonymous says:

    I rarely comment but visit daily. I love it here!!

    I would pay the 1k to own the domain. I think adding blog to the address would eventually limit you. My second choice would be going with the .net.

    I don’t know how you’d feel about it but you can always add a donate button on your site: Save BetterAfter.COM. I would gladly donate :)

  77. Anonymous says:

    Been a long time reader and enjoyer, but never a commenter. For sure, sure, sure dot com is the way to go. It has a much more “real business” feel for both your readers and your sponsors. As jeromy said above, as long as you have a redirect from your current site, you’ll be in good shape. Good luck making the switch and thanks for sharing so many fun projects!

  78. I’m a HUGE wordpress junky, and think that its the best way to go. I would buy both, and park one. I recommend BlueHost for hosting, which is who I use. Real live humans answer the phone anytime you need something, if you screw up (we all do it at least once, lol) they’ll totally hook you up and help you through it, and when you sign up with them, you get one one domain free, and then the 2nd one will be 10 bucks. My blog is http://www.redidit.net (I’m HORRIBLE at keeping up with my blog, FYI) and I just adore Bluehost. You can email me if you need any help. I’d be glad to assist. I’m also pretty handy with design. I’d be sad to wake up and not have your blog to read – so totally use me if you need help!

    My email is shannondingee @ blogtalkradio.com

    Also – when I bought this blog, I paid I think 159 for 2 years. It’s pretty handy. If you need any help at all in the wordpress world, I’m you’re huckleberry. I LOVE reading you. Love, love, love it. Thanks for all you do!

  79. Anonymous says:

    I have you book marked and if the concept remains the same it really doesn’t matter. In the name of thrift I would go the cheaper route.

  80. This probably doesn’t help, but I have you in my favorites, so I don’t have to type in anything. I just hope you won’t go to the style of having to click on each individual post to read the whole thing…I like your style because you can just scroll through and see it without having to go to a whole new page.

  81. I don’t type your blog name I usually access it from my own blog on the Blogs that I follow list I have on the side. I love how it updated when you put up a new post. I suppose if you changed I would just bookmark or something. Love looking at everything!

  82. How about Lindseysbetterafter.com? WordPress is actually a lot easier to comment on than blogger, for people who don’t have a blogger account. I read often but rarely comment because commenting on blogger is such a pain. WordPress + Askimet is the way to go.

  83. I’ve been on WP from the beginning thanks to my cousin–with her VAst professional knowledge! She sited many reasons for this decision, and I find it sooo interesting to see how many have made the change since I got started almost 2yrs ago.
    You’ve featured MAny of my projects (hUge thnx) and I’m always stunned at how many say they found me by way of “BEFORE and After.”
    So my first thought was “ItsBetterAfter.com” but I do like “MuchBetterAter.com” too!
    But, you know–since it’s your business—I’d pay the 1k. Which really does suck.
    Catherine

  84. I agree with NanaDiana. I read wordpress blogs much less then I do blogspot.com, but I understand that for some people they are blocked. My opinion is to stay as you are.

  85. Hi, no matter what you choose I’ll be there!!! I like BetterAfterBlog :)
    hmmm, just some other random thoughts, AlwaysBetterAfter.com, (A.B.A.)…umm, BetterAfterBlaster…(LOL)..wherever you go, I go :)

  86. I like betterafterblog.com. .com seems to be more recognized. Either way, I will continue to read and enjoy!!!

  87. I like betterafterblog.com. .com seems to be more recognized. Either way, I will continue to read and enjoy!!!

  88. Anonymous says:

    I like betterafterblog.com. Please don’t get one of those blogs where they give you the beginning of a story on the page and you have to click further in to get the whole story. I like blogs that put the whole story on the page without any further clicking through to read it all. Love your blog! Keep up the good work!
    Mary

  89. Everyone messes up with .net, I would choose anything with a .com!!

  90. As a reader, I personally prefer blogger to wordpress. I find wordpress clunkier and harder to comment on. Not to mention, it seems like the pages take FOREVER longer to load – but that may just be because of too many pics or advertisers….I don’t know. Anyway, my vote is for anything but wordpress – but I’ll still read ya even if you give in to the siren call. ;)

  91. Anonymous says:

    I love your blog, it’s one of my favorites. Please oh please don’t make it to where you have to click on “read more” to continue reading the new blog post or older posts. I find it so annoying that bloggers have switched to that. I just want to be able to scroll down and read, not have to click to read the post, click back, click to read another post, click back.

  92. I’m all for betterafterblog.com

  93. I think betterafter.net is great. Clean and tidy, but with everything we love from your old title…
    plus easy to remember and to find.

  94. betterafterblog.com for sure!

    Always .com over .net

    You’re bookmarked on my PC though so I’d find you no matter what.

    I don’t know what makes blogs switched to the “click to read more” that others have mentioned, but I don’t read any that do.

  95. Goodness, do you even need another vote? :) I read through a lot of the comments and my (essentially uneducated) thought that .com would just be better seems to be confirmed, but I agree that the blogs I frequent are bookmarked and I never think about their proper names. I’d just bookmark you again and visit you daily regardless :) Good Luck! (I’m decision-impaired, too)

  96. betterafterblog.com is pretty close to your current url, so I’ll vote for that. But I do agree with most in that you’re bookmarked and a fave on Chrome, so I just open a window and click the link to read as I drink my coffee. :)

  97. betterafterblog.com People automatically think “.com”

  98. betterafterblog.com People automatically think “.com”

  99. I like betterafterblog too

  100. I like the betterafter.net option best. we all know it is a blog! :)

  101. Anonymous says:

    BetterAfterBlog.com

  102. Anonymous says:

    i thik you should use
    waybetterafter.com
    love your blog, i have seen so many ideas from your pages and links to others…

  103. Hey Lindsey! If you wanted, you could stay on blogger and just route your site to a different domain. For example, I have a blogger blog, but my blog’s url is http://www.livelovediy.com. I just have it forwarded, which you can set to do in blogger’s settings. Hope that helps! :)

  104. Anonymous says:

    Betterafterblog.com gets my vote!

  105. Hahahaha! From what I can tell, you’re going to get half voting for one name and half voting for the other!! Good luck! I’ll find you no matter what!!

    Vicki

  106. I like betterafterblog.com the best, I know for me that would be easier to remember. However what ever you decide to do I will find you. I love your site so much and I need my daily laugh from your comments.
    Good Luck
    Diane

  107. Karin K says:

    betterafterblog.com

  108. better after blog. com would be easier for me to remember/ find

  109. betterafterblog.com for sure

  110. BetterAfterBlog.com is my fav…as i keep you in my favs i don’t have to type anything to get here, just click and I get to browse all the lovely “afters”
    thanks for gathering all these afters for us to view :)

  111. Anonymous says:

    betterafterblog.com sounds great!or muchbetterafter.com is great too!!

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  113. betterafterblog.com sounds better to me.

    You can get dedicated domains from blogger too. I used to be icancraftthat.blogspot.com and now I am icancraftthat.com. you can email me if you have questions on this at all.

  114. No “net”! Betterafterblog or Muchbetterafter is a “better” way to go!

  115. i generally follow the blogs that i list on my side bar….i have them programed to come to the top of the list when a new post has been added. I don’t have time to go thru my whole follow list….just my favs i see come up….that’s how i stay on top of your blog. If i’m not able to do that with your new domain…. :( for me, cause i love you guys, but i know i would forget to check on you if you weren’t right in front of my nose!
    Just pointing this out because there have been some cases where i wasn’t able to add certain sites this way.
    xxo-j

  116. I say BetterAfterBlog.com!

  117. Oh my lots of opinions ~ and some excellent suggestions. I moved to WordPress. They have so many more options, they’re more friendly with search engines and they have great help forums and excellent plug-ins available to boost the site. You can always leave the blogger site open with a re-direct and WordPress actually has a plug-in that will allow you to import from Blogger over to them.
    IMHO, I wouldn’t drop a thousand bucks on the lamo holding your url hostage. I love your blog and would follow it over in a heartbeat. It’s just a matter of switching it’s name in my Google reader ~ easy peasy!

  118. Definitely BetterAfterblog.com…it’s what naturally comes to mind. Also, I have been using Bloglovin for my blog reader and, well, LOVE it! All the posts for the blogs I follow “magically” appear every day…I read them as I have time but just LOVE being able to go to one place and they are all there nestled in one place!!! Anyone else tried this reader?? I also have the app on my phone…do ALOT of blog reading while traveling in my car…as a passenger, of course! :)

  119. I voted on your thingy, but I have to say also that I still love blogger and you can still use it with a .whatever. If wordpress is easier in the long run, yay, but if you switch here, you really will STAY here and that makes it easier.

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