WordPress.com informed me today that it’s my seventh anniversary with their service and blogging platform.
Seven years ago, I transitioned from a non-dynamic iWeb/mac.com blog that I began concurrently with my MA in Science Fiction Studies at the University of Liverpool. My original intent was to record my experience living abroad and share my learning with others in a public-facing website. As my iWeb site grew, it became increasingly difficult to find my past writing. iWeb was not a dynamic platform. Each time that I added a new post to its blog-style format, iWeb would render the site locally on my computer and upload a newly rendered version to the mac.com servers. It was clunky, time consuming, and ill-suited for linking/sharing my content online. I investigated different blogging services, and I ultimately chose WordPress.com. I imported my earlier iWeb content to this site and backdated it.
During the past seven years, I have written 1,395 posts, maintained 7 pages (this number fluctuates based on my research and teaching–sometimes more and sometimes less), and received 1,671 comments (many of these, I made in response to my friendly, neighborhood readers from around the world).
While I would certainly enjoy more control and features on my WordPress.com site (as if I had installed it on a dedicated hosting service), I cannot complain about its simplicity to get the job done of sharing my words to a broad audience online. For this, I am very happy to have thrown in my lot with the folks at WordPress.com.
Here’s to seven more years and beyond!