This morning, at 2:55am Eastern, as I was waiting for the Apple Store to open at 3:01am — a lovely notification popped up in my WordPress.com admin area telling me today, September 20, 2013 — was my eighth year anniversary on WordPress.com!
Now that is a milestone to celebrate!
I remember I was one of the super-early adopters here on WordPress.com and I was the in the early 500s as a registered user number — there are now over 80 million WordPress blogs in the world. I loved the idea of Matt Mullenweg‘s WordPress.com right from the start: An excellent publishing platform that was dead-simple to use all day every single day of your life!
That eight-year anniversary was added to the new WordPress.com “Trophy Case” that now appears to be part of our accounts.
Writing is all about setting a routine and stepping up to meet a time-crunched deadline of where expectation and experience meet: In a published WordPress.com post.
There’s no hiding from the pressure of becoming who you are meant to be — and writing on WordPress.com is a great tool to help you divine the promise of your life. Are you living up to the bones of your dedication?
Looking back over these last eight years, I realize blogging has changed. With the horrible rise of Twitter and Facebook and “microblogging” platforms like Tumblr — the almighty longform writing that WordPress.com was made to celebrate is getting lost in the cacophony of “me first” micro-vomits into the world.
In that rush to publish every little blurp and un-subtle suggestive, intention is miscast, and we become more about the moment than the multiple granular movements of thought leading up to a single, learned, shared, experience.
Over the last eight years here on Boles Blogs, we’ve averaged 650 new posts a year, over 7,500 comments a year and 1,500 new tags, too! That’s a lot of work and words and wonderment packed into a tiny timeframe.
We thank you for your participation, love and support.
We also look forward to the next eight years with you — and with WordPress.com! — because everything changes while everything stays the same.
Our ongoing moral duty here is to mark flexible grand passages of time and infinite space with specific, hard-won, thoughts that mean something to the all of us beyond the smallness of a single idea alone in the screaming wilds.
We will continue to record the truth.
We thank you.