This blog got started a dozen years ago when the Microsoft Live Spaces social platform went belly up. Some of my posts were transferred over from the Clubhouse and I started promoting blogging using the WordPress site.
With each demonstration in class about setting up a blog I got one more site. My regular readers know that story.
WordPress grew into dominance. I like to think that I contributed a miniscule fraction of a millionth to that success.
The small ads after each post seemed to support the increasingly more powerful features of WordPress.com.
Then, a couple years ago, came the agonizingly amateurish transition to the agonizingly painful “blocks”. The cost must have been substantial as the WordPress basic hosting was increased to $12 per month. They saw the error of their ways and it is now at $4. They decided to use another route to increased income. Take a look at this screen capture. You need to scroll down a bit.
The modest, if not always tasteful, ads have now increased in number and size to where they take up more space than my posts. They are obnoxious, overbearing, and offensive.
I can take it no more.
There is a fee of $2 per month for removing these ads. If I had just one or two blogs, this would be acceptable, but with my more than a dozen sites this is clearly not affordable.
I have decided to start migrating from the WordPress.com platform. I have not given up on WordPress and will move to self-hosted sites. In the weeks to come I will share more about this move.
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