WordPress – give me advertising & domain names!

I want it my way, and I want it now, and I want it free!

Okay, I know I’m being picky, and probably a little cheap given web hosting is only $4 or $5 a month.  However, I’ve been blogging on and off for a little while, and I do so mostly for my own benefit.  So I’m not really that psyched to pay for it.  If I were doing it for a living, great.  I’d be happy to pay much more.

And I think that WordPress is the greatest blogging software out there.  I used the hosted/free version which limits me a little, but I’m fine with that about 90% of the time.  Because it’s hosted by them, I don’t have to worry about ANYTHING.  It’s easy to set up, fewer features make for fewer problems, I’ve spent literally ZERO time troubleshooting WordPress, and that’s HUGE in my book – so I only have 2 complaints:

1.  Let me put advertisements on my pages!  Seriously.  Keep a portion of the revenues.  My site would probably bring in, what, $15 a YEAR?  So what’s the big deal?  Since you provide me with free hosting, let me advertise and you keep a portion.  Blogger lets me put advertising on my blog.  Why won’t you?

2.  Let me use my own domain name!   Once again, Blogger lets me do this for free, so why would you guys charge me?

I don’t use blogger inspite of the 2 above reasons  because it just isn’t robust enough, and the fatal flaw is that I can’t export my blog should I ever want to switch.  I don’t/won’t/can’t understand this approach.  It’s my content, not theirs.  They shouldn’t hijack it.

Cmon WordPress.  You have great software, most of the blogging community is in agreement with that one.  Just give me these last 2 features!