Gotta give props to the software that enables me to publish all my blogs: WordPress.
Just got back from my first WordCamp, in San Francisco. As a blogger, I had no idea of the extent of WordPress’ capabilities in terms of Web design and development — so much so that bloggers are now only a very small percentage of WordPress users.
What an amazing, inclusive, collaborative community WordPress is. So many resourceful people who volunteer their time and energy sharing their knowledge and expertise in contributing code, developing plug-ins, helping others, etc. I am grateful to be part of this community.
So lots of kudos to WP founder Matt Mullenweg and his creative cohorts at WordPress and Automattic, who are making a ginormous contribution to democratizing the Web. Their mantra is “Be the change you want to see on the Web”.
During the panel at WordCamp, as a host and interviewer, Matt combined sharp, insightful questions a la Charlie Rose with the comedic timing of Jon Stewart. He is my 2nd fave “M2″ (msquared:) after Mark Morford, the perversely funny, wildly progressive, uber-creative wordsmith/columnist for SFGate.com. Both are Kick-Ass superheroes, like the movie (inside joke from WP WC; Kick-Ass 2 premieres Aug. 13:), and kick ass in their respective fields. While San Francisco is the home base for both of these intellects, thankfully their creative output has a global audience.
Other take-aways from WordCamp:
— learned about WordPress Meetups in various cities around the country
— you can now put audio files on blogs by just pasting the URL’s
— only 4% of those who create blogs actively maintain them — so I guess I’m one of the 4% now. That’s a step up from being one of the 99%:)
— and, last but not least, there were ah-maz-ing cupcakes at the after-party. If anyone knows who provided them, please let me know.
One last thing – know WP has been around for 10 years now and am thrilled that finally, a capital W now symbolizes the antithesis of everything it stood for during the W. Bush years. Hallelujah!