When I first started blogging I began with a Blogspot Blog because it was free and seemed like a good way to get my feet wet so to speak. Later as my blog grew and my ideas of where I wanted to go with my blog became larger I had to look into web hosting options because I wanted a self hosted WordPress blog.
Starting a blog on a free blogging platform makes perfect sense when you are new to this area of the world wide web. When you are looking for a self hosted blog you will also want to look into buying a domain name and learn how to protect your domain ownership. After doing a lot of research from prices to what to watch out for I settled on one company for my hosting and another for my domain name purchases.
I have been blogging since December 2008 and to this day am very thankful I took time to research webhosting and domain ownership issues before making the final decision to become a self hosted blogger.
Question for thoughts: Are you on a self hosted blogging platform? If yes, how did you make the choice to move and did you do research prior to the switch?