Here is an excerpt from the WordPress May Wrap-up:
WordPress rolled out a ton of new features: the ability to add YouTube videos and polls to comments, stats in your time zone, the VideoPress upgrade (with HD!), post by email, new stats charts, comment search, improved comment reply by email, and VideoPress.com.
The stats for May:
* 387,416 blogs were created.
* 411,704 new users joined.
* 5,504,742 file uploads.
* 3,333 gigabytes of new files.
* 826 terabytes of content transferred from our datacenters.
* 8,625,931 comments.
* 6,914,546 logins.
* 1,243,177,638 pageviews on WordPress.com, and another 1,207,143,849 on self-hosted blogs (2,450,321,487 total across all WordPress blogs we track).
* 2,105,723 active blogs where “active” means they got a human visitor.
* 1,728,890,160 words.
Let’s divide by 30 to get daily figures:
* 13,000 blogs were created, EACH DAY.
* 13,700 new users joined, EACH DAY.
* 183,000 file uploads, EACH DAY.
* 111 gigabytes of new files, EACH DAY.
* 27.5 terabytes of content transferred from our datacenters, EACH DAY.
* 286,000 comments, EACH DAY.
* 230,000 login, EACH DAY.
* 41.4 million pageviews on WordPress.com, and another 40.2 million on self-hosted blogs (81.7 million total across all WordPress blogs we track, EACH DAY.
* 57.6 million words, EACH DAY.
Let’s divide that by 1440 (24*60) to get the stats for EACH MINUTE:
* 9.2 blogs were created, EACH MINUTE.
* 9.5 new users joined, EACH MINUTE.
* 127 file uploads, EACH MINUTE.
* 77 megabytes of new files, EACH MINUTE.
* 19.1 gigaabytes of content transferred from our datacenters, EACH MINUTE.
* 198 comments, EACH MINUTE.
* 160 logins, EACH MINUTE.
* 29,000 million pageviews on WordPress.com, and another 3,000 million on self-hosted blogs (56,700 total across all WordPress blogs we track, EACHMINUTE.
* 4,000 words, EACH MINUTE.
Keep up the good work, WordPress Team.
And, of course, thanks to my fellow WordPress bloggers. It is the content that we generate, each and every minute, that keeps WordPress growing, both in size and in value.
This is yet another reminder that WordPress is by far the best blogging platform, and also a reminder that anyone using another blogging platform comments on their lack of savvy with each and every blog post.
This is also a case where bigger is better. For example, imagine the predicament of the ruling powers in Iran. My guess is that they cannot possibly selectively filter all the WP posts about them, so the will have to keep it all going, or shut it all down.
We’ll know their jig is up when they resort to the latter course of action.
This is also a reminder that the best programs — and the programmers who write them — are to be found in the open-source arena. That’s where the big boys play.
We do it for the fun of it, which is why we give it away.