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!