Prompt 11/20 Blog: WordPress was launched 20 years ago on May 27, 2003. Share a memory, a picture, or tell us a story about where you were in 2003. (If you weren’t born yet, tell us that too.)
On 27 May 2003 I was about to make a move. Right now I live near Orlando, Florida, and I’ve been here since June 2003. A week prior though, when WordPress first officially launched, I was still in Kansas, still in high school, and still more socially inept and awkward than I am now. And I was closeted to everybody, desperately trying to hide a shameful secret.
Moving was not an uncommon experience for me, though I didn’t know a the time that it was going to be my last major move for a good long while. It’s exciting to see new places, but it also means big changes. For me I was ready for a change, as I didn’t have much in the way of interpersonal attachments to worry about, just one good friend and lots of bad memories to let go of (see socially inept and awkward above).
I went to a new school, made some new friends, learned more about myself, and finally came out to some people around me, to mixed results. I found a group of queers that I overall gelled with, and ended up staying in Florida for college, where I found even more connections that have altered my life permanently for the better.
It took me five more years to find WordPress, and three more years after that to discover the WordPress Community. But those stories have plenty of other days to be covered.