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Attention all WordPress.com Decaturish followers: Change is afoot


Attention all WordPress.com Decaturish followers: Change is afoot


SheldonChangeThis post is directed at readers who follow Decaturish using WordPress.com.

There are quite a few of you, about 100 in fact. That’s awesome. I love knowing that you are interested enough in what Decaturish.com is publishing that you want an update every time there’s new content.

But there’s something important you need to know.

I’m about to make a big change and that will affect how you receive updates. Within the next few weeks or so (I haven’t picked out a firm date yet) we will be switching everything over to a self-hosted WordPress.org site.

It’s a little technical, but basically this means that WordPress.com users who have followed us through WordPress.com will no longer receive email updates once I make the switch. I’ve looked into the matter, and there’s really no satisfactory way to import all of the followers over to WordPress.org.  (I’m highlighting the .org and .com suffixes because a lot of users confuse the two. WordPress.com hosts your site for you, while using WordPress.org means you are hosting your site with another company.)

UPDATE: I did have a reader check in who said there’s a way to import followers that wouldn’t be too painful. I’m still researching it. In the meantime, I figured better to play it safe and let you know that change is coming. One reason I did the post today is we’ve had several new followers in the last 24 hours. I wanted to make sure we were all on the same page.

Why am I switching to WordPress.org, you ask? The big reason is advertising. WordPress.com places a lot of restrictions on how you monetize the site, and working around them is more trouble than it’s worth. I also can’t use Google Adwords on WordPress.com because WordPress.com wants you to use its proprietary data to measure traffic, unique views, etc.  When I make the switch, all of you wonderful WordPress.com users will stop getting updates. Obviously the thought of losing 100 syndicated views gives me a little heartburn.

The good news is there are several ways to follow us when we switch to WordPress.org without using your WordPress.com account.

The best way would be to sign up via our mailing list. This will send you a daily digest of all Decaturish.com posts.

To join our mailing list, click here. You will get an email asking you to confirm your subscription. If you don’t receive it, be sure to check your spam filters to make sure it didn’t get stuck there accidentally. (Some email services are more hypersensitive than others.)

If you prefer to get an update every time we post, we automatically update our Twitter feed every time we publish new content.

To connect with us on Twitter, visit https://twitter.com/Decaturish

You can also connect with us on Facebook by visiting: https://www.facebook.com/Decaturish

Of course, you can always see new content by visiting Decaturish.com on your computer or mobile device.

I apologize for any inconvenience this might cause WordPress.com users. When I realized we had more than 100 followers, I knew that it was time to get the word out about the switch. I’ll try to post this again as I get closer to making the change. If you have any additional questions, please email me at [email protected] and I will do my best to answer them.

I think you’re going to enjoy the new site. Thank you for reading and for sticking with Decaturish.com during this important transition.