What do I know about WordPress? I’m a blogger and I have five blogs and one website all on WordPress. When I discovered WP, I was fascinated how easy it was to start my own blog and use customized themes and features. Today you can Do It and Maintain It Yourself instead of paying someone to do it for you. As the organizer of Santa Monica New Tech I praise WP as a great tool for entrepreneurs to create a mock up of their MVP (usually a landing page and a blog post).
Finally technology is available for non-techies and empowers them to be creative!
From Wikipedia: “WordPress is a free and open source blogging tool and a content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL which runs on a Web hosting service. It has many features including a plug-in architecture and a template system. WordPress is used by over 14.7% of Alexa Internet’s “top 1 million” websites and as of August 2011 manages 22% of all new websites. WordPress is currently the most popular blogging system in use on the Web, powering over 60 million websites worldwide”.
I had no expectations about this party, all I knew is that WordPress is turning 10! I signed up to attend this event on Facebook page http://on.fb.me/1avNk6g and Meetup page http://bit.ly/18rlN9D. With no traffic in about 30 minutes we got to Zeek Interactive hosting the OC party for Wordpress 10th Anniversary. Over the next 3 hours there were about 60-70 people celebrating with Mexican food buffet style, margaritas, beer and live feed of #WP10 Tweets. My picture was taken by Kevin @hbeach at the beginning of the event and I saw it immediately on the wall.
I learned there are at least 12 WP Meetup groups in South California, and I met almost all of the organizers of those groups at this party: San Diego – Chris Lema, SoCal – Natalie and Noel, Inland Empire – Verious, Pasadena – Alex, Orange County – Steve, Topanga – Lucy. I was told that usually 40-50 people come to the average meeting, and about 100 to Santa Monica events.
It was great to talk to people and hear why they love WordPress. Developers, bloggers, UX and graphic designers and consultants. The culmination of the night was the blue pinata unicorn that gave sweets to all attendees. When I came home, I did more research on WP groups: SoCal is the 7th largest WP Meetup with 1301 members in the US after NYC with 2716, Boston, SF, Dallas, Austin and DC, not counting other WP groups in the country.
Then this morning I was curious to find my own picture taken yesterday at the event. I went to http://wp10.wordpress.net/. I clicked about 110 times “Load More” before I found it and what I saw while clicking amazed me.
If WordPress was a child, it would be the most loved and celebrated child in the world. At least yesterday. Hundreds of parties were thrown in its honor around the world: Tokyo, Indonesia, India, Pakistan, Switzerland, Austria, Montreal, Vancouver, Mexico, Mongolia, Buenos Aires, London, etc. and of course in the US: Boston, SF, LA, Texas, Sacramento, Seattle, NY, Houston, Orlando, and many more locations!
I wowed at WordPress art : custom made cakes with beautiful designs like the one from Seattle. People were sending pictures and messages full of love and adoration: “I Love @Wordpress happiness #WP10” @jcvalencia10.
I decided to count hashtags #WP10 at about 12:45PM PST on May 28, 2013. There were about ~1500 proper hashtags, never mind pics and messages that were not tagged by hashtags.
I’m truly impressed with what WP achieved in just 10 years. In the next 10 years it will unite more people of different races, religions and nationalities and become more plug-in friendly. WordPress is a great example of technology bringing peace to humankind. Thank you, WP, and keep up good work!