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The 2015 WordPress.com Year In Review!

The final numbers and the biggest moments of the year.

Here’s an incredible fact: together, you published more than 660 million posts on WordPress.com in 2015, and made more than 655 million comments.

That’s a whole lot of joy, laughter, tears, insight, and thoughtfulness. And it’s just one part of a huge global community of people — WordPress now powers more than 25% of the internet — with interests ranging from the news shaping our world to personal stories that shape our own families and lives.

We talked about the serious and the mundane, the silly and the sorrowful; we talked about creativity, sports, marriage, parenthood, politics, love, romance, differences, divisions, and identity.

From all of us at Automattic to everyone in the WordPress.com community: it’s been a thrill to watch, participate in, and support your work.

Here’s a quick roundup of notable moments from 2015:


Viral Hits of 2015

I thought, if there’s one person society won’t f— with, it’s a marathon runner.

Kiran Gandhi, who ran the London Marathon while free-bleeding, in the viral post, “Sisterhood, blood and boobs at the London Marathon.”

We have all learned, either by instinct or by trial and error, how to minimize a situation that makes us uncomfortable. How to avoid angering a man or endangering ourselves. We have all, on many occasions, ignored an offensive comment. We’ve all laughed off an inappropriate come-on. We’ve all swallowed our anger when being belittled or condescended to.

—Gretchen Kelly of Drifting Through on “The Thing All Women Do That You Don’t Know About.”

There is no After – happily ever or otherwise. There is only today. Just today – During.

—Lisa Durant (Can Anybody Hear Me?) in “The After Myth,” on losing weight, and facing questions about identity along the way.

For mothers in the workplace, it’s death by a thousand cuts—and sometimes it’s other women holding the knives. I didn’t realize this—or how horrible I’d been—until five years later, when I gave birth to a daughter of my own.

—At Fortune, Katharine Zaleski writes an apology to the moms she used to work with.

Five-year olds shouldn’t straight line.

Why did this one?

Because of gun violence in the city.

—The story of “A Senseless Death,” from don of all trades.

Girls can do anything that boys do but it turns out that sometimes they get killed for it.

—In “Being a Girl: A Brief History of Personal Violence,” Anne Thériault (The Belle Jar) traces a lifetime of gendered assault, harassment, and threats starting at age six.

Curry isn’t a product of the math; he’s so good that he has his own math. Indeed, the math is so far in Curry’s favor that the Warriors — and even basketball in general — may not fully understand what they have yet.

—At FiveThirtyEight, Benjamin Morris looked for a mathematical answer to the question: just how good is Stephen Curry?


Covering World Events

From the tragedy of the EU refugee crisis to the community coming together to uplift each other following attacks in Paris and Beirut, WordPress.com bloggers offered unique perspectives on what happened around the world in 2015:

“Most never thought they’d be in this position.”

—From Lionel Beehner’s visit to the Zaatari refugee camp. More blogs featured in On the Run: Blogging the European Refugee Crisis.”

We don’t have to be united. We don’t have to agree. We don’t always have to “stand together,” even. That’s precisely what makes us strong, and that’s precisely what makes our way of life worth defending.

—Drew Messinger-Michaels (Everybody’s Talking at Once) on the Paris attacks. Featured in “Don’t Be Who ISIS Wants You to Be”: Bloggers on Paris and Beirut.

This is a day for celebrating equal treatment by the law, and equal recognition by the state.

—Lela Urquhart, at Tropics of Meta, on the history of marriage. Featured in the roundup “#LoveWins! LGBTQ Bloggers Make Their Voices Heard.”

 


WordPress.com Bloggers with Books

BooksSome of the most talented, creative people in the world are part of this warm, cozy WordPress.com community — here’s just a few who announced new books in 2015:

Jenny Lawson

New York Times bestselling author Lawson (also known round these parts as The Bloggess) published her second book, Furiously Happy — CBC named it one of its Best of 2015 and Entertainment Weekly called it “a strange but beautiful fusion of mental health awareness and understanding that, while serious in parts, will have you snorting into your coffee or laughing loudly on the subway.”

Patrick Wensink

The author of five books released Fake Fruit Factory this year, and NPR named it one of 2015’s best.

Rachel Roddy

Roddy (of rachel eats fame) published her book Five Quarters: Recipes and Notes from a Kitchen in Rome, and it will be released in the U.S. in 2016.

CN Lester

Lester (A Gentleman and a Scholar) will have a book out in November 2016 with Virago Press (Little, Brown), titled Trans Like Me: A Journey for All of Us.

John Scalzi

The sci-fi author (Whatever) published his latest book, The End of All Things, in August.

Jennifer K. Armstrong

In 2016 the pop culture writer will release her next book, Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything, an examination of the history and cultural impact of Jerry Seinfeld’s beloved TV series.

Alexander Chee

The author behind Koreanish is publishing his next novel, The Queen of the Night, in 2016.

Randall Munroe

The xkcd creator offered up his latest, Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words.

Kevin M. Hardcastle

The author released a new short story collection, Debris, in September.

Mary Laura Philpott

The author and illustrator published Penguins with People Problems in June.


Notable Quotes & Bloggers in the News

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“No one tells you that you will break down and bawl and abandon your cart in the cereal aisle at Safeway because what woman, what mother, doesn’t know what her children want for breakfast.”

Teri Carter, in The New York Times, on “A Stepmother Losing Her Marbles.”

There is no joy now without a shadow of bittersweet sorrow, but I experience my feelings more fully; as if a dial has been turned and my emotions amplified — the good and the bad.

Hannah Richell, in Harper’s Bazaar Australia, on grief and losing her husband.

Let me tell you something you already know: Your housekeeper spies on you.

—Stephanie Land (stepville), in Vox, on her experience cleaning houses for rich clients.

Perhaps this is what MTV has brought us in thirty seasons of hot-tub parties and blurry night-vision footage of under-the-sheets trysts that everyone regrets in the morning—it has helped train us to see our daily lives as a continual acting out of identity in public.

—Amanda Ann Klein (judgmental observer) on “Thirty Seasons of ‘The Real World’” in The New Yorker.

Murders over money, over women: In any other neighborhood, we would call the killers youths committing crimes. In neighborhoods like Englewood and Auburn Gresham, we call them gang members, a label that has very real consequences.

—Jason Harrington (Taking Sense Away) wrote on Chi-raq and the changing nature of gun violence in Chicago for The New York Times Magazine.

“The Facts” distills the essentials of the How to Be a Girl series into a primer of sorts , the perfect starting point for newcomers who want to find someone under the age of 6 who can give them a master class in personal growth.

The Atlantic on Marlo Mack (gendermom), whose podcast was named a Best of 2015 pick, and who was featured on Longreads earlier this year.

Over the century since its creation, the Periodic Table of Elements has been studied almost as much, if not more, comprehensively than the Harry Potter universe. It is far past time that the two academic schools of thought were combined.

Lauren James, at The Toast, with “The Hogwarts Houses of the Periodic Elements: A Critical Analysis.”

“I try but I can’t think of a single aspect of having cancer, start to finish, that isn’t an act in a pantomime in which my participation is guaranteed however I believe I choose to play each scene. I have been given this role. . . . I have no choice but to perform and to be embarrassed to death.”

Jenny Diski, writer for the London Review of Books, profiled in The New York Times Magazine this year.


Our Community, IRL

StoryNightFrom the Press Publish conference in Portland and Phoenix, to the Longreads Story Night in San Francisco and New York, our community got together in person to celebrate our work, share advice, and seek inspiration from writers and editors like Christine Lee, Mary Laura Philpott, John Herrman, Ananda Leeke, and more.

Here’s a breathtaking moment from our Longreads Story Night in New York, with The New York Times Magazine’s Nikole Hannah-Jones:


The All-New WordPress.com Goes Live

NewWordPresscomThis past year marked the 10th anniversary of WordPress.com, and we celebrated by working behind the scenes to radically improve the experience. In November, we flipped the switch on an all-new WordPress.com: faster performance, a brand new editor, desktop apps for Mac, Windows, and Linux, the Discover Editors’ Picks showcase, and so much more.

It was all part of a new open-source project we codenamed Calypso, and we are thrilled that this is just the beginning. We’ll continue to make improvements so publishing is simple, seamless and fast — on any device.


A Warm Welcome for Woo!

AutomatticWoo.jpgEcommerce continues to grow in importance for people building their own sites and businesses, and this year one of the biggest names, WooCommerce, officially joined our parent company Automattic. Together, we’re excited to do even more to make it easy for businesses (large and small) to create and manage beautiful online stores.


WordPress: Now Powering More than 25% of the Internet

25-percentWordPress.com is just one piece of a huge, open-source WordPress community, and together we hit a new milestone in November: WordPress is now powering more than 25% of all sites on the Internet.

The full history of WordPress is now documented in a new book, Milestones, released on GitHub in December.


New on WordPress in 2015

NewonWPcomA lot of notable companies and publishers created new sites on WordPress.com and WordPress in 2015. Here’s a few:

Feminist FrequencyThe Online Safety Guide

The groundbreaking site and nonprofit organization, created by Anita Sarkeesian, is now part of the WordPress.com family, and we were proud to work with her on a new project: The Online Safety Guide for protecting against online harassment.

RED.org

We worked with the global AIDS charity (RED) on their new site. The organization is aiming to help “deliver the first AIDS-free generation in over thirty years.”

Kill Screen

The videogame arts & culture magazine launched a successful Kickstarter this year to reinvent their print magazine, and we helped them reinvent their site on WordPress.

The New York Review of Books

The legendary literary publication, founded by Robert Silvers and Barbara Epstein in 1963, joined the WordPress community in December 2015.

Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings

Popova’s treasure trove of interestingness has been on WordPress for a long time, but this year she unveiled a fresh new design.

Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman

The award-winning blogger, bestselling author, Food Network TV star, and longtime WordPress publisher brought her site to WordPress.com in 2015.

Upvoted

Reddit turned its massive community into an editorially (or “Redditorially”) curated magazine on WordPress.com.


Join Us! Help Make the Web a Better Place

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We had quite a growth spurt this year: 139 new people joined WordPress.com’s parent company Automattic in 2015, and all of us are dedicated to helping you express yourself, share your passions, or build your business.

We expect 2016 to be a big one, too: Come work with us!


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  1. Peri Scope

    Good work, guys!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. fonzandcancer

    Thanks word press for helping so many people out on a daily basis. It’s such an honourable thing to do in the world. I only write every day (365 I will do) to encourage those suffering the effects of cancer.

    Liked by 3 people

  3. pamelavk

    Happy writing. Happy reading.

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Lauren James

    Reblogged this on Lauren James and commented:
    I’m honoured to be part of the WordPress 2015 Year In Review, in truly excellent company. Thank you, WordPress!

    Liked by 2 people

  5. 3danim8 (aka Ken Black)

    As much as I have tried to quit blogging, using WordPress is simply too much fun. Once again I had dreams last night of the next series of articles I need to write. it is the purest, most wholesome addiction I have found. Thanks to everyone at WordPress for giving us the greatest blogging platform in existence.

    Liked by 2 people

  6. Sipcyp|Blog

    These guys are really working hard, I love it

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Jane Risdon

    Wonderful. Thanks everyone for your hard work, been so helpful and really appreciated. Happy 2016.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. parrillaturi

    Thank you WP, for your encouraging words.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. wildlifewatcher

    I think WordPress is the very best platform for bloggers and web pages! I have often recommended WordPress to others. Thanks for the excellent service. I have been with WordPress as a blogger for six happy years!

    Liked by 3 people

  10. akeem54

    Happy to be part of the family. kudos to WordPress .

    Liked by 4 people

  11. Betterthangoodlife

    Thanks to entire team of WordPress.com.I’m happy to be part of WordPress. I wish you all a better than good life!

    Liked by 1 person

  12. jeffreybotah

    It’s great to see how much of an impact that wordpress has had on people and the internet, hopefully more of the same in 2016!

    Liked by 4 people

  13. Derek Springer

    Reblogged this on Derek's RealBlog™ and commented:
    Lotsa words pressed in 2015! So excited to be part of this!

    Liked by 1 person

  14. Paul Bowler

    Amazing o see what WordPress and bloggers have achieved over the last year. Here’s to an awesome 2016!

    Liked by 3 people

  15. Rosaliene Bacchus

    Kudos to all of you behind the scenes that make our work sing and dance! I’m delighted to be part of this grand community of bloggers🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  16. Darshan Gajara

    That’s what I called an year full of awesomeness!

    Liked by 1 person

  17. mrs fringe

    Thank you, WordPress!

    Liked by 3 people

  18. dyule2014

    Thank you WordPress Merry Christmas & Happy New Year. All The Best for 2016.

    Liked by 2 people

  19. mamandanslezef

    Thank you for the report. It’s rich and show the power of the writers🙂 Hope that 2016 wil be the year to highlight blogging activities globally and locally too. More sounds coming from our blogging place; espacially from France and french countries for my side. Thanks again and all the best for WordPress.com for 2016.

    Liked by 3 people

  20. wildtuscanybushcraft

    Thank you WordPress and WordPress team! This is a great worldwide community to share experiences and learn from others !

    Liked by 4 people

  21. five280biz

    Thanks for being such a great service to help so many people make income online. Thank you and wishes for more prosperity in 2016 and

    Liked by 2 people

  22. PrettyMuscle

    Thanks so much for the encouragement and kind words!! I love this community!!

    Liked by 2 people

  23. Paula Pedro

    Good work, guys!

    Kisses.🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  24. angelvancouver

    Cool. We have customers all over the world because of WordPress.

    Liked by 1 person

  25. equinoxio21

    Did I read correctly? 23 million bloggers?
    (Wide-eyed emoticon)🙂
    Congrats to all and a Happy New Year

    Liked by 1 person

  26. Cerita Bahasa

    Thank you for the great year!🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  27. anotherday2paradise

    Congratulations! i love WordPress.🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  28. andrewpair

    For 2016 I’m finally working on my blog, “Music Is My Religion”. I’m just 18, I’m not a particularly interesting person, just a small town kid dreaming of being a hip hop artist. I promise to work hard this year, and I hope I’m featured in the 2016 Year in Review.

    Liked by 3 people

  29. BENNY LAYOSA

    It’s a privilege to be part of the WordPress.com community. It has helped my business significantly. Thanks.

    Liked by 2 people

  30. Editor (Retired)

    A couple of observations: 660 million blog posts and 655 million comments. That’s an average of about one comment per post. Many of the blogs I read get dozens of comments, and some get hundreds. That means that most posts and probably many blogs receive no comments at all. Maybe this is a mathematical error. Or it might be simply a manifestation of the statistical phenomena of the very long tail.

    It would be interesting to see statistics regarding the AVERAGE number of visitors and views and the MEAN number of visitors and views received by WordPress.com blogs.

    “”Ecommerce continues to grow in importance for people building their own sites and businesses,””

    However, advertising and most other efforts by a blogger to monetize a blog remain all but banned on WordPress.com. WordAds was not mentioned at all in this year-end report. I wonder if WordAds continues to exist.

    Liked by 2 people

  31. basants

    Really happy I started my blog last year, although it was at the end of 2015. Happy New Year everyone and I wish you luck with all your blogs in the new year!

    Liked by 1 person

  32. nicoletaghiris

    Super!!!! Thank you for creating such a platform, allowing us to write and share our thoughts and believes. Only a small WORD might help someone’s entire interior universe. CONGRATS!

    Liked by 2 people

  33. priteshpkt

    A great year indeed…

    Liked by 2 people

  34. betstravelsabout

    You are a great team. Thanks for all your help and support in helping me to get my writing off the ground.

    Liked by 1 person

  35. Mel Choyce

    Reblogged this on Stuff I find on the internet and commented:

    Proud of the work we’ve done in 2015!

    Liked by 2 people

  36. wilfredmziray

    I would like to fly with wordpress.com this year and onwards

    Liked by 1 person

  37. mdshohaelkhan

    Congratulations! Thank you for the great year! very grateful cms in WordPress

    Liked by 1 person

  38. mortladatorie

    And maybe with the best of luck in a year’s time I will get featured in an rticle like this! Thank you WordPress!

    Liked by 1 person

  39. Way Too Awkward

    I only just started my blog (31st December, just made it into 2015) but it was a really great decision so thanks WordPress

    Liked by 1 person

  40. Sarah Blackstock

    Reblogged this on sarahblackstock.com and commented:

    660 million posts in 2015! Wow. (This recap is great.)

    Like

  41. The Moxie Lab (@TheMoxieLab)

    WordPress is an amazing platform for thought and creativity! So appreciative of what it provides to allow me to extend my mind unto a community of like-minded people.

    Best of luck to all in the year 2016!

    -Cindi
    Content creator of The Moxie Lab
    breathemoxie.com

    Liked by 1 person

  42. amakvitaa

    Congratulations On your Milestone Goal. Happy 2016

    Liked by 1 person

  43. Swav

    Have a great year of #creative #blogging to you all🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  44. pinklightsabre

    Loved the annual report too — and had a chance to attend the Portland conference last year: fun, smart, professional, inspiring group of people and community here…great to hear the story of Longreads and meet the people who dreamed it and made it real. Thanks for the hard work and dedication, it shows.

    Liked by 3 people

  45. sprikon

    WordPress is really the king of all blogging platforms🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  46. Seiko (@NrwSchrott)

    Thank you for the great year!

    Liked by 3 people

  47. tummymummy11

    I never really thought about how many people read my blog until I got my annual review stats. I am a tiny, tiny fish in a massive ocean of WordPress blogs but just knowing that my info has assisted at least 1 person makes me feel like I am the top fish lol

    Liked by 2 people

  48. Kim in Fiji

    So at least 5 million posts did not get even a single comment! …. sheesh….. “Writing for MySelf”

    Liked by 2 people

  49. ifh2015

    Thanks WordPress I’m really enjoying using your platform.

    Liked by 1 person

  50. JayaPrakashNarayana K

    I should say it was a great year.

    Liked by 1 person

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