Actually, I do have an independent WP dot org on a subdomain which is part of a friend's paid domain. I had started here about a year ago. Couldn't wrap my brain around WP's concepts at the time, AND had not fully formed my vision of what I really needed to do with it. Now I have! But I went back to my free webhosting service which I'd used for a long time for the whole site. When troubles developed there, my friend said she could host me. She has installed not only WP.org but also Joomla, which like Drupal, I know nothing about and need some free time to learn. I started having troubles on her subdomain too. The reason finally turned out to be a cookies problem which was rather simple to fix. NOW, I'm sort of diddling with copying and pasting all posts and pages over to Dot Org. But it's really time consuming! But maybe, safer than the process described online on pages that explain the means of moving data?
I also find that WP.com is a little faster. I have dialup and so, of course every little bit of speed helps!! WP.org seems to run slower. Or maybe my pal was online at the same time and doing something that slowed it down.
I like the interface here better, too, simpler to use.
"Great minds work together," raincoaster, you had the same 'notion' that crossed my mind, linking several Blogs together to possibly make my job easier... On my original site I had almost 200 pages, so yeah, big project trying to create a "new and improved" version.