Nothing in life is free, but if you’re smart, you use some of your skills to avoid paying for some things in your life. As a technical or computer person, I try to avoid paying for things related to computers. I also try to control the computer-related things in my life.
After I installed WordPress, my partner asked if I didn’t have to pay something for it. Remember that I didn’t want someone to own my words and that, if possible (and if they’re worth it), I’d like to make money from my words. So I checked the license for WordPress (took more looking than it should). It’s GPL. It’s rather polished and didn’t look like a community effort — so I just assumed that it had some other model that I might run into.
Ah-ha. the API key. It would appear that for at least two key things (stats and spam protection) the powers-that-be-wordpress charge money. Well… it’s free if you don’t make money on your own personal blog but rises quickly to $5/month if you run ads (which I intend to).
So… note to self. Need to avoid the API key things. Need to find other ways to satisfy those things. It’s not that I begrudge $5/month, it’s that I’m not making $5/month yet and I’m not going in the hole on this one :).