I've just bitten the bullet and upgraded my WordPress.com URL over to a webhost (iPage), to allow me to have plug-ins etc.
This seems to have gone smoothly and I have clicked in iPage to install and use WordPress as my editor. Only problem is I find myself with exactly the same functions and features of WordPress as I had before. I thought there would be additional editing options to allow me to 'activate plug-ins' etc. I must have done something wrong, or missed a trick, but can't work it out.
Any help would be very gratefully received!
Thanks, lemonworldgirl :-)