When you have forgotten what it was you were going to write about, there’s always the blogging itself! Guess there will be quite a few of this type of posts amongst those remaining three hundred something blog posts. This guy had forgotten where he’d hidden the peanut … he was frantically digging in the snow, but I think somebody else took it.
I do have a few in my drafts folder still, but some mornings I feel that I just want to write freely. Those drafts will come in handy on days when my mind is completely blank. Some of them are made up from the suggested topics that WP provides us with, others are my own.
For those who didn’t know, there are two types of WordPress. There is WordPress.COM, that is a totally free-of-charge blogging platform. A very easy and straightforward sign-up procedure and away you go … blog your heart out! Then there’s WordPress.ORG. That’s free too … meaning the downloadable software is free, BUT you have to have a web host and a domain. That’s where the money comes in. I have Kattsby.com hosted on GoDaddy.com and it costs approximately $50 a year.
The other day I was pondering if it was worth it. There are features and functions in the free wordpress.com that you actually can’t get in the self-hosted one. For example, in the free one you can set it so that you can reply to your comments from your email … you don’t have to go to the actual blog site. Not many people have taken advantage of it, but it’s there and I loved that while I had it.
Of course, you can reply to comments from email here too, but then you have to have a third-party comment system like Disqus or IntenseDebate and I’m not too keen on that.
Another thing — but that’s just about this blogging challenge — when you have the free WP, and tag your posts with ‘postaday2011’, they get listed in a page they have, thanks to the global tagging system. That doesn’t work with the ones outside .COM, like mine.
However, the more I thought about it the less tempted I was to go back to the free WP. The freedom you have of changing the layout of the whole thing … all the plugins and so on. Almost anything you can think of is already thought out. The theme I have now [Suffusion] … and that’s a story of its own … is so unbelievably well thought-out so you can make it look just any way you want it, without knowing the slightest little bit of CSS or .php.
Here’s a really good page where they compare the pros and cons between WP.COM and WP.ORG: LINK.
So there … now you know my thoughts about WordPress and I’m sure this post will draw one helluva crowd LOL. Every day, I have to remind myself that this is not a competition … I can write whatever I want. I feel the same way about the photography — it’s not a competition in any way and if I just want to shoot ducks, that’s okay too.
Do you ever feel like you want to write, without knowing really what to write about??