Yesterday, while editing a new post, I made some changes to my original draft and then went to preview them. I immediately noticed that none of the changes had been saved, as nothing was showing in the draft preview window. Attempting to verify the new edits, I had the following message pop up in the WordPress post editor: “Updating failed. Sorry, you are not allowed to edit this post.”
This is the first time in the nearly 18 months of this blog’s existence that I have ever encountered such a message. I was editing what was one of those posts for which I amrather notorious, a post containing very politically incorrect thoughts and words, and this error message (highlighted in a scarlet text box, I might add) only made sense as a an attempt to censor what I was writing. This surprises me not at all, given WordPress’s burgeoning unsavory reputation for content censorship. Assuming that my surmise for the purpose of the error message is correct, I have made the decision to chuckit WordPress.com’s free hosting platform altogether. I haven’t decided yet what I will replace it with, but in the meantime I will be putting a moratorium on new posts on this blog until a suitable alternative platform is found. Leaving new content for even another day in WordPress’s hands is simply not acceptable under these circumstances.
Whatever new platform I choose I intend to keep the same URL (minus the WordPress domain) and title and I will migrate existing content over in order to maintain continuity. I intend to make it as easy as I can for my few followers to continue following me, but have decided that WordPress.com has GOT to go. Free and convenient is still too high a cost if it the product is speech control.