Is Free Again!

As I was working on NoteShell today, something made me think of so I went to the site and noticed this!

A mere 7 months ago, announced it would no longer be offering free web sites. They switched to a new billing model for premium accounts that came out to $90/year. That was more than I pay for my Evernote subscription or about the same with the 50% off coupon they offered existing members with free sites. Apparently that didn't work out as they have quietly brought back the free tier.

Don't get me wrong, I really like It's really easy to put up a blog with your own domain name and has a great selection of themes, but I was disappointed that they dropped support for DropBox and I had some trouble with their implementation of markdown. 

Also, I didn't really want to juggle another subscription service so the idea for NoteShell was born. I only really needed one site for a single author so I decided to work on my own app to meet my own specific needs. 

I've decided I'm going to keep working on NoteShell. I've spent the last 3 months working on it and I really am learning a lot about python and especially ORMs. My goal was to have it up as an open source project by the end of the year so I'll continue to work on it at least until then.

I wouldn't be surprised if gets bought out by Evernote with all the changes going on over there. Who knows, maybe I'll go back to blogging with, but it's kind of exciting to think of what I could do on my own.