Before I started my own self-hosted WordPress blog, I used a WordPress.com blog. All the articles claiming WordPress as being the best blogging platform available were indeed true. WordPress is the King. Even running a freely-hosted domain, I was blown away by all the things that I could do to customize and spice up my blog.
What made me hesitate in deciding to switch to a self-hosted blog was the level of maintenance it required on a regular basis. Sure, I knew some HTML and CSS, but was that enough? I needed to do my homework and I am glad I took the time to research everything I needed to know on how to properly manage things in the future.
For those of you unsure of changing to your own domain name, here is an article that highlights the reasons you should stay. It is simply to maximize your breadth of knowledge if you ever decide to take that next big step. If you are a newb blogger and currently own an unimpressive “yourdomainname.wordpress.com,” this article is for you.