I’ve been blogging for over three years. I’ve always had it in my mind that “someday” I would take it to the next level. “Someday” I would move from WordPress.com to a self-hosted site. “Someday” I would try to make some money off of this thing that I spend so much time on.
For those of you who don’t know, when I say “self-hosted” I mean: I basically rent Internet space from a provider like BlueHost, HostGator, or GoDaddy, so that I can have more freedom to do what I want with my blog. In contrast, most free blogging services, like WordPress.com or Blogger, host your site for you for free, but they set limits on what you can do with your blog. For example: you can’t put ads on your blog and you can only customize the appearance so much. You have to work with what they give you.
After three years as a very happy WordPress.com user, I was definitely feeling antsy to escape some of the limitations. I saw all of the beautiful self-hosted sites and I thought, “That is what I want for One Little Library.”