After a red-hot August of publishing news and impressive numbers, we wondered what was next for the WordPress.com community. Here’s a snapshot of September:
You blew up the internet. Again.
Month after month, we’re blown away by what you publish. Talk show host Matt Walsh‘s post, “Dear parents, you need to control your kids,” has racked up more than 2,000,000 views and over 11,000 comments and counting, made a big splash on Reddit, was re-published on The Huffington Post, and mentioned on more blogs and websites than we can count. Like Jon Negroni’s wildly popular “Pixar Theory” post from the summer, Matt Walsh’s open letter was a huge success.
Over on Polémique, KC Schmitz penned a bold and thoughtful piece blurring the lines of feminism: a criticism of the criticism of Robin Thicke’s song “Blurred Lines,” which launched a very lively discussion on the blog, Reddit, many sites on Tumblr, and hundreds of thousands of Facebook walls.
You’ve become go-to experts in the news.
North Carolina-based blogger Emily, who writes about parenting and family issues at The Waiting, was asked to contribute to an article on CNN on kids and online privacy after the correspondent working on the story discovered Emily in a three-part series on parenting blogs over on The Daily Post.
We’re thrilled that an active participant in our community has been recognized as a voice and authority in her field. Got a similar story? Let us know.
You’re busy creating and interacting with others — it’s inspiring.
In September, you created 1,369,067 new blogs, for an average of 45,636 blogs a day. Thursday, September 12, was the most popular day to start a new blog.
You wrote 35,382,026 posts, which racked up a lot of pageviews:
You subscribed to 2,711,195 blogs, left 61,210,995 comments on each other’s blogs, and liked 7,448,923 posts. (We love the engagement and positivity!)
You’re mobile and touch device users.
1,392,428,652 pages on WordPress.com were viewed on a mobile device.
Of those pages, 299,822,183 were viewed on an iPhone.
207,818,451 were viewed on an iPad.
And 4,206,986 were viewed on a BlackBerry 10.
You published many posts on current events and topics that matter to you.
Our community is made up of people from all over the world, passionate about many different things. In September:
2,444 posts were about going back to school.
2,990 were about Kenya — and many of these commented on the Nairobi mall shooting.
51,316 were about food.
61,747 were about travel.
75,297 were about love.
76,389 were about music.
1,726 were about atheism.
20,121 were about baseball. (Have you written about your favorite MLB team in the playoffs?)
38,309 were about football.
3,231 were about CrossFit.
We’re humming along behind the scenes.
In addition to users like you, this community is also made up of people who work on WordPress.com each day. In September, we launched four new themes: Highwind, Nurture, Traveler, and InfoWay. Working alongside a partner, EventBrite, we also announced a pair of themes made especially for events: for one-time events and for those who host events regularly:
Just like our community of users, Automattic — the company behind WordPress.com — continues to grow and work on products and services to make your online experience better. At the end of the month, we announced that Cloudup, a fast and sleek media sharing platform, had joined the Automattic team.
We also relaunched Simplenote, an app Automattic acquired earlier this year, which — true to its name — is a simple way to take and keep notes.
That said, we’re hiring! Fourteen new Automatticians started in September, and we’re looking for more. You can (virtually) meet some of the fine folks who work on WordPress.com and within the Automattic universe in our “Five Minutes With…” series, too.
We can’t wait to see what October brings. Happy blogging!
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Oct 9th at 5:23 pm
Sadly, all these numbers are saying we need to get off our devices and interact more in person. I find this post rather depressing.
Oct 9th at 5:28 pm
Wow, that’s a lot of numbers.
Oct 9th at 5:32 pm
Congratulations, Matt Walsh!!! Love the truth that you write and that you’re not ashamed to write it. Many of us out here sincerely appreciate your integrity. We appreciate your wife and children too! You guys are a blessing!!
Oct 9th at 5:43 pm
My mind can’t think this high in numbers
Well done to everyone..
Keep on keeping on..
The best site on EARTH by a large country mile!!
More love, less hate
Oct 9th at 5:59 pm
That’s really powerful! It’s really encouraging to know how much people love to interact with and learn from each other. There’s always a new perspective to discover!
Oct 9th at 6:32 pm
Thanks for this. I like stats of all sorts, but what I would really like to see are distributions and/or rather than just totals. For instance, are the pageviews distributed evenly across posts? I expect that it is highly non-uniform. Are the pageviews distributed evenly across topics? This too would be non-uniform, but perhaps in very interesting, maybe even unexpected ways. Stats about how people navigate across wordpress blogs or within a blog would be interesting too i.e. what sort of linkage is more effective than others. In fact, there is a whole host of related topics that comes to mind here — how are the “You May Like” blogs in the Reader chosen, and do they “work” i.e. is that proving effective for the community? Should this list consist of blogs or would it work better if it consisted of individual posts? (I have a whole host of other questions too, and some relating to my own blog, but I suppose that’s for another place and time!)
Oct 9th at 6:47 pm
Thank you, WP. I can’t tell you how many folks have thanked me for distilling all the information out there on diet and cancer and delivering clear, concise summaries on my blog.
Together we can do more. Who said that?
Oct 9th at 6:48 pm
Smallhousebiggarden expressed a similar thought that crossed my mind, but then Cheri responded with my thoughts exactly. In fact, for me, writing my blog posts absolutely helps me live my life more fully. If I didn’t take the time to write and post, I would undoubtedly missed out on the beauty that surrounds me. Thank God for WordPress!
Oct 9th at 6:53 pm
Writing my poems and pieces actually helps me live and live anew the joys and even the sorrows of my days; it gives me pause and perspective, and I am ever-thankful for that. In fact, I’ve got a blogging buddy with whom I literally meet up in person and share the graces of posting!
Oct 9th at 6:55 pm
I disagree with SmallHouseBigGarden’s comment above as I enjoy the interaction between bloggers through reading posts, commenting and replying. I feel that I have got to know people in a worldwide community who I would never otherwise get the chance to meet. I wish I had more time to read more blogs as so many are informative and thought provoking as well as being entertaining. These numbers show just how much stuff is out there waiting to be discovered.
Oct 9th at 7:37 pm
Oct 9th at 7:45 pm
I had over 90,000 page views in September. A past article was linked to by Huffington Post. Certainly spiked my readership.
Oct 9th at 7:53 pm
I never seen any mention of garden/gardening blogs. There’s no theme geared toward us, no mention of our stats or even of our existence? What’s up with that? Maybe I’ve missed it. We’re here too and we’re blogging like crazy!
Oct 9th at 8:11 pm
I hope one day an article is written (like this) on my blog. I have got 74000 views in the month of September and October as of today.. I am loving WordPress!
Oct 9th at 8:19 pm
I love the fact that to this whole community of WordPress bloggers and readers even baseball was more important than religion (and/or the lack of it), and that football is almost twice as important as baseball, and that neither of these is a topic anywhere near as interesting as food, love, travel, or music. We’re in a mentally healthier and better balanced world than most other information sources would have you think.
Oct 9th at 8:26 pm
I really appreciate all my readers whether from WP; browsers; sent through email; or on LinkedIn. I find that I get the most traffic during the holiday months. Thanks, WP!
Oct 9th at 8:27 pm
Wow! Congrats to Matt, KC and Emily, as well as Rob Scubadiver and Team Oyeniyi. Cheri, thanks for the numbers!
Oct 9th at 8:51 pm
Excellent, awesome, overwhelming, mind-blowing WP is that and more, the figures tell us WP is a force to be reckoned with. Connection, interaction, communities world-wide and don’t forget to mention the challenges. How many different challenges are there happening in the community each week? I love them. They give me an opportunity to stroll down memory lane as I search for a special photo to represent the challenge theme. Would I regularly look at all those thousands of photos stored in the hard drive? I don’t think so. What’s more every time I take a photo I have a WP post forming in my subconscious. Thanks WP team for helping us to connect so effortlessly in cyberspace. Take a bow, a pat on the back, a big bouquet of flowers and countless curtain calls this is one fan that appreciates and loves you all for your dedication.
Oct 9th at 8:57 pm
This is great news. I am proud to be a part of the WordPress community.
Oct 9th at 9:53 pm
Hi Cheri, I am happy that I topped 2000 views in four months. It was more than I expected.
Oct 9th at 10:30 pm
It’s great being part of such a vibrant community. Thanks WordPress.
Oct 9th at 11:16 pm
We’ve had some very appreciative comments from those who’ve visited our educational site.
2 500 hits per month is really pleasing.
Thank you WordPress.
Oct 10th at 1:24 am
Thanks for bringing me back to life. It may be cyber but I am alive and feeling kind of creative.
Oct 10th at 3:15 am
Congratulations, WordPress, and fellow bloggers!
My blog is pushing 7 months, and I’m not even a blip in the WordPress firmament. I recently celebrated, when one day there were 175 views (it went downhill after that). Hey, Matt Walsh, 2,000,000 views?? Congratulations!
Oct 10th at 4:58 am
Wow! 50,000-90,000plus views in a month!! That’s amazing! I thought getting over 2,000 was good! =( lol! jk. Way to go!! =)
Oct 10th at 6:21 am
I love seeing how many different countries view my blog each day. I have even used them as Geography lessons for my youngest who I am homeschooling.
Oct 10th at 8:26 am
Great ! Congratulation to him for his 2,000,000 views
Oct 10th at 8:35 am
So great to be part of this amazing, high-achieving WordPress family!!
Oct 10th at 9:31 am
Kudos to all my fellow bloggers. I am new on the scene but I’m already excited. WordPress is a wonderful platform and I’m raring to go….
Oct 10th at 12:16 pm
That is great news and very encouraging – I am looking forward to that type of results!
Oct 10th at 12:30 pm
Great to see the success of blogging. Just started myself and I’m happy to see the results! Well done to all
Oct 10th at 2:39 pm
This makes my 45 followers and 155 total views seem really puny, but then I realize that it takes a lot of grains of sand to fill a beach and every grain is important, even my small contribution.
Oct 10th at 4:25 pm
Wow! Amazing numbers.Thanks for your post Cheri
Oct 10th at 4:47 pm
THESE NUMBERS ARE CRAZY! My goodness!
Oct 10th at 5:27 pm
Numbers interesting, if not actual commercials embedded, real subject of interest for those who seek them. then only reasons to celebrate, yes!!
Oct 12th at 4:58 pm
Thank you for including me in this post, Cheri! I am still completely gobsmacked that I was included in the CNN article, and I owe a great deal of the success I’ve found writing to the wonderful WordPress community.
Oct 14th at 4:34 pm
Love and music have the most people blogging, and more people are writing about religion than about atheism. Very nice!
Oct 19th at 2:42 am
Wow! The numbers are staggering!
A lot of us have made this place home in a way makes me so proud to be a part of this.
Oct 19th at 5:56 pm
WordPress successfully created a business model that brings success and generates revenue for the company, the developers and the clients. That is why it works. Much like Amazon made money from investing in its future and believing in its business model, WordPres gave people the tools to create and then stepped back and let them use the tools to create themes, blogs, websites, etc.
We at Elegant MicroWeb find that the WordPress tools are intuitive so WordPress development AND WordPress developers are the foundation of eCommerce, forums, news sites, galleries, event management and many other types of sites and content management. Congrats on your success.
Oct 21st at 8:08 pm
Amazing numbers! It is really fascinating to see some insider informations, like these statistics, and I would be even more satisfied if there were more information about the distribution between countries to see how many people is using it in my country or the countries I am aiming my posts. Also there are no numbers about my field of work, technology news or reviews, more specifically mobile phone gaming. I know it is still a young and not so widespread topic to write about, but this is going to change as the line between mobile and console/PC gaming slowly disappears.