So, back in May I was having a major blog issues with my hosting company. And I began thinking it might be a good idea to pack up and move back to WordPress.com. With the exception of my blog continually not showing up in a some feeds, for the most part the issues have been resolved…but, my mind keeps returning to the idea of ditching the self-hosting platform.
There will be definite concessions if I return to my roots over at WordPress.com. I will give up significant control over how my blog looks and some of the
frustration creativity that goes along with fighting adjusting the coding. The truth is that I simply don’t have time to tinker with all these fun nuances anymore. My time is at a premium these days and I need to offload a few things.
But those issues aside, I find I’m leaning towards simplifying. Do I really need to have a header that rotates photos? Probably not. Is it essential to have the ability to change every little minute detail? Not really. Does my budget allow for the annual self-hosting expense? At the moment it does, but who knows what the future brings?
I’m also soooooooo tired of continually having to empty the spam folder. Seriously, I can amass 2,000+ spam comments in the span of just a couple of days! Askimet is a wonderful plugin, but it doesn’t automatically empty the folder. Or, if it can, I haven’t been smart enough to figure it out.
I think the biggest factor is the question of what happens to the blog if something happens to me? I began this on WordPress.com in May of 2009 as an experiment to see if I could actually set up a blog and come up with topics that might actually be of interest for others to read. It was part of my attempt to walk the walk when it came to teaching Internet social media interaction for my adjunct class, Strategic Campaigns. It’s morphed into more of a journalistic record that I would dearly love to endure after I’m gone…for my grandchildren to be able to read my thoughts and impressions of life while they were so much a part of mine.
And there’s no guarantee that, once I’m gone, anyone would be interested in keep up with the self-hosting expense of maintaining this site. If I remove that hurdle, the only thing needed would be for someone to remember the username and password to get into the backside.
So I suppose I’ve talked myself into getting the moving boxes ready and downsizing a bit in the near future. For now, I’ll continue maintaining two sites…periodically exporting posts and comments from here and importing them over at peripheralperceptions.wordpress.com until the end of the month. My time table is to be completely moved and settled in my new casa by October 1st. Until then, please continue to visit me here as I will be exporting all your wonderful comments so I don’t lose track of anyone. When everything is arranged the way I want, and finally pull the trigger, I’ll announce it here and hope you all see it before this site disappears.
I hope you all will continue to stop by and visit once I relocate. The friendships I’ve made in the blogosphere have been such a wonderful, unexpected blessing. I thank those of you who have been around for the past few years, as well as the new friends I’ve made in just the past few months. Your comments all are so very appreciated.