WordCamp SF 2011Aug 20th, 2011 | By Anet Dunne | Category: Featured Articles
WordCamp SF 2011 on Aug. 14-15 was great fun. I learned a lot and was delighted that so many of the presenters were women. Smart, funny, cute women (many Automattic employees) who knew their stuff, were excited about the speed of change and who genuinely liked to help people understand how to make the technology work.
Matt Mullenweg announced that 22 out of every 100 new domain names registered went to WordPress sites.
There is so much to be excited about with the constantly evolving WordPress, including the new post formats, but the real joy of WordCamp is the energy of the speakers. The rooms seem to be swirling with curiosity and generosity. People offer help and ideas freely and enthusiastically. Absorbing the energy of WordCamp I realize that I keep coming back because it’s not about the features, it’s about the spirit.
We have heard about the Tipping Point and anthropologists talk about the 100th bird. We have all experienced that when a certain number of people embrace a new technology, suddenly everyone is using it. I remember the first numberswiki.com
telephone answering machines, fax machines, automatic coffee makers — we all use them now.
Scientists at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have found that when just 10 percent of the population holds an unshakable belief, their belief will always be adopted by the majority of the society. I predict that we will see accelerated adoption of WordPress, and that the percentage announced at next year’s WordCamp will be even higher.
For example, I just launched a new WordPress website that has no blog posts on it! WaterStorz emergency water storage containers hold 7,000 gallons of drinking water in a steel shipping container. The container is portable, can be delivered to any road-accessible level site and filled on-site with water for emergencies. Why did I use WordPress if this website isn’t going to be used as a blog? Because I could get the best looking design for the lowest cost to the client. He is thrilled.
What do you think? Is WordPress going to capture a larger share of the non-blog web design market? Are there other techniques that you think might catch up to WordPress and overtake it?