Poll: Why aren't you self-hosting your blog?

I’ve noticed that many bloggers in the Atheosphere are quite prolific and popular, but instead of doing what most would expect, that is move to their own domain and manage their own hosting, they either remain in free hosting services (like the Atheist Ethicist) or just get their own domain but remain hosted (like Atheist Revolution). To my continuous surprise, there’s quite a lot of them.

This intruiges me and I would like to know the reasons why you belong to the above group. To this end, I’ve started the following poll [1. If you choose point 7, I’d love to hear why in the comments] [2. Note that you can select 2 choices]:

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Now rest assured that there is a method to the madness . I am not just doing it for my own amusement but I will actually utilise the results I get for your benefit.  I will reveal the how and why in one week, once I have (hopefully) enough answers.

if you are an Atheist who has been blogging for a while, has even a medium audience and still uses a free blog hosting (wordpress.com, blogger, livejournal etc), please take the poll. You can make up to two selections and your answers and comments will affect my follow up post.

I would really appreciate if you spread the word to others in the Atheosphere that might not read this, so as to increase the sample.


UPDATE: I replaced the 6th question (currently 0) with “Other” please use that if the current choices don’t represent your reasons.

4 thoughts on “Poll: Why aren't you self-hosting your blog?”

  1. I've actually just started out blogging, I only have 1 post so far. I know HTML and how to create a website, I'm actually working on a website that displays my cosplay, but when I decided to blog the point was to simply let my ideas be out there. And for that to happen I didn't needa fancy website, but just something simple and useable. So I went with Blogger because instead of using my preciously limited time on writing a website, why not use something that's there and free and has everything I already need? Granted if I wanted to take off with my blog as something more prominant like the blogs you lsited, I might be inclined to create my own. But that's not my goal, I'm content being an unofficial and small atheist blogger. So I picked "I'm not a pro-blogger" and "I don't have time to set it up"

  2. I find WordPress to be annoying. Sometimes:
    It renders as grain-of-sand typeface in IE.
    It creates an annoying hulabaloo instead of letting me comment.
    It has pestered me and pissed me off in other ways over the last two years I can't recall at the moment, but I'm left wondering what people see in it if this is the readers' experience.

    PS: The Intense Debate examples below strike me as being manic enough for the Video Game, ADD Generation, but too "busy" and hard to read for my taste. Boy, I'm in a pissy mood right now!

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