Time was when I had just started this blog as a pastime, or a place where I could vent my anger (I used to vent it out on my wife, but she hit back with an even greater threat…..”say that once more buster and you’re gonna be the eligible bachelor nobody will want to be eligible with…”, or words to that effect!), or tell tall tales about my camera collection, or…well, you get the idea!
That wasn’t so long ago, and today, this blog, your blog, is reaching dizzy heights (for me, anyways!), with 36 000 hits so far, an email inbox that is so full of emails, I’m betting that even a $400 000 000 lottery winner doesn’t get as many emails!
I’ve always mentioned this problem with messages and that I’m thinking of hiring a lady to help me out (especially “that” lady over there, across the road, you know, the slim, blonde one with..ahem, ahem..you get the point!).
And because of all the work that this entails, it means I’m spending increasing amounts of time with my eyelids stuck open with match sticks in the middle of the night, trying to answer or research new stuff for all you guys and gals. That’s not anybody’s idea of fun, I’m sure (well, I suppose there may be some hard nuts out there who’d really love to do that…).
And not only time….as the old adage goes, “time is money”, so while I’d be the first to say I really enjoy what I’m doing, it don’t help that much when there ain’t no dough in that there pocket!
The only way I can get some cash in on this blog, is to get my own domain. There are a 1001 plans out there that are really very cheap, but then if you pay peanuts, you get monkeys in return, if you see what I mean.
My own domain will allow me to place adverts on the site, which will hopefully bring in a few pennies and help a little towards the cost of hosting etc. Plus with your own domain, you are in charge….you are free to do whatever you want on your own site (within reason) without upsetting those good people at WordPress.
But….I’m stuck in a conundrum (by the way, conundrum is an ancient Sanskrit word..just thought you’d like to know that)….do I, or don’t I? If I do, some people say I risk losing my following, at least for a while anyway, until the search engines pick it up again.
And if something goes wrong on your own site, aside of the help the hosting people may give you, you’re on your own!
See what I mean? Now, let me ask some of you out there….what would you do? Stay with WordPress as a free blog and follow their rules, or go get your own domain and pay for the privilege?