So I’ve had my own self-hosted wordpress.org site for about a year. There are some differences between that and the free wordpress.com site, but not by much. I got to customize some more things. The biggest thing I did was get to change the background on one of the themes.
Seeing as that wasn’t super great, and I got far less traffic there than I did when it was a .com site, I’m coming back. I’ve already moved over a bunch of old posts- have fun reading through them. Give me a bit and I’ll have it all sorted, with hopefully vmjaskiernia.com now redirecting to this wordpress.com site as well.