Maybe it’s like when I’ve spilled coffee on my shirt, and I’m convinced that everyone is thinking “Why does Doug have coffee stain on his shirt?” when no one actually noticed or cares.  The coffee stain, in this instance, is the wordpress.com domain name you’re seeing the address bar up there, and I’ll take the same approach I usually do with coffee stains:  draw attention to the embarrassment first so that everyone knows I know.  This way I can sit back and preen over how gracefully I demonstrated my own awareness of my flaws and everyone else can go back to not caring.

I’m a computer geek!  I can host my own server on the Linux box I bought ten years ago (or at the very least rent some shared server space somewhere).  Why am I using a free wordpress account with a default theme?

Simplicity.

And (here’s where I turn this little self-justification into philosophical pontification, watch and learn, dear reader) that’s often really the best reason for any choice where digital technology is involved.  In programming projects it’s often tempting to try to give users all the control you have as a programmer, but most users, even expert users, don’t want that freedom.   Unless we’re going to spend a lot of time with a piece of software as a central part of our research, we just want to do something quickly and easily.  It’s great if it looks good.  It’s nice if the functionality extends from simple to advanced control seamlessly (as many Microsoft and most Google apps do), but if a choice has to be made I’d rather have something simple and easy (with the option, like WordPress provides, to download the source code and get really advanced if I need to).

So see, I know!  You can now return to not caring!