By Somali K Chakrabarti
Over the last few days, I had been deliberating upon moving this blog to a self-hosted platform with wordpress.org. Having read about the merits of a self-hosted blog over a wordpress.com blog, I still wondered if it was worthwhile to switch over.
Like most others, I started blogging as a hobby to Scribble and Scrawl my musings.
As the objective was to write occasionally, may be once a week, I didn’t want to be bothered with the technicalities. The free as well as hassle-free wordpress.com platform with all its nice features suited me perfectly well.
Soon, I found myself getting more and more addicted to blogging. My addiction to blogging is probably so apparent that recently a friend bestowed me with the title of a ‘Çlinical blogger‘ :-).
I find blogging an enriching experience in itself as it allows me (and all other bloggers) to put creativity to work.
Now, with the trend of blogging picking up in India, brands are approaching bloggers to increase their outreach on social media, and leverage creativity of bloggers for promotional posts or for oblique marketing.
With all these options, it appears that there might be a long term potential in blogging for brands; that is where I felt that the limitations of wordpress.com may restrict my ability to reach out to a wider set of readers.
For instance, I found that I can not use a slick opt-in form inviting readers to subscribe to the wordpress.com blog. Nor does the wordpress.com blog allow me to upload any e-book, or to manage the email subscribers.
Switching over to a self-hosted blog looked like a viable solution, given that the procedure is not very complex. But then, there is the other side of the coin too!
What happens to the alexa rank or the referral traffic that the blog gets from different communities? These are the metrics generally used to determine the traction on the blog; and we all know that it takes both time and effort to build traction on a blog.
With all these considerations, I ruled out the option of moving this blog to a self hosted blog, as of now.
Yet, I could not entirely rule out the option of starting a new self-hosted wordpress blog, though I simply wasn’t motivated enough to start another blog.
But, yesterday when I read about the A to Z Challenge in Ruby Singh’s post, it suddenly occurred to me, what could give a better way to start a new blog, than to take up a challenge right at the onset. Thanks to the motivation derived from Ruby’s post, I decided to come up with a self hosted blog.
Here is my new blog Life11 – Pot Pourri of Life.
It will be about Life and Lifestyle. Pretty obvious – isn’t it? Please have a look and join me on Life11.
It may take me some time to give it a proper shape as I am still in the process of figuring out what plugins to use.
Meanwhile, I need your best wishes to survive through the A to Z Challenge! Hoping that I have not taken up too much on my plate.
Have you ever considered moving from wordpress.com to a self hosted blog? If yes, please let share your thoughts on how you went about it!
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