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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Limits

You have limits.

Your body is limited.
Your energy is limited.
Your time is limited.
Your life is limited.

Yet in that limitedness lies a greatness that no god can ever hope to have, because the life of the gods can be taken for granted because it is unlimited.

What is limited is precious.

That is the greatness of limitedness that men have. Your life is precious because it is limited. But are we really appreciating how we use our limitedness? If not, how can we?

Simple.

Know yourself.

As you know yourself more, you keep the things and people in your life that actually matter to you. Then take away those that don’t. As each day goes by and you grow in your self-knowledge, life becomes less, and in being less it becomes more.

You know the things the bring you deepest joy.
And the things that don’t.

Appreciating your limitedness, you focus your time and energy more and more in things that actually matter to you, people that actually matter to you.

All the rest slowly fall away.

The focused light is what burns, the diffused light does not.

To know yourself is also to know your limits.

We may want to learn about many things, but we can only really learn a few things, and fewer things well.
We may want to to do many things, but we can only really do a few things, and fewer things well.
We may want to know many people, but we can only really know a few people, and fewer people well.

It is in knowing your limits that you can truly create the greatness of focusing on the few that is much.

Not many, but much.

Yes, you cannot do many things. You can only do a few things with your limitedness.

But just because something is many, does that immediately make it better?

In focusing on those few things in your life that you have realized are important to you, you do much as you put your whole being into these things.

I would rather do few but much, than many but little.

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What are you doing with your limitedness?