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Wordpress Powers More than 50 Million Sites

Monday, July 11th, 2011

If you follow this blog at all, you might know by now that I am somewhat of a fiend for social media. Sites like Facebook and Twitter are changing our world and transforming the ways in which we are informed of everyday happenings.

Blogs are also a useful tool in sharing ideas and information. Anyone can create a blog and therefore anyone can share their thoughts with the rest of the world. Right now, you are reading my blog and taking in what I have to say. It might not be breaking news, but if people read it then I have something worth sharing.

If you are reading this blog right now, you are on a Wordpress site. Wordpress is an open source blogging platform that recently reached the accolade of powering more than 50 million different websites. Half of those sites are hosted on the Wordpres.com site, such as this one here.

Every day, Wordpress users create 500,000 new posts and make 400,000 new comments. Wordpress has attracted many users because of its ease and simplicity. You do not have to be any kind of computer geek to create and update a blog. Users can re-arrange widgets without editing PHP or HTML code. It’s so easy, anyone can do it!

Wordpress was released in 2003 and has since made a huge splash in the online world. This open source blog tool and publishing platform is extremely versatile. It can be used to power blogs and many other various types of personal and business websites. Best of all, it’s free.

The idea of a blog is exemplary of the current status of our society. We live in an online, social-networking world, and apparently we care what other people are doing and what they have to say. Twitter and Facebook are both prime examples of how much we invest into other people’s thoughts and actions.

With Twitter, we can follow certain people’s every moves and thoughts they might have. Celebrities attract a lot of attention on Twitter, because for some reason we really care what where they are eating for lunch or what they have to say about current events. In a way, it brings us closer to them and we feel like we know them better by following them on Twitter.

Facebook allows us to exist in a virtual world where everything is wonderful. Posts and pictures on Facebook are usually taken from the highlight reel of one’s life. Everything is great on Facebook, and we like it that way. It’s a perfect world where nothing really goes wrong and everyone is happy. And we can also keep tabs on what our friends are up to at all hours of the day. For the naïve voyeur, this is a utopia.

Blogs are another form of social media, and they enable everyone with a voice. To be able to publish your thoughts and opinions online for others to read makes you feel kind of important – like your thoughts and ideas actually hold some merit tin this crazy world.

The irony is thick here today. I am using my Wordpress blog as a platform to discuss my thoughts on how important blogs have come to be and how Wordpress is dominating that arena. If only somebody would read this…