2013: A Year in Review

With 2013 behind us, we can now take a look at our community’s incredible accomplishments over the past year. Here’s the year that was on WordPress.com.

13,704,819 new blogs in 2013

That’s a 36% increase from 2012, during which you created 10 million new blogs.

489,281,136 posts in 2013

That’s 12 times the number of books in the Library of Congress!

95,424,985 likes in 2013

That’s almost 38,000 times the number of stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

You’ve written about thousands of topics in 2013. Here are the top ten:

  1. Photography 328,763 posts
  2. Video 289,493 posts
  3. Politics 282,893 posts
  4. Music 282,434 posts
  5. Life 280,219 posts
  6. News 259,493 posts
  7. Art 240,367 posts
  8. Love 168,657 posts
  9. Humor 155,213 posts
  10. Food 105,528 posts

You’ve created amazing customizations with the 77 new themes we launched this year. Check out some of these makeovers:

Bromley


  • Default Design


  • Custom Design

Expound


  • Default Design


  • Custom Design

Over at The Daily Post, we encourage you to write as often as possible. You’ve blown us away every single day with your responses to our Daily Prompts, your thoughtful entries to our Weekly Writing Challenges, and the breathtaking photography you’ve shared on the Weekly Photo Challenges.

Most popular photo challenge: Color

Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, has had a great year as well, with lots of news and improvements.

A beautiful makeover

The WordPress dashboard got a facelift in 2013, which included awesome improvements to the design on both desktop and mobile devices.

Improved security

Security is important. With the addition of two-factor authentication, your WordPress.com account is more secure than ever.

A whole new Simplenote

We made keeping track of your thoughts, your inspiration, and your life easier, with a brand-new Simplenote for iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

Write with Markdown

We made it easier to compose semantic content by launching Markdown across WordPress.com.

Fighting censorship

We’re actively protecting your rights as bloggers — we filed two lawsuits geared to squashing frivolous DMCA claims.


Posted by WordPress Guru