In the span of a few days I received the notice that 3 of my domain names were up for renewal. Also, I knew that my hosting plans for 2 of those were going to renewed during the same time period.
I had recently read an article on torquemag.io explain the process of obtaining a .blog domain name. You can the article here:
So, I followed the instructions and found out that this domain name was available. Even at $30 a year I would be saving money because I was giving up 3 domain names and 2 hosting plans. I could use this domain on a shared hosting plan that I was already paying for.
Getting the domain name registered took a little longer than usual but I was finally able to get through it. Then it was a simple (LOL) matter of getting the domain name point to my hosting company and get WordPress installed. It took some time to get this part working and i had to use Live Chat to get the NameServers but after waiting an hour or so, I was up and running.
A few days later I got an email from email@example.com telling me that I had to do another verification procedure to finalize my .blog registrations. I thought this was spam and was prepared to ignore it but luckily I posted a question on the All About WordPress group on Facebook. Nile Flores (who was attending WordCamp US) replied that it was in fact not spam and it was OK to take the steps for verification. Thanks Nile!
So, I imported 2 of the 3 blogs into this one and am working on getting the third blog merged. The 3 sites were johnparkinson.me, wpknut.com and wpoldfart.com.
I have gotten into the habit of blogging on a regular basis with my volunteering at WordPress TV, so I am thinking this may be a good chance to help me sharpen my writing skills (which I need). You can see the blog here:
Also, I have been doing some webcasting for WordPress TV. You can see examples below.