I have read every question referring to this topic but i still can't seem to find the specific answer to what I'm looking for... this is my situation:
I've been on wordpress.com since June. I purchased the CSS yesterday only to realize I can't do anything/upload anything unless I have an FTP so I need my own hosting. I went to doteasy and I purchased a domain name and a hosting plan.
Now my question is this: am I supposed to do that domain mapping and forward my .wordpress.com to my domain name and live with it(as in people will type my domain but land still land on .wordpress.com), or am I supposed to go to wordpress.org, upload wordpress to my FTP, export my whole blog from .com into my new domain^
I'm quite confused to the dimensions of this problem. One of my main concerns is keeping my .wordpress.com so that it still links to the new place in order not to lose my readership/Technorati status. I want to do this right but I feel as if buying that CSS was useless (although cheap). Any help is really appreciated, thank you.