Daily Archives: June 11, 2007

The Wayward Word Press: One in a Million

I just visited the WordPress.com site and happened to notice they are now hosting over a million blogs. When I started this blog back in September of 2006 there were over 400,000 blogs, so that in the nine months since they have on average added about 60,000 new blogs per month, which works out to about 2,000 per day, or about 100 per hour, or about one new blog each minute.

This is a remarkable achievement by the WordPress folks. I want to thank them for providing such good service during this period of rapid growth as I haven’t noticed any degradation in service during those months, and also for providing an example of true industrial-strength deployment of open-source software.

Whenever I give a talk on open-source I use Firefox as an example since so many people use it but I suspect few of those who do realize it is open-source software. I’ll have to remember to add WordPress as another example.

That’s the good news.

The bad news is that this blog is but one of the million-plus blogs hosted at this site competing for your attention.

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