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This week I had the pleasure of attending State of the Word in New York City. (If you didn't get to stream it, you can watch it here: In this address, Matt Mullenweg provided updates on the current state of WordPress and its future direction.

Gutenberg is becoming ubiquitous, with blocks appearing in popular apps such as Day One, tumblr, and within projects that aren’t even part of Automattic and WordPress. 

Mullenweg also celebrated that WordPress meetups have been restarting and growing both online and in person. 

The WordPress Community Summit will return in August 2023, bringing together WordPress contributors, team leads, and diverse community voices to discuss the challenges and clarify the vision for WordPress in the years ahead.

The numbers were also impressive, 

  • 22 million images and 1.1 million audio files in the OpenVerse
  • 2022 saw 1399 release contributors 
  • 12,000 people took courses on
  • There were 2 WordCamps in North America, and more around the world
  • Over 5,000 photos contributed to the Photo Directory

The State of the Word also included a Q&A session, where Mullenweg answered questions from the audience on a range of topics, including the future of WordPress, the role of open source in the platform, and the challenges faced by the WordPress community.

Overall, the 2021 State of the Word provided a wealth of information and updates on the current state and future direction of WordPress. With the addition of Gutenberg blocks to the forums, the integration of Gutenberg into popular apps, the return of in-person and online meetups and the WordPress Community Summit, and the release of the 2023 theme, it is clear that WordPress is continually evolving and growing.

What were your takeaways from the State of the Word?



PS - WordPress turns 20 in 2023. Post Status will be planning a celebration, so stay tuned!


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