Phew. The move is done.
There appear to be some speed issues, and I’m looking into them, but I like the new place. It feels roomier, freer. There are infinitely more options and much more flexibility with a WordPress.org installation compared to a WordPress.com site.
Those three little appended letters make all the difference in the world.
The final post on my WordPress.com site will eventually disappear behind a privacy wall, so (for some reason) here it is in screenshot form: