I’ve talked to a few people recently who had a WordPress.com blog who left WordPress.com. One left because he wanted more customization features, so he bought some space on a hosted server and installed the free full version of WordPress, moving up in the world of WordPress. This is good because it means you got a taste of how powerful WordPress is, and now you can get your fingers into the power yourself and customize and tweak it to your own needs.
Another left because he realized that he had too many blogs and the work to keep up with all of them was just too much. Since he needed income from advertising, he narrowed his blogs down to those which provide income. While WordPress.com was too much fun, he said, it was also addictive. He kept reading the WordPress.com Dashboard from the Administration Panels to find out who the top blogs were and what new posts had been posted, checking out the new blogs too frequently. “I was just too distracted all the time. But it is so much fun to be a part of a community of bloggers, I just wanted to know what was going on.”
A young woman had a similar complaint. “Not only is there the fun of blogging which WordPress makes so easy, being a part of a community implied a sense of responsibility.” She felt that she had to keep track of what others were saying within the WordPress.com community, as well as the WordPress Community at large. After a month of inner debate, she choose to keep her WordPress.com blog, but to discipline her time and schedule more.
A lot of people quit blogging on WordPress.com, or any blogging service, once the shine has rubbed off and the thrill of newness is gone. This is just the way of the world.
I talk a lot about why people should blog and how to keep up your interest and enthusiasm, but it is also important to understand why people change blogging services or stop blogging all together. In particular, I’m interested in why you left WordPress.com.
So why did you leave? Did you want to move on to something bigger and better? What was that? Or were there other reasons? Tell us what they are so we can all understand why someone would want to leave. And maybe that will help us understand why we stay.