I see many people comment on social media – Facebook, blogs, Twitter, etc. who won’t read or visit your blog for one simple reason – you have .wordpress, .blogspot, or some other blog platform as part of your blog‘s URL.
In my opinion, some of the best blogs I read use their blog platform’s free version. One day I will upgrade to a paid version, but I am looking at the $8/month Premium option which is outside my price range for a while. I considered the Blogger ($3/month) or Personal ($5/month) options, but they don’t meet my needs.
Shortly after starting my blog back in 2013, I went with a paid option using a reseller, 100th Post Or Is It? Reflections – Past, Present, and Future. I cancelled it after a year as I didn’t think the price was worth the value they offered. At this point, I don’t have the money to upgrade to the Premium paid plan. I could probably find a cheaper alternative using one of the major WordPress resellers, but that would only be good for the first term as most of them offer a good deal on your initial term, but later raise it when you renew.
I care more about the content of your blog than if you spend money on a paid upgrade. I see plenty of bloggers who use one of the paid options, but the content on their blog doesn’t meet my minimum standards to read. That’s true of some bloggers who have a lot of Followers. I would miss out on a lot of interesting bloggers if I went with ignoring those who have .wordpress, etc.