To self-host or not to self-host .. that is the question …
This post assumes you know the general difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org/self-hosted sites. If you don’t the links at the bottom discuss.
You can redirect a custom domain that you own to get rid of the “wordpress.com” in your URL which looks more professional. You can do this with tumblr, Gooogle Blogger and various other services as well.
More and more people are figuring this out and are wondering “Why should I go with a self-hosted site when WordPress.com is free and I can redirect my URL to look more professional so what’s the dif?”