This Site is Now Hosted at WordPress.com

Updated November 1st, 2017, to add a link to my tagging workaround.

If you’ve shown up here after having visited Sharonda.net in the past, and are currently very confused, see the title of this post. In the interest of preserving URLs, the site’s old blog posts have been moved to pages, and you can find them via the Archived Content page.

I know that may be a bit inconvenient, but I had to choose between letting posts keep their categories and tags or letting them keep their original URLs, and URLs won out.

I’m still feeling my way around how things are done at WordPress.com versus self-hosted WordPress, and trying to make sure that links won’t be broken whether the site is accessed via Sharonda.net or SMWoodfin.WordPress.com, in part because I’m future-proofing.

Hopefully, within the next few days, I’ll figure out some sort of tagging system for all the content here that is now served as pages, rather than posts, even if I have to do it manually.

Blogging Beyond the Grave

This is just a note to myself, really, but I thought I’d share it for anyone else who might be trying to decide between WordPress.com and WordPress.org.

I have a self-hosted WordPress site with a custom domain, and I’ve been thinking about moving it to WordPress.com so that I’m free from having to deal with the more technical aspects of keeping a blog. Not that I hate dealing with those aspects, but it becomes a distraction for me, and distractions mean lost productivity.

This morning, though, it sunk in that whatever I post at WordPress.com will probably outlive me. I used to want my stuff to expire after I did, but now, I have a wife. She’s promised to outlive me, as well, and I would like it if, once I’m gone, she would be able to go back and see some of the things that I’ve posted. My self-hosted site won’t allow that once the money runs out. I don’t want her to fund it in perpetuity, but even if she did, it’s unreasonable to expect her to keep the software updated.

And who wants to be running WordPress 4.8.2 a decade or two from now?

Yeah. Me, neither.

I wouldn’t have thought, even a few years ago, that marriage and mortality would be prime factors in my hosting decisions, but there ya have it! Crawling toward 50 really does change things!