I have written a couple of times about why correntedebole.com still exists.
It costs me a few hundred bucks every year. I could find some cheaper hosting, but I am comfortable with who I am right now, and I can also run some personal things over there that are not profoundly exposed.
From time to time, I have to argue about this approach. These are the most common comments I get:
- It is a waste of money.
- There are dozens of spaces where you can write for free.
- Having a personal blog does not make any sense in 2021, 2022, or 2023…
Yes, it costs me money to run the blog. I need hosting space and an SLL certificate. The point here is that it is my own space. I administer it, and I can run the software I like the most on it.
Yes, there are dozens of spaces where I can write for free. LinkedIn, Facebook, Medium, and Twitter, just to name a few, where I republish what I write on Corrente Debole.
There are big disadvantages to doing so:
- Not in every place what I write is going to be mine.
- If they are free, they probably monetize my writings somehow. I am still fine with the current terms, but these terms may change over time.
- I have to comply with the Terms and Conditions of the site where I write. I have never had issues with those, but again, those terms may change, and I want to be free to publish whatever I want.
- Those free space may change their attitude towards users, and it is their absolute right to do so. Again, I want to be free. Look at what happened on Twitter in recent times.
- Does it make sense to have a blog in 2023? The answer is definitely yes.
So, as far as I will have the money to keep Corrente Debole alive, it will continue to exist.