So, I made the unfortunate error of getting a wordpress.com blog, rather than going for the full fat wordpress.org option, as I was feeling a little bit nervous.
I now want to transfer from .com to .org. Yes - I've found a few guides that give me an outline of how to do that. BUT, I haven't found anything that explains what to do if you purchased your domain name through WordPress when you set up your wordpress.com blog. All the guides assume you didn't do this.
Any suggestions or recommendations on posts to read that I might not have found?
I'm particularly confused about when I need to transfer the domain to 1and1, and whether that will take my existing wordpress.com site down. I've also seen some notes about domain mapping, and there being an ongoing annual cost from WordPress ($12 rings a bell) but I'm not sure it applies in this instance - I hope not!
For reference, I want to move the domain to 1and1 and host my wordpress.org blog there, as I already have purchased a number of domains from them, and want to keep all my domain ownership / hosting through one place (not that I have any other sites, but planning on it in future).