I would have thought that my first paid upgrade would be custom CSS, with all the work i’ve put into that. Instead, it’s domain mapping. At the moment i’m talking with the firm i work at about web design and search engine placement. Given what matt said about wordpress.com rankings, i figured the more juice for archgfx.net, the better an example it would be.
UPDATE: if the blue wp.com bar isn’t showing up on the top of this site, (or any other domain mapped wp.com site), you may need to add
*.wordpress.com to your trusted sites (in internet options > security > trusted sites (switching to firefox or opera is still a better solution)).