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Matt Mullenweg, Automattic, & WordPress

So many people are complaining about Matt Mullenweg and his “aspirations” for Automattic and WordPress.com. I don’t have issues with any of those “aspirations” or his getting investment from Salesforces.

What I do have a problem with is that Matt has co-opted and confused the brand of WordPress. There is the self-hosted and open source version of WordPress at WordPress.org and then there is the hosted, business WordPress.com that Automattic runs.

I don’t even have a problem with Jetpack tying the two together. It’s just the confusion between Dot Com and Dot Org, that gets me.

What do you think? Is there more to this that I’m missing?

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WordPress Calypso: Improvements Needed

Wordpress Calypso Improvements Needed...

I’ve been using the WordPress.com new Calypso desktop app and LOVING IT. But it needs some improvements. Here are my thoughts.

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As I Saw It: Wordcamp US 2015 – The Inaugural US Wordcamp

Wordcamp US 2015Wordcamp US 2015 Was A Success

I’m two days out of the Inaugural Wordcamp US 2015 and all I can say is what an amazing experience.

It was a real honor to be one of the official photographers for the event and boy my feet are hurting. This was not my first Wordcamp, nor was it the first for Philadelphia. Philly has hosted quite a few Wordcamps, but they’ve all be under the banner of Wordcamp Philly not Wordcamp US. It’s really awesome that the Wordcamp HQ bestowed the national Wordcamp on our fair city for not only 2015 but 2016 too!

So many people from across the globe made the trip to Philly, many for the first time. I met people from Japan, Russia, Australia, Poland, the UK, and so many other places. #WCUS (the hashtag for the event) was much more than just a Wordcamp for the United States. It was a way for the WordPress community as a whole to come together trans-nationally, network and share cross-culturally. It was truly special.

If you missed any of the talks you can go to WordPress.TV to catch any of the sessions. One of the neatest things for me was being able to watch Matt Mullenweg, the co-founder of WordPress and founder of Automattic, deliver this year’s State of the Word.

Though a tiring experience, it was  great one. I connected with old friends and met new ones. I feel very fortunate to be a part of such a great community. If you can make next year’s Wordcamp US, I highly recommend it (dates TBD).

My Photos (Public Domain):
If you want to see the photos in their entirety (unedited) you can go here.
If you want to see a selection of some of the ones that I thought were good go here.

Another Goody:
I archived the #WCUS hashtag into a Google Sheet. You can view it here.

Of Note:
Did you know there is a book out on the history of WordPress. True to the nature of WordPress, the book is open source and on Github.