Today I got a notice from WordPress.com, the website that hosts the Webner House blog, provides the software that allows the easy creation of postings, and keeps an archive of our blog running back to the first posting in February 2009. The notice said it was time to pay for another year of our family’s little contribution to the internet.
The price? $20 for 10 GB of space.
What a bargain!
I don’t pretend that the Webner House blog means much in the grand scheme of things. It’s not setting public opinion or providing essential insight into modern culture. But it is fun. I long ago told Richard, who set it up and presented it as a Christmas present in 2008, that the Webner House blog was the best present I’ve ever received. It allows me to vent and satisfy my nagging writing Jones, it makes me feel like I haven’t totally lost touch with the modern world, and it provides a forum to give an occasional shout-out to people and things that make my life better. And I like it when I hear from EJ, or am challenged by Winship, Doug, or Marcel. If you can’t defend your opinions, maybe you shouldn’t have them in the first plact.
As I’ve mentioned before, blogging is great because it allows Joe Everyman to have his say. It is the First Amendment and Speakers’ Corner writ large, where technology means that anyone with a computer can conceivably reach anyone else with a computer and voice their views. Their position may be rejected or approved, be treated as enlightened or idiotic, but at least it is made public and, potentially, heard. And that is a great thing.
All of that for only $20? Rarely, if ever, will you find more value for the buck.