I began posting on this blog in March of 2012.
I have written on very many different subjects. I have whinged about politicians and local, national, and international happenings and I have told simple little stories about my dog and visiting birds and wildlife.
I have tried to be light-hearted yet been angry and even controversial at times.
My latest whinge concerns how once simple websites for blogging have turned into money-making commercial ventures.
The Weebly site I have used for eleven years has been good for me as a way of reaching people and expressing my thoughts on a variety of subjects
I pay a small amount to maintain my domain name — every two years it’s $67.90.
But now I have been informed that I must pay Weebly at least $10 per month or my site will become inactive.
Well, that’s a shame.
In a vain attempt to continue my blog writing, I reinvigorated an old Word Press site I had started some years ago and tried to transfer my current domain name and contents to that site.
Just to be sure, I started another new one, also using Word Press, @disey42 on WordPress.org, and checked that my ‘old’ website at www.diannaedwardsandwriting.com popped up there okay.
Success! But, no, I was unable to add anything to either of them unless I paid.
Both web publishers claimed to offer a free service, but that didn’t seem to be the case once I tried to add to an almost bare site.
The crux of this blog is to say that along with so many, other once-easy-to-manage – and free - internet facilities, such as eBay (that’s now almost fully commercial) there is no longer room for ‘little old ladies’ such as me, to be able to simply share things for free online.
Sure, I can understand that businesses need income to survive — flourish even — but to have no space for the ‘little people’ seems to be the way now.
As a consequence, I will no longer be posting blogs.
How long my site will remain accessible is anyone’s guess. Perhaps it will stay here as an historic reminder of days gone by.
Farewell. It was good while it lasted.
I choose to comment on social issues and write creatively on a variety of subjects - for a variety of audiences.