Automattic Love

No, I’m sure the spelling in the title is right. In this post, I’m being thankful to WordPress on my blog’s anniversary.

Having no source of income, the nicest thing one can hear or see is the word ‘free’. It’s tempting, alluring and not just a myth every time. While there may never be such a thing as free lunch, there is such a thing as a free blogging platform.

When I first thought of starting a blog, I had two friends with me and one of them had a blog on Tumblr. Being young and naive, I didn’t think twice and jumped in. Needless to say, it failed. So did 4 others before I permanently moved to WordPress.

Before the switch, I did a bit of research. This was incredibly frustrating. Almost nobody had useful information about the free platform whereas there was a whole ocean of links on the .org version. I was discouraged, but I made up my mind anyway. There was nothing to lose.

To my delight, it was a perfect fit from the word go. I have a medium to express my thoughts at absolute zero cost. I have a small community of people who not only like my work, but leave helpful comments as well. Of course the progress has not been meteoric, but I never expected instant gratification.

I wasn’t looking to ‘build a brand’ or ‘take control of my content’ or any of those marketing phrases that’s currently doing the rounds. I’m glad I don’t have to bother about CSS or JavaScript or servers or domains. I only wanted to write and I can do just that here.

Over the course of the year, I’ve felt that my writing has improved, and I’ve become more disciplined in the sense that I post regularly. I know I still have a lot left to learn, but it’s been made that much easier because of my blog, because of WordPress.

Maybe one day I’ll abandon this ship and set up shop elsewhere like every other “professional” blogger. Perhaps I’ll somehow find the time to build an author website from scratch. But I know I’ll never stop supporting WordPress. If not the .com, definitely the .org.

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What’s your take on the .com vs .org debate? How has WordPress helped you? Or does it seem like it’s holding you back? If you’re an author, is this a good platform for your website? Let me know in the comments section.

Blogiversary celebration edition – cookies and cream flavour ice cream topped with chocochips and sprinkles

 

 

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7 thoughts on “Automattic Love

  1. Happy Blogoversary, Nandini! πŸ˜€ I only think we’ve met in the past few months, but it’s been great following your writing journey and getting to know you better. Here’s to many more years of blogging, writing, and following your heart. πŸ™‚

    I’m still a .com WordPress user, but was able to buy a domain name and “upgraded” template that I could customize. In some ways, it’s not much different than the free WordPress, because very little changes “behind the scenes.” You still have the same administration panel and can access the same WordPress FAQs and help forums as before. I don’t know about .org, though. You might want to ask around if you need more advice besides the comments you receive here.

    Hope this helps!

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    • Thank you for sharing your experience. I think this is the longest comment I’ve received so far. I’m having the best time here thanks to supportive bloggers like you. πŸ™‚
      I currently don’t need an upgrade, but I might think about it at a later stage, so I just wanted a few opinions because my internet research left me more confused than I already was. I decided I’ll stick around here for quite a while before I do anything major.

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