For those of you who may have not seen the announcement deep within your administrative console it simply says:
"Starting soon, your stats page will be on the WordPress.com homepage only. Check it now (on link button). Now with 100% more country stats."
Is this a calculated move on the part of WordPress born of the belief, on their part, that the gains for the company are gonna be more than the losses?
I am as calm and collected as a cucumber in an alpine cave. I just wanna know.
Yes, it IS WordPress sandbox and yes the platform is free and all that, but I am at a point where this relationship I have with WordPress needs reassessing because I don't wanna log in one day to find that different body parts of my blog are in different parts of the WordPress domain. The Poppressed affaire, when it comes to arbitrary action, was strike number one:
This, the figurative decapitation of a huge part of the administrative console is strike number two, right inside the sanctum sanctoram of where all the goodies come from. To say that I am a bit disoriented by the prospect of this change is an understatement. WordPress, the virtual landlord is moving my furniture while I am at work and it looks like I don't have much of a say in this.
My fury is tempered by the real politik underlying this relationship - the sense of what I, on the other hand, bring to the table. Well, for the record, some of us do write serious content that ranks pretty high on Google web and image page rank; something has potential for more if we feel that we are being treated like valued tenants, if nothing else. We could be woefully deluded. It quite possible that like Bank of America and or Well Fargo, WordPress has made the calculus that some of us are dispensable. I am perfectly fine with that if that is indeed the case.
My name is Darth, but you can call me Moog
P.S. The bundling of the stats by country schtick, smacks too much of a carrot and stick strategy on the part of WordPress. To use another metaphor it smacks too much of bakers use olive oil when they have a piece of dry bread to feed you.