I have moved my blog over to WordPress.com. It’s not that I didn’t like the previous hosting service, but they sent me a note saying they’d no longer be responsible for providing free WordPress.org hosting, and I could not be bothered to fight with them about that.
The transition has not been perfect. I started off doing something incredibly bone-headed, which made it impossible for me to export my blog. I then fixed that, but then other problems made the imports not work as expected (or not work at all). The WordPress.com support team were responsive, and after several iterations, they were able to import my 199 posts and have all my images hosted on their site. That’s the good news. The bad news is that all of my photos have been renamed slightly, which means that any references out there on the web are likely to wind up with Error 404, until they can be fixed to point to the right places.
That is indeed a bummer. But I that’s about as good as it’s going to get, I’m afraid.
I will miss the direct SQL access I had from my own hosting service, but I would miss even more not being able to post any new blog entries.