Should I do it?
Up front: This is not a technical question. Everything is purchased, in place and I know how to map from one to another while keeping the old name so as not to lose all those links out there on the web. I would really value people's opinions on whether to do it, particularly from those with experience when it comes to building traffic, SEO, etc.
Background: My blog is about public speaking. It has been up for almost three years. I have a solid readership that now averages 550 to 650 hits a day.
The names: The blog is called "Manner of Speaking". I tried to get mannerofspeaking.com but someone is sitting on it. I went with mannerofspeaking.org. That has worked well. However, as the blog grows in popularity and may become the basis for something more substantial, I began wondering about the name. Enter "manner-of-speaking.com". I purchased it and linked it to the blog. Today, I have switched over to the .com address to see what transpires.
Pros (as I see them): (1) A .com name. (2) By keeping the .org name and mapping it, I will not lose links. (They are working as I write.)
Cons (as I see them): (1) Possible confusion for some readers, though a quick post can explain. (2) All my social media sharing button counts have been returned to zero; I suspect that this is the inevitable cost of switching.
Uncertain: Are the hyphens in the new name good, bad or neutral?
Thanks very much for any insights that you can share. I suspect that several people might be interested in this issue.
The blog I need help with is mannerofspeaking.org.