I’ve decided to move to a self-hosted blog. There are lots of benefits: I’m at no risk of WordPress shutting me down because of adult content, I have more flexibility with some site features (admittedly not a big deal for me), apparently it can increase site traffic (definitely not a big deal), and I can block specific IP addresses from accessing it.
It’s really the last one that holds such appeal, perhaps for obvious reasons. It’s not a guarantee someone won’t just go to any other device, but it gives me a level of comfort.
However, it will make it harder for people to comment on my blog. While you will see me in your reader (assuming things get set up correctly), commenting becomes difficult. I know just the act of needing to open someone’s full site and enter my information is often enough for me to not bother. I’m still an engaged reader but I’m too lazy to weigh in unless I think it’s really important.
I’m frankly worried that the one thing that gives me the most value, other than the act of writing itself, is going to disappear. Your encouragement, challenges, and debate are cheaper than therapy and probably collectively, a better perspective.
I can’t force anyone to remain engaged. I know there are many of you who have never commented but read everything – the number of password requests I’ve gotten are a testament to that. I just hope to not lose you through this process. You help me immensely and I remain flattered and humbled you choose to spend some of your time on my stories.