I took these photos this morning on my Note3 outside our local church among the grave stones. They generally flower in January and appear when the snow is still on the ground and pop their little heads through the snow. However, today it was a lovely bright, sunny, and almost Spring day.
I decided this year to create a blog for my daughter as she has a big birthday coming up, and she was very keen to have her own blog. I decided on a free blog, that I could then customise. Having always been a WordPress girl and because I manage some free and hosted WordPress blog for friends and family. I have always felt that the extra £20 a year to garner some extra custom colours etc, was money well spent.
However, having created the blog for my daughter, imagine my consternation when I clicked on the colours customisation feature and it came up with a request for £70!! I thought, ‘this must be a mistake’, and tried again. No, it wasn’t. On further investigation, it would seem that being able to just include custom colours as a feature is no longer available. If you want to tweak your blog and make it prettier, you have to pay for a Premium package which is £70 a year, or the Business package of £210.
To be honest, having reviewed what they offer for that £70, it’s just NOT that good a deal. They don’t even offer premium themes, just 13GB of space, a custom domain, customisation and email. Basic stuff. In truth, you can get a lot more for that kind of money by investing in a ‘self hosting’ package with a web hosting company, which then means a LOT more goodies; custom themes, plugins, add-ons etc.
I will be honest, I was VERY disappointed. Having been an ardent supporter of WordPress for many years, I felt as if a good friend had turned on me and got greedy.
So, WordPress.com, I have turned off auto-renew for all of the blogs I currently manage. You will get no more money from me.
Simple really. There is no where else currently on the web where you can post content without there being some kind of hidden agenda, and your information and data being used to further someone’s ends. This is the only place currently on the web where people are actively engaging with each other, and pursuing a meaningful dialogue. This is the only place on the web where the creators and designers are actively involved with their users.
In the short time I have been on Ello, I have made new friends, found new artists, gained access to new and exciting work, and seen a lively, exciting and thought provoking interaction and dialectic.