WordPress 10th Anniversary Today: And A Look Back

Yes, today is the 10th Anniversary of WordPress. And only 2 days ago I turned 56. With that in mind I did this tweet.

WordPress 10th anniversaryBut what I want to talk about in this post is the idea that Dougal Campbell came up with on his blog: WordPress 10th Anniversary Blogging Project. He noted it was time to think back over the last 10 years and reflect on what has happened. As a result, I am taking his suggestions.

When WordPress was released in May 2003:

  • I celebrated my 46th birthday
  • I had been married for  20 years
  • I was still doing marketing and graphic design for print projects
  • We had just recently moved to Anderson Island, a small island in the Puget Sound in Washington
  • I was in my 17th year of owning and using Macs
  • Celebrated our 10th year of our Cat’s Eye Marketing business

When I first started using WordPress in February 2008…

  • The MacBook Air was released
  • A total lunar eclipse crossed North and South America, Europe, Africa, and Southwest Asia
  • Fidel Castro announced his resignation as President of Cuba
  • George Bush was still president unfortunately
  • We lost Mike Smith of the Dave Clark Five band
  • The first generation of the iPhone was not even a year old yet
  • I wouldn’t have done my first tweet on Twitter until May and open my Facebook account until September
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 was released

Since I started using WordPress…

  • I have quit doing any print design
  • We elected our first African-America president
  • I’ve taught 129 workshops on WordPress
  • WordPress has gone through 10 major releases
  • I have tweeted 21,236 times
  • I have lost more of my hair on top of my head

So there you have it. So much more has obviously happened in these time periods, but you as you can guess, also since WordPress was first released, my memory has also taken a small hit.

Cheers and here’s to another 10 years!

4 Responses to “WordPress 10th Anniversary Today: And A Look Back”

  1. Hi Bob,

    Thanks for sharing your “looking back” ten years.

  2. I was fresh out of high school when I first started using WP, all the way back when it was known as b2. Time flies, it seems. I just taught my first workshop on WordPress last Saturday, and next month hope to make a 4-hour seminar of it. I honestly think it’s one of the greatest Internet inventions of all time.

    Here’s to another 10 great years.

    • Very cool to hear that it goes back that far for you. It took me a bit longer, as I was still doing marketing and print design and slowly moving into the web stuff. And that is great about your workshops and seminars… best of luck with those.

      And agreed, it is one of the best Internet inventions :) cheers!

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