Most my followers are WordPress subscribers. These are people I don’t know, never met, but who take the time to read and comment. Most of them have their own blogs, which I usually follow back.
I may not be the perfect blogger who always knows how to entertain, but I also don’t just post something here for the sake of filling a space in my blogging calendar. I carefully prepare and proofread all my contributions to the best of my ability; I make sure that the photographs are optimized for different screens; I keep a schedule; I keyword all my posts and follow up with all comments. Despite my efforts, followers, particularly participating followers, come and go. Some stop blogging, while others simply lose interest in my blog. Some take long breaks. Regardless, to compensate for those who go away, I feel that I need to constantly attract new followers, and that is a damn difficult job as it is.
Thanks to the active blogging community here, I still think that blogging is worth my time and that somewhere in WordPress there is a renewable pool of bloggers I will be able to meet and interact with. This week, however, it has been brought to my attention that WordPress has eliminated two plans that attract new bloggers: the personal plan and the premium plan. New subscribers now have only two options: the “Free Plan,” with adds and decreased storage space, and the “Business Plan”, with all features at 15U$/month.Going forward, we all know what is going to happen to influx of new personal blogs.
Even if wordpress.com will allow us to renew our personal and premium plans on a legacy basis, I fear that the blogging community will suffer immensely from the reduced influx of new subscribers. And that will impact our followers base, since those who leave will not be replaced. I hope WordPress will reconsider their decision to favor commercial sites and blogs, but I am not very hopeful.
Are you aware of WordPress changes in their blogging plans and do you think I that it will impact your blog negatively? If you cannot renew your current plan, will you try self-hosting, or another blogging platform? I’m interested in your opinion.
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