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Happy Birthday, WordPress.com

Apologizes to all for wishing a belated birthday wish, so let’s make this a loud one.

HAPPY ONE YEAR BIRTHDAY, WORDPRESS.COM!

One year ago WordPress.com was released out to walk among the bloggers. Matt Mullenweg, Ryan Boren, and Donncha O’Caoimh (among many others) did what many thought couldn’t be done and wouldn’t work. They broke the barrier in free blogging services. And they broke the blogging mold.

The first three months were definitely shaky. A toddler in diapers, moving from place to place by hanging onto the furniture of the full version of WordPress, WordPress.com lurched its way into the path of bloggers. The server crashed repeatedly, the interface melted, things jumped around, posts were lost, and code flew in every direction. Even loyal WordPress users and abusers were not impressed, turning up their noses – even with “free” signs hanging from every virtual wall. Yet, those who believed lined up behind WordPress.com and pushed and pulled it into the powerful blogging service it is today.

The WordPress and WordPress.com developers dive deeply into code that often defies imagination as it whirls and spins to take our words and generates web pages. They may get lost in the language of code, but in their hearts, they know that their work’s goal is to provide an easy-to-use, free, stable, translatable, and powerful blogging tool so everyone can tell their story.

is more than just a free blogging service. It’s foundation lies even deeper than the WordPress collection of php code driven blog management software. It’s foundation is built upon the honest belief that everyone has a right to have a free voice – and that their voice has a right to be freely heard.

No matter how much we want “pretty” in a WordPress Theme, no matter how much we wish the sidebar were on the left instead of the right, or want to add Flickr galleries to our sidebars or posts, insert video or music files into our posts, tag posts, change header art, or wrap text around pictures, it’s all about the stories we share, the memories we recall, pictures we show off, opinions we rattle off, our screams and shouts, our whines and moans, tears openly shed, questions asked, answers challenged, and words we write.

It’s called blogging. And few do it better than the blogging service.

is free and open to anyone, giving all a chance to blog. Black, white, brown, red, blue, or colorful. Christian, Jew, Muslim, Coptic, Wicca, Hindu, Buddhist, or atheist. Young, old, or in between. Physically or mentally impaired, or just a little “off beat”. Got something to say? All are welcome to blog.

Thank you to everyone for the exciting roller coaster of a first year. From the paid staff to the volunteers who give so willingly and freely of their time, energy, compassion, and expertise – to everyone involved with WordPress and WordPress.com, our thanks and appreciation.

The world is a better place with more than 300,000 bloggers blogging free on WordPress.com, in dozens of languages from dozens of countries, all raising their voices to be heard.

Thank you, WordPress.com, and happy birthday!


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16 Comments

  1. Posted August 16, 2006 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

    Thank you very much Lorelle. We’d be nothing without folks like you creating amazing blogs using the canvas we provide. You obviously remember the rockier times — thanks for sticking with us.

  2. timethief
    Posted August 16, 2006 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for writing this fitting tribute Lorelle. I love WordPress and without a doubt entering and becoming part of this awesome blogging community has changed my life. Hat’s off to all the beloved geeks and bloggers who are the foundation of this the very best blogging platform on planet earth.

  3. Posted August 16, 2006 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

    That’s great.

    BTW, I love the theme here.

  4. Posted August 16, 2006 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

    It’s already been a year already? Has it been that long?

  5. Posted August 17, 2006 at 1:27 am | Permalink

    Thanks Lorelle..

  6. Posted August 17, 2006 at 4:48 am | Permalink

    A very eloquent tribute.

    I had tested the waters in blogging with various hosts before settling on WordPress, and I haven’t regretted it for a minute.

    The extensive features, simple but powerful user interface, and thriving community make it the ONLY place to be.

    Happy Birthday WordPress

    May your standing continue to grow and grow.

  7. Posted August 17, 2006 at 9:07 am | Permalink

    That’s just great! :) Congrats WP!

  8. Posted August 17, 2006 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    A happy birthday, I didnt realise it was that new, I have now set up 5 wordpress blogs and really enjoying all the themes etc.

    I was thinking of organising a WP get together here in the UK. Please add your opinions on the wiki at http://www.oursocialworld.com/doku.php?id=wordpress

  9. Posted August 17, 2006 at 10:13 am | Permalink

    Thank you, Lorelle for the tribute to the first birthday of WordPress.com. It was here that in February, 2006, I was introduced to the exciting world of blogging. I have never looked back.

    Blessings,

    Shirley Buxton

  10. Posted August 17, 2006 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    Thank you WordPress. Thank you for letting me express myself! :D

  11. Posted August 17, 2006 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

    Happy Birthday WP. I don’t know where to start thanking you for the endless options I find in WordPress every day. I’ve been using WP for a little over a year and it feels almost like marriage, in the positive sense. Keep up the good work!

  12. Posted August 20, 2006 at 12:11 am | Permalink

    You should be kidding, Mrs. Lorelle…

    Whatever, happy (and late) birthday WordPress.com!

  13. Pranav Shah
    Posted August 21, 2006 at 2:48 am | Permalink

    Of course I cannot agree more… Blogger and Google had a head-start when they had started off.. but then they haven’t really done much and now are trying to play the catch-up game with the new Blogger Beta..

    They are trying to be (still in beta) what our wonderful WordPress already is. I use wordpress on both the wordpress.com as well as the hosted server. However they are personal websites.. I will be starting off with a podcast.. i shall send u the url of that blog.. really soon

    Lots of love to the entire WordPress Community. Freedom always wins over proprietary companies… I love Google for some reasons, however i hate the commercial exploitation of AdSense and blogger… Again i am digressing…(an indication that the person blogs:) )

    A humble suggestion: You have so many RSS Reader options on your side panel… you forgot netvibes.com and Pageflakes, which i feel are really cool and really deserve to be there..

  14. Posted August 21, 2006 at 3:37 am | Permalink

    Thank you guys. I have never been as excited about anything as I am about WordPress.

    if i went into a coma for 3 months, god knows how WordPress wll be like when i wake up :)

    keep on the good work!

  15. Posted August 31, 2006 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    Congrats WP!

  16. Posted September 15, 2006 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

    happy late b-day sorry for forgetting… = { i can’t belaeve i forgot bout urs but you remembered mine, well srry again,but…………. HAPPY LATE B-DAY!!!!!! = }


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