After a few months of deliberation and based on feedback from my followers, I have decided to begin the process of moving my humor blog The Mainland to a self-hosted WordPress.org site.
As much as I enjoy the WP.com community, I have always wanted to do more with my blog. I do not like being restricted to the same boring themes and would like to start selling advertising.
I have already signed up with BlueHost and imported my existing blog and will be working on setting the new site up over the next month or so. (I purchased a dummy domain so that I could still publish under my normal domain here while I setup the new site and will then transfer the domain over when I'm ready.)
Now, I've seen several people on this forum claim that being hosted at WP.com is better than self-hosting, which I suppose would be true if you have a casual blog.
I'd really like to hear from people that have actually made the switch and found it successful or if not, what they would have done differently.
I'm also interested to find out how many subscribers were willing to re-subscribe on the new site. I plan on giving my readers plently of advanced warning, but it is a concern of mine.
The blog I need help with is themainland.net.