right now I have a wordpress setup on my own self-hosted domain. to avoid the agony of having to keep on patching and updating my wordpress install, I was considering moving to wordpress.com. to move the four blogs on my current domain, I'd be looking at $10/year for domain redirection x4, plus $15/year for custom CSS x4, that works out to $100 a year. I could afford that if I could keep my Google ads (which earn me maybe $150 a year or so), but not if I have to give up Google ads.
i can't understand who can afford all these add-ons without the means to add low-level monitization. i guess wordpress understandably doesn't want to be hosting piles of spam blogs, but still, what about us little bloggers who use a bit of advertising to pay for the hosting and whatnot?