I am about to move my WordPress blog to my own ISP. I have not yet done the transaction mainly because I want to understand the details first. I have checked out The Tamba2 WordPress Guides by Podz, and I am keeping several other resources close at hand. After reading a large number of posts here in various tags about installation problems, I am hoping to avoid many of the pitfalls that I see others getting into.
My question is more elemental than most of theirs: my current blog URI is riverwriter.wordpress.com. I am hoping I can set up riverwriter.com and then set up riverwriter.wordpress.com as a sub-domain so that my URI stays constant, but I am not sure if that will work.
As well, I am wondering if my blog will still be part of the "Next Blog" search engine.
I am also wondering what the timeline is for transferring the domain name, if it can be kept the same.