With October in the books, it’s time to take a look at the incredible accomplishments of the WordPress.com community over the past month. Coming in the wake of an impressive September, you raised the bar once again.
You’re a (blogging) force to be reckoned with.
You published 36,311,289 posts, with a collective word count of 9,036,553,158 (yes, that’s over nine billion). If each post took two minutes to read, it would still take you 138 years to plough through them.
You hit the “Like” button 7,845,047 times, and engaged with other bloggers to the tune of 63,108,719 new comments. Shy? Not you.
Our carefully selected Freshly Pressed posts received 103,568 views, with 176 new posts added to the Freshly Pressed fold.
You love media.
Smile, you’re on camera! Your blogs featured no fewer than 12,498,187 Flickr images and 2,106,005 new image galleries. Those sleek image gallery carousels? They allowed your visitors to view 133,385,127 images in their glorious, full-size detail.
You’re a friendly bunch.
You shared 4,972,574 posts with your friends on Facebook, and invited your network to look at 3,144,052 posts on Twitter. Over at Pinterest, your DIY creations — all 1,109,754 of them, to be precise — made quite a splash.
You publish things people want to read.
Numerous WordPress.com bloggers enjoy cross-platform success. Last month, Teri Smieja, who writes about her fight against breast cancer at Teri’s Blip in the Universe, published (with Jonathan D. Herman) Letters to Doctors. It’s a book that educates health professionals and family members alike about the challenges of life with cancer.
Fiction writers thrive here as well: thousands of bloggers are currently participating in National Novel Writing Month, including many published writers. In October, for example, horror writer Jack Flacco celebrated the release of his latest ebook, Ranger Martin and the Zombie Apocalypse.
Finally, a good number of last month’s big viral hits originated in blogs here on WordPress.com. Blogdramedy‘s post, featuring some of the most ludicrous tourist complaints ever recorded, was a hit on Facebook and beyond, as was Hannah Brencher‘s popular piece, 25 Things Every Woman Needs to Know.
You write about everything. And then some.
We love to see the tags you use in your posts: it’s a great barometer of the things that interest our collective mind.
In October, baseball, with 87,618 posts, beat politics (43,941); the Red Sox (1,847) triumphed over the Cardinals (1,329) in more than one way; and dogs (9,291) still had the upper hand (paw?) over cats (5,698).
The late Lou Reed (1,409 posts) and Arcade Fire (571), with their new album, were among the most popular music topics.
We can’t wait to see what you blog about this month. Apparently, you can’t wait for the future, either: in October, already 7,243 posts were tagged Christmas!
An exciting month, community-wide.
October was also an eventful month for us at Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com.
Akismet, our anti-spam software, celebrated its 100-billionth nuked message. While we don’t have 100,000,000,000 themes (yet), we did add four gorgeous ones: Collections, Massive Press, The Parisian, and Writr.
To cap things off, we also introduced a new embeddable follow button, launched WPrightnow, a tag that helps you find fresh takes on current events, and made it easy for My Opera bloggers to find a new home on WordPress.com.
November is already off to a great start — stay tuned for more news (and many more numbers!) next month.
Previous installments in this series:
- WordPress.com News and Numbers: The July Hot List
- WordPress.com News and Numbers: The August Hot List
- WordPress.com News and Numbers: The September Hot List
Nov 8th at 8:46 pm
Thank you for featuring my book Ranger Martin and the Zombie Apocalypse. I appreciate this wonderful community of bloggers and owe all my success to them. Cheers, folks!
Nov 8th at 9:20 pm
That is an almighty impressive list of numbers. It will take 138 years to read the October posts? Hmmm….. I wonder if I should post a speedreading course …
Nov 8th at 9:21 pm
Hi Ben, How tremendous for writers and for the wonderful staff and community of WordPress! I really do like WordPress for my blog.
Nov 8th at 10:13 pm
Incredible numbers, yet a little scary. Are there enough readers to keep our stats happy?
Nov 8th at 10:21 pm
I love reading these number updates, they’re so much fun – and mind blowing!
Nov 8th at 11:24 pm
Hey, it feels great to be just a droplet of this huge news and numbers ocean !
Nov 9th at 12:35 am
I love reading the WP overall stats posts because its like unraveling the universe, there is so much happening out there which we don’t realize nor know about & I take solace in knowing that even though my blog is just a drop in the ocean but it can make a world of a difference.
Nov 9th at 1:10 am
This being NaBloPoMo I can’t imagine what the November figures will be like. Extraordinary!
Nov 9th at 2:40 am
I love that you do this every month. It is awesome and I use your stats often.
Nov 9th at 1:52 pm
I just got to say that I love WordPress, I love the format and it is a great community.
Nov 9th at 1:55 pm
This gives me hope for the world!
Nov 9th at 3:56 pm
I’m blown away by these numbers! Pretty exciting to be part of such a fantastic group of writers and bloggers!
Nov 9th at 9:14 pm
I know I don’t stop by enough but I love it and this is WONDERFUL and such a positive way to look at it. I appreciate all the work that goes into it, it shows. Thank you for sharing!
Nov 9th at 10:44 pm
WordPress provides a great service. I love your cover photo of Italy. I have boated, driven and taken the train to Vernazza and the five villages in Cinque Terre, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, on the rugged coast of the Italian Riviera.
Nov 10th at 12:03 am
Awesome numbers. I love our WordPress community. Keep posting family!
Nov 10th at 12:32 am
WOW! Those numbers are amazing, and it is so inspiring to see the incredible diversity of the site’s content. I am truly loving my experience with blogging on WordPress; this is my first blog (started over the summer), and although I am still trying to gain a wider audience, I am really enjoying posting daily and reading what other people are writing about. Thanks for keeping track of the numbers so we can see another perspective on the incredible work of other WordPress authors (and administrators!).
Nov 10th at 2:25 am
I am new to wordpress and I am loving it. Wish I would have joined the community sooner.. Loving every bit of the experience.
Nov 10th at 4:56 am
Quality – Intelligence- class – worth – clear – lucid – progressive – honest – update – international – help – nice – entertaining – moving – educate -funny – teaching – on top of all social and non social media, congratulations and thank you
Nov 10th at 5:20 am
WordPress is the Best!
Nov 10th at 3:32 pm
Glad to be with this great organization of talented individuals.
Nov 10th at 3:44 pm
Awesome! Thanks for featuring my post (Cinque Terre)!
Nov 10th at 6:57 pm
because i am an easily distracted person, i read that as ‘hot lust’ instead of ‘hot list’. because i am a bad person, i clicked on it instantly.
Nov 11th at 5:00 pm
I’m in love with the Writr theme!
Nov 11th at 10:19 pm
Hooray for the wordpress community!
Nov 11th at 10:20 pm
Oh, and don’t worry, cats will triumph in the end!
Nov 12th at 2:43 pm
What happend to the Blogs I follow prompt!!!? I try to comment, and it takes a loooooong time. if I want to read more, I have to wait for the pop-up then I have to click on th title again. Then making it even worst! when I click and visit a blogpost, the prompt goes all the way to the top instead of continuing down the line of recent posts I want to read further. Gremlins!
Nov 13th at 8:56 am
Ahhh! I see. Thanks. I might have missed the post about that change. If not, I think bloggers need to be educated with the same information you just shared. Thanks again. I genuinely love WP because it continues to improve unlike any other blog carriers. But sometimes, I feel like the newer modifications are unnecessary changes. You guys have reasoning for those changes, and we are willing to accept.
Nov 18th at 1:52 am
Thanks for this monthly round-up of highlights. I missed out on some of the new WordPress.com feature announcements. It just gets buried in your WordPress.com blog.
Nov 20th at 11:56 am
Really, incredible numbers! Congratulations to the entire team! The evolution of WordPress from being a basic blogging service to one of the largest ones in the world is commendable. It’s great to see the progression it has taken while glowing from screens and bringing people together. I have also been using WordPress since 2009 and been observing that it is getting better and stronger. I wish another month of success to WordPress.
Nov 20th at 7:50 pm
It has been delightful to be part of such a talented community. Reading all the fascinating blogs is such an inspiration and has given me a lot of new ideas. I am always touched by the generosity of spirit shown by other bloggers.
Well done WordPress for all your helpful hints, I still have a lot to learn, but I am so glad that I chose you.