When you’ve been doing this stuff a long time, sometimes you don’t get round to the basics as life keeps getting in the way. I particularly liked Paul’s comments around ensuring that he owns his content and but also wants to control how it appears ie not at the mercy of someone else’s advertising revenue. That was in part why I finally got round to paying for a subscription to wordpress last year so I wouldn’t have their ad streams appear on my pages, plus it meant I could properly map my domain.
A couple of months ago when the renewal reminder for wordpress popped up, I realised I was paying too much. Turns out I’d signed up to the premium plan for $99/year and actually the personal plan for $36/year was sufficient. I sent off a query to their helpdesk and was staggered to receive a reply almost instantly. Had a good chat with their support rep who confirmed that everything I need would still be available in the personal version. They swapped me over and my renewal recently went through at the lower rate. Still simple.
One day I’ll get my own hosted server running somewhere but that day isn’t here yet and I’m not sure what I want in a server. I’m sorta aware that if I keep doing big data-ish stuff I need some sort of clustered server approach which is different from a few years ago where I just wanted somewhere to blog and store a few files. I could go the old school route and make my home NAS externally accessible and that would give me a personal site of sorts. However I’m not keen on that as it’s my primary server for backups and I’m happy to keep it restricted to the house network only.
I’ve also had a paid subscription to flickr for a long time for similar sorts of reasons. That means when I want to use photos in other systems, I’ll mostly add to flickr first then link to the flickr image eg from facebook. I get a bit lazy on twitter though. Consequently I’m still somewhat distributed but I’m keeping my content spread fairly tight and stick to paid services that have continued to be reliable.