Recently I have taken the effort of moving my blog off of WordPress.com and onto my own WordPress installation on a server. WordPress.com was great for convincing me that a blog was worth while and starting to focus on what mattered. It helped me get a hold of my own online identity, as Scott Hanselman notes that owning your online identity is important.
Now however, other things are starting to matter. WordPress.com blogs have a few restrictions. The lack of full content control made things feel constrained. WordPress.com also requires you to surrender your DNS server to them if you are going to have your own domain. Lack of full DNS control also felt constraining, particularly when I was trying to get Office 365 going.
I took the time to also use this as a learning experiment. I hadn’t had the chance to do anything with NGINX, so I setup NGINX, APC, and WordPress on an Ubuntu 12.04 LTS server. I’m quite impressed with NGINX.
So hopefully this move will mean I get to write more interesting things, and other things with this server.