I’ve recently been wondering about the limitations of WordPress.com compared with one’s own installation of WordPress. I was thinking about these limitations as bad things, and in a sense they are.
But then I read Lorelle quoting Ken, and supporting his argument that WordPress.com will give users a taste of what they can do, thus encouraging them to move onwards and upward to “WordPress classic” blogs they manage themselves. It’s an interesting argument, and one I will ponder and post further on.
Both blogs I’ve linked to above are on WordPress.com, by the way. Ken links to Steve Rubel‘s thoughts of switching to WordPress (.com, from TypePad). Interesting though Steve’s post is, I don’t see what a move to WordPress has to do with the long tail. WordPress is a major blogging tool, and nowhere near the tail. It powers a lot of long tail blogs, but then so does TypePad.