Hi, raincoaster & timethief
Thanks for your replies. For clarification, I'm not intentionally trying to do anything 'dodgy', I'm just trying to find a way around migrating off WordPress.com without losing my the community!
It seem like I have three choices from here
A. Stay on WordPress.com
PRO: Keeps all my WordPress.com followers
CON: Spend lots of time having to re-edit and then repost when I get back to home.
B: Migrate to a self hosted WordPress site.
PRO: Gain 'Google Analytics' plug-in functionality
PRO: Gain time saving 'plug ins' like automatically setting featured images) and automatic creation of links to Twitter
CON: Lose all my WordPress.com (non email) followers
C: Start a new self hosted wordpress site and keep the WordPress.com site as a static resource.
PRO: Gain the ability to post new stuff faster and with less hassle
PRO: Gain Google Analytics
CON: Existing community follows won't see any updates
CON: Could be very confusing?
If Google Analytics would be available via WordPress.com I would probably not even attempt to move to my own hosted solution.
CONTEXT: HOW I USE WORDPRESS
To put this all in context this is how I use WordPress right now. I am effectively a photojournalist, I report and produce 'first look' pictures on the openings of restaurants, pop up venues and bars in London. The most important thing here is speed. The workflow I currently use when I am covering a live event is this;
I take pictures which are uploaded to Instagram which generates a 'post by email' which is placed in my draft folder. (Usually 3-6 photos)
Using the WordPress App on my iPad I then add text to the photo, tags etc, and then 'publish' on site.
However, at the end of the day, I then re-edit each blog to set the featured image (which you can't do via the WordPress App) and then add hyperlinks to the venue webpages, their Twitter accounts.
I then edit and add the a photo album when at home.
As I've become more well known, Food & Drink PR agencies have been in touch with me. However, they are all very reluctant to accept WordPress stats. (I haven't looked into this in detail, but it appears that the market standard is Google Analytics).
Does anyone have any suggestions? I am open to any ideas to make my life easier. I haven't posted anything in 2 days because I've been struggling to get my head around the migration process and the options.