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.
WordPress.com 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 WordPress.com blogging service.
WordPress.com 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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