August is usually a slow month, but around here it was one of our busiest ever. We kicked off the month with the first ever WordCamp in San Francisco which was attended by 300+ people.
Some free features we rolled out:
- Better more links
- Meebo widget
- New login page
- Private, members-only blogs
- Tag Surfer
- My Comments
Of course there was the first paid upgrade, Custom CSS and the Sandbox theme. It was aimed at you more technical folks, since you have to be pretty savvy with CSS to do anything fun with it, but already over 350 blogs have added it. We’ll be rolling out at least one paid upgrade a month based on your feedback.
This is in addition to dozens of backend, performance, and bug fixes that are happening behind the scenes constantly. (For example we have 6 new webservers coming online soon.)
Not bad for a summer month when many of the team was travelling or taking time off. Podz was off for 2 weeks. I’ve been to Austin (for BarCampTexas and Andy’s birthday), Vegas, and currently in New York. Barry is visiting Houston and Andy is up in Vermont somewhere.
How about some stats? In August you guys created about 56k blogs, 57k users, 1.2 million posts, 188k pages, 1.3 million comments, 3.5k support requests, 196k file uploads, and around 45 million pageviews. (Not counting admin section, images, CSS, RSS feeds, etc.)
The most popular theme is Regulus, about two thousand blogs are using the Meebo widget. The tag surfer is more popular than “my comments”, but both are dwarfed by the number of times you guys look at your stats everyday. About 4200 of you have added avatars to your profile.
That’s a wrap!