I’ve been blogging for years and I’ve decided to face the truth. All my blogs are hopeless.
Every now and then a reader, someone like your good self, would pop by. Perhaps they’d even leave a comment. But in reality the best reader of my blog was myself.
In order to simplify the blogging process I’ve decided to keep Minimal Mess as a WordPress.com blog. The Awesome Blog Police would have me arrested for this, but I think it makes sense considering the main idea of this blog. In fact, I think there are distinct advantages for having a wordpress.com blog rather than dealing with an independent site. Let me explain why.
1. It’s free.
Not many things in life are free. This blogging platform is though. If I had to buy my domain name, my hosting service, and perhaps a premium theme then this would cost me good money. Now, I don’t mind spending good money on things that I think are worth it. But when I’m just an average blogger who is writing about a topic they love and not seeking to make a profit then I don’t have to deal with all that. I can simply sign up here at WordPress and start writing. You can too.
2. I only need one username and password.
Instead of having a username and password for my domain name provider, my DNS host, and my WordPress admin I only need to remember one. That speaks of less remembering, less stress, and less worry to me. I just go to one place with one username and password and I’m done.
3. There’s no need to deal with configurations, settings, and add-ons.
With this platform I have everything I need. Of course, I do need to do a little setup for this site. Choosing my free theme, deciding which widgets to use, working out my time and date setting etc. Not to mention installing WordPress and pointing my domain name to my host and the like. But here I don’t have to fiddle around with additional features to make the site mobile friendly, allow Disqus comment boxes, or nice looking share buttons. These things are already done and they’re good looking and functional enough as it is.
4. There’s a community feel.
Having my own site with my own domain name was good for a time. I understand the advantages of it, I’ve been there. However, with WordPress.com there is a community feel that means I can follow other people’s blogs and see their latest posts in my feed. I can comment on other blogs without the hassle of working out which username to use. I can even get promoted to a “Freshly Pressed” blog if the post is worth it, not to mention that mass of support from the WordPress team. I sense that rather than be out on my own with my own domain I have now entered the fold and a community of like minded people who simply want to write and express their ideas. Minimal Mess is my little part of that.
5. I can now focus on writing content.
Dealing with all the issues that come with having your own self-hosted site takes time away from writing content. The main aim of a blog is to produce content. Therefore, I’m eating into the time to write that content if I’m mucking around with all the other things that come with having a self-hosted site. By shutting that old site down and moving to this one I’ve just cut out a whole chunk of time for myself. This allows me to focus on the important side of blogging, content creation.
6. I’m now saving time to do other things.
One of the main aims of living simpler is to save time. This time saved can then be put into areas in life that are more important – relationships, learning new skills, pushing projects forward, family, cooking etc. In doing the switch to this platform I’m saving time by not having to deal with the extraneous issues that come with a self-hosted blog. I get to write, publish, and then get on with other things, not being preoccupied with how my site’s going.
7. It’s just a simpler way to go.
For the six reasons above and the general vibe of WordPress.com I think it’s just simpler. There isn’t a hassle of dealing with third party add-ons, having to link up Google Analytics, spending time installing and updating the latest versions of plug-ins, nor worrying about how everything is fitting together. The blogging has now become a two to three click process.
By siding with a WordPress.com blog I’ve eliminated stress and eliminated mess. This has allowed me to feel a lot freer in writing. It’s enabled me to focus on what’s really important. And, it’s given me more time to focus on what I think is important.
What are the advantages you see in this process? How do you keep the mess of blogging to a minimum?