Wow, has it been a year already?!? My inaugural post came on July 23, 2006. I didn’t really have a plan about how this site was going to develop, but the growth has certainly exceeded my expectations.
By my best estimates over a million people have stopped by in the past year, and every month the number of visitors exceeds the previous month. I am so very grateful for the attention and inspiration of my regular readers and I hope that I can continue to educate, enlighten and entertain you in the year to come.
As many of you know, my history with the Web is a long one, but this blog also marks the anniversary of my wholehearted shift from hand coding all my Web pages in HTML and CSS to using the WordPress blogging system. This was a very significant shift for me, but one that was entirely necessary to bring this site to fruition.
This post marks my 689th, and there are nearly 2,000 comments from readers – meaning that YOU all have contributed even more than I have. And for that I am truly grateful. I really love doing this, but your feedback really adds to the enjoyment of the process for me.
It would also be inexcusable for me to fail to thank Matt Mullenweg and the entire team that have contributed to the development of the open source WordPress platform. When I went to WordCamp, the annual WordPress conference, I was unsure about the people I would meet, but I was surprised to find that these are some of the nicest people I’ve ever met. The sense of teamwork and willingness to give back is truly unbelievable.
I hope to do my part to chip in as well, and during my first year I did the following:
- Created and gave away the new Rapid Access theme.
- Updated and re-released the WP Admin Bar.
- Modified / created the Google Translate WordPress Plugin.
- Wrote tutorials on adding 3 Centered Columns to the WordPress footer and how to put Ads on only the WordPress Home Page.
- Put up a video on Everything You Never Wanted to Know About Blog Spam.
I would like to thank you all for the comments, feedback and general sense of community which has developed here at OMB. I feel like I’ve made several new friends, and revived contact with old ones. I am really looking forward to what the next year has to offer…