Hello bots I’m back on wordpress.com.
Earlier this year when I was considering whether to self-host my blog (to get my own domain and remove ads), I wanted to compare the cost to the wordpress.com Personal plan. At first I thought I was going crazy when I couldn’t find information about it since I was sure I remembered it existing. Well they removed it and reduced their plans down to just two, pricing out a lot of people. It was the kind of inexplicable decision that is made by new management for no reason other than because it makes no sense.
So I self-hosted my site, which came with drawbacks— mostly that my blog didn’t appear in Reader search anymore (only under site search). On the other hand a benefit of this was that the bots were no longer finding my site. But wordpress interaction was becoming more of a one-way thing, when I wasn’t able to make new connections by people discovering my blog. It defeats a major point of a mental health wordpress blog if it doesn’t come up when you search for those terms in Reader.
Anyway, by chance yesterday I saw a comment on someone else’s post mentioning that wordpress has restored the original plans after inevitable negative feedback from users. There are now four plans again. And the Personal plan is cheaper than my server cost for self-hosting.
It turned out that I put in all that work to migrate my blog only for wordpress to restore those plans anyway, just two months later. I just so happened to do it during a small window of time when the Personal plan (which is ideal for me) didn’t exist. Anyway I’ve now moved it all back to wordpress.com, which I’m happy about. I was on the verge of just accepting the ads again to gain the interaction back.