Upgrading to WordPress.com Business Plan

Introduction

In this article, I’m going to explain why I took the decision of giving my blog and upgrade and why I chose the WordPress.com Business Plan.

When I started this blog, I chose WordPress.com because, compared to Blogger or other blogging services, it seemed a much more flexible alternative, especially in the long-run. Most web designers I knew were very familiar with WordPress, not to mention that it powers 25% of all Internet websites.

Four years, I’ve been using the Free Plan which, other than a Domain Name, it does not cost a dime. In the beginning, this was very convenient since I didn’t know what to expect from blogging. I was not sure if I was going to like it or stick to it.

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One year of blogging

Teaching is my way of learning

Exactly one year ago today, I wrote my very first blog post. It’s been such a long journey ever since, so it’s time to draw a line and review all my technical writing accomplishments.

I realized that sharing knowledge is a way of pushing myself to reason thoroughly on a particular subject. So, both my readers and I have something to learn from my writing. Finding time to think of future blog topics, researching particular subjects, writing code snippets and the ever-present pre-publishing reviews is worth the hassle.

Under the umbrella

The Internet is huge, so being heard is not something you would leave to chance. From the start, I knew that I needed to do more than writing high-quality articles. When nobody knows anything about you, your only chance is strategic marketing.

Being an avid Java DZone reader I was already familiar with their MVB program, so I decided to give it a shoot. I also submitted a collaboration proposal to JavaCodeGeeks and to my surprise I got accepted soon after my first published post.

Several well-received articles and Allen Coin proposed me for the Dev of the Week column. That’s when I also became a DZone MVB.

Both DZone and JavaCodeGeeks allowed me to reach a much larger audience, so I am grateful for the chance they offered me.

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