Why I chose to maintain a free WordPress website over a paid website

I made a website and paid for the domain and the hosting.

The domain was http://www.bitesizedphilosophy.com. It cost me about 1500 pesos for a year’s worth of domain and hosting.

This blog right now of http://www.bitesizedphilosophy.wordpress.com is basically the free version of my previous website.

I chose to discontinue my paid site and to replace it with this free wordpress site.

Why?

1. Simply because it was more than what I need.

I didn’t need the features that the paid site could provide. I didn’t need that much memory for my site. I didn’t need the paid site.

All I needed was a simple platform through which I can express my thoughts.

It’s great. This free site even looks and feels better from my previous theme. I really appreciate that this service can be given for free.

I don’t regret the experience of creating a paid site, because it has taught me a lot about how to make a website, buy a domain, use a cpanel, code a bit, etc. But it’s not necessary for my purpose, it’s too much.

2. I could use the money for other things.

1500 pesos for some might not be a big amount, but as to me, I really pay attention to the smallest details like these. 1500 pesos per year would equal to 15000 pesos in 10 years.

This is a project that I wish to sustain, and given my needs and resources, it’s not wise to sustain the paid site.

I want to be able to maximize the use of all my limited resources. I have other dreams and goals that I would like to fund with the money I save from this.

Knowing what is actually essential and what is superfluous is key to maximizing the use of one’s resources. In my case, I only need the essential services of the free service.

3. I don’t get paid for it.

The site that I share my thoughts and insights is not something that I am doing for profit. I wouldn’t bar the possibility of making money from writing though, but this is something that even if I wasn’t paid to do, I would still do.

If money was no object, writing would still be a part of my life. Even if only I or a few friends will be the only ones to read it.

I don’t get paid for this website. But what I do get is another thing: a fulfilment of my purpose. I feel alive when I write things like what I write here. I feel especially fulfilled if even just one person is inspired by the stuff I write.

4. Best part is, it’s all for free!

Yeah. It’s everything I need for my purpose, and it’s for free. Awesome, right?

Well, I believe that things, in reality, are for free. We are the only creatures in this world that actually have to pay to live. Money only exists because two or more people believe it exists. This also applies to the relative values that are placed upon different things.

Money is something that is used in a system to exchange goods and services, but the way it is used right now makes a lot of inequality and suffering happen, because human and involved relationships become inhuman and detached transactions.

I believe that eventually we as a human race will evolve towards a system that is beyond money. For these ideas, I recommend checking out Daniel Suelo, who also operates a free blog and Mark Boyle with his freeconomy ideas and moneyless manifesto.

I think that eventually all of us will learn to see that a system where everybody gets what they need and are happy living together is possible – if we only learn to share.

This website is one of my ways of sharing freely.

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This website is one way I come alive, and I wish to share it. I hope that some may be inspired by these words that flow through me.

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a toast to the small

small, small
i find my
world
so small
yet in that
smallness
i find
greatness

i know few people
i do few things
i own few belongings
i go few places
yet in that
few
i find that
nothing is lacking

each person’s life
is really small
in that i find
no problem at all

for in realizing
your smallness
you truly realize
your greatness

you are great
when you fully love
the few people
you have in your life

you are great
when you fully do
the few things
you do in your life

you are great
when you see the small
for what they
truly are

size or number
do not determine
the importance
of something

the smallest of things
has its purpose
has its meaning
has its greatness

remember that the small
is what makes the large

the beach is the beach
grain by grain
the ocean is the ocean
drop by drop
the universe is the universe
star by star

the universe is contained
within a grain of sand
in your smallness
is your greatness
you are the universe

words and meaning

words are merely traps that catch
meaning
like traps that catch
fish

once you have caught the fish
you do not need
the trap

once you have caught the meaning
what do you need
words for?

often times people get caught
in the trap
of words

they forget that words are only
traps for
meaning

they say that this or that word
is what you should use
to refer to this
meaning

and that other words
are not what you should
use for the same
meaning

focus on the fish!
focus on the meaning!
do not get caught in the trap of words

a golden trap and a wooden trap
can catch
the same fish

an eloquent word and a simple word
can catch
the same meaning

different traps may be pretty and novel
but remember that the meaning
is what the words
are for