I’m Keeping My WordPress Premium Plan

Yes, that’s right. I’m not leaving WordPress and I renewed the Premium Plan a few days ago. I was lucky enough to find a coupon for 50% off the Premium Plan and ended up only having to pay $63.00 CAD after tax! If you have a Premium Plan and are interested in taking advantage of this offer, please DM me. The coupon is only good for users who already have a Premium plan. 💻

Whenever I compare WordPress to a self-hosted site, I still conclude that WordPress is the best option for me. It’s no surprise that WordPress is popular because of the vibrant, caring online community that supports it. Even if you decided to host your own site instead of using WordPress, you wouldn’t get that same feeling of being part of a larger community. Yes, I know that WordPress is overpriced for what it is but it’s the community of bloggers that keeps me here. You can read my thoughts about WP Plans and what I like or dislike about it, here:

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Regardless of whether you stumbled upon my blog, or you are already a member of the WP community, it is important to be courteous, kind, and respectful of those around you even if you disagree with their opinions. Please don’t be a little b.i.t.c.h. in the WordPress community. Because when you are, it becomes less enjoyable for everyone else.

The online world is already filled with criticism and naysayers. Individuals who don’t like you will always find a way to talk or write about you. It is never been easier to ignore these people because, like they have always done, they’re likely still lurking in the shadows of cyberspace 👀 If I left WordPress, my voice would be silenced, and I would be doing myself and everyone else a disservice. Her name is not mentioned for privacy reasons, but if she’s reading this and recognizes herself in these words, then yes–I am talking about you.

My Voice Will Not Be Silenced

You see, I still have a lot to say; hence, I am not going anywhere. Writing is very therapeutic for me and it helps me make sense of my thoughts and complicated emotions. And I know that there are some people who will disagree with me, but I also like using the Medium platform (follow me on Medium @sereneluna) because it is a great way to share my thoughts with the world. But it is not always easy to use and navigate, whereas WordPress is much easier to use. That’s why I will continue to share [most] of my articles on both platforms.

Furthermore, I have no intention of making my blog posts private because I aim to make all of my content easily accessible. Understand that I am not monetizing my blog content (I make $0 from this blog) so it’s a labor of love. I don’t need to blog for a living, so instead, I do it out of the kindness and generosity in my heart. Instead of putting up paywalls on everything, that’s what Medium is for 💁‍♀️ One way or another, I will find a way to pay for my blogging expenses so that I can continue to provide my readers with quality content.

Dear Readers, I Love You.

I want to take this moment to thank each and every one of my loyal readers for sticking around with me for all of these years. If it wasn’t for your dedication, my blog would never have grown into something so special and I am forever grateful that you have been there through the ups and downs. Something needs to change in order for me to keep going with this blog, but I am looking forward to what the future holds. I know there’s a lot of pressure to be perfect and keep up with social media trends but I don’t want to fall into the trap of being fake. That’s why I want to stay true to myself while also finding creative ways to show my personality. I really look up to bloggers who are able to write controversial blog posts and put out a clear message when they know some readers will disagree but they do it anyway because they are following their own truth. Only a small handful of bloggers come to mind, which I can count on my fingers.

This might be hard to hear (er, read), but I’m gonna be 100% honest with you. You can’t deceive yourself that everything is fine when it isn’t – I won’t lie and say “everything’s fine” when that is not the case. Sometimes my blogging may stop for a few weeks, but I can assure you that I have no intention of neglecting this account. I am not going anywhere, and I still try to find time to read your blog posts when I get the chance. I will admit that I read a lot fewer blog posts than I used to, and try not to get caught up too much in the blogging world these days.

(っ◔◡◔)っKey Takeaway: So I guess I am stuck using the WordPress Premium Plan for another year, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

P.S. If you’re interested in following my stories on other social media platforms, you can find me here. I do not actively post on Instagram and if you try to send me DMs there, I probably won’t reply. Twitter is where I primarily post updates about my personal life, especially my cat! 🐈‍⬛

Instagram: @serene_hilz

Twitter: @serene_hilz

Medium: @sereneluna

Thanks for stopping by! ♥

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43 thoughts on “I’m Keeping My WordPress Premium Plan

  1. Renard Moreau says:

    🙂 I am pleased that you have chosen to stick around for another year.

    Hilary, you are going to cry when you see this blog post of yours via the WordPress Mobile App (The formatting is way off and it looks crazy).

    On a positive note, it looks normal via the web.

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  2. stevescountry says:

    Glad you decided to stay with us Hilary. There are problems with WP all the time but I think it is still the best one. I did try a couple of others, but they just didn’t work out for me. I use a lot of photos so I needed the premium plan to handle that. Getting that discount is a great deal! Mine comes up for renewal in Feb. Keep writing Hilary, it is great therapy, and for me just a lot of fun. Have a wonderful day! 😁😺❄️❄️

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  3. Ludwig says:

    You got a good deal, $63 is a fair prize if you have just one blog. For me it is not affordable as I have a passel of blogs – it would be hundreds of dollars. So I started moving some of my free WordPress blogs to a self-hosting site. Horrible disaster as I have posted – still many months of cleanup work to do. Not much help from either side. You are right that a self-hosted blog does not have full access to the WordPress community. My posts don’t show up in the Reader for folks who don’t already follow me.
    My blogging at WordPress goes back more than a decade. They managed to grow WordPress.com with modest ads – a cost I did not mind. But lately the ads have become overpowering and offensive. They can be eliminated for $2 a month. Again, not a bad price for one or two blogs – but too much for my bunch of sites.

    Ove these years I have found some great friends in the WordPress community. People I treasure. A few annoying ones also, but ignoring troublemakers is not a bad strategy. Mostly they want attention, and if they don’t get it, they find another victim. I find the community a welcoming place. I am glad that I have found your blog. Your thoughts are helpful. Keep at it!

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    • Hilary Tan says:

      Agreed, $63 was a good deal for the premium plan. I have this one blog and I couldn’t imagine having to run multiple blogs 🙊 I already spend $300+ CAD per year on writing expenses and subscriptions and didn’t want to spend an additional $120 for the Premium Plan. Tbh this was the main reason why I didn’t go self-hosted, mainly because most of the self-hosted sites are not very compatible with the WP Reader. The majority of my traffic comes from the WP reader and community and if I were to lose this traffic/community, there would be no point to blogging. I appreciate that you took the time to visit my little corner of the internet. Thank you for reading and commenting! 😄

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  4. Pooja G says:

    I’m so happy you decided to stay but for selfish reasons- you’re one of my favourite bloggers and I would hate to see you go. And yay about that coupon! I used one when I first upgraded to Premium years ago but that was only good for first time upgrades so I payed full after that and now I’m on the Business Plan.
    Also, I know it sucks to butt heads with someone online but try to ignore the haters. The way this person behaved with you shows that they clearly have some issues and it probably has more to do with them than you.

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    • Hilary Tan says:

      That means a lot that you enjoy reading my blog posts, Pooja! I look up to you as a role model so you really put a smile on my face! 😊💕 Last year I was lucky to get a 50% discount when I first signed up so I’m happy to get the discount again this year. Otherwise I would have downgraded to the personal plan. I’m kinda mad at myself for not upgrading to the Pro Plan when that was an option, otherwise I would have. The Business Plan seems to have a lot of features that the Premium Plan lacks.

      Indeed, it does suck being “booted out”. I can’t exactly get away from this person because she follows the same ppl I do and she comments on your blog posts often. I try to brush it off and ignore her but it’s hard sometimes, especially when we have so many mutual blogger friends in common. Still, I’m not going to let that stop me from blogging. I’ve been through much worse, and I know people who quit blogging for similar reasons. I can’t quit… I just can’t. Quitting would be my biggest regret.

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      • Pooja G says:

        Aw thanks 😊Yeah I feel like the pro plan was more affordable and had some great features. Yeah I was forced to upgrade to Business since the Premium Plan doesn’t offer a lot of stuff I need.

        Oh wow, I had no idea. Yeah it’s hard to get away from a blogger on WordPress since everyone knows one another and you end up following the same people. Definitely keep blogging and don’t get pushed around by anyone.

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