Ownership is the new black. That is, in terms of information products.
WordPress is a good example–I have this site, hosted by WP on their servers, thank you very much. I also have my own rented server which I am currently blogging with Drupal. So, on one hand, I have the convenience of a combined server and blogging package, managed by the folks at WordPress, while on the other, I put the package together myself and learned all the configuration and details (and mistakes) and take care of it myself with my own lack-of-IT-experience self.
Now, which should I use?
On the side of “private as in property” I have my own site. I maintain the product, from beginning to end. I am the keeper of my own content. I control where the content begins and ends and how it is presented. No product placement, no special features, I manage all the spam, security flaws, email, and added features. Site goes down, my fault.
On the side of “private as in proprietary” is WordPress’ .com site. Here’s the convenience factor–turn my site over to the WordPress team to maintain and stabilize (and help me be part of a group of other like-minded users), keep the software up to date and bug-free, with lots of added administrative management options, and advanced features pre-loaded.
It’s kind of like a shop in the mall versus a shop on the street, but the content stays when you move out. I’m wondering which has a better future, and which is more convenient. Fortunately, I can afford either, so that’s not a problem. Which would you choose?