The big one oh!

10 years.

Ten years of blogging.

Generally, April 15 is my least favorite day of the year (tax day in the U.S.). But, this year, I’m celebrating 10 years of running a Web site.

Ten years ago today, I stepped down a path that has changed my life in more ways than I can count. The site started out as a page on now-defunct Expage.com. I’d made a simple page with shoutouts to all my old high school friends. Little did I know that I’d eventually be earning my income from something that started out with so little substance. This blog has been with me since I was a confused teenager and continues to be an outlet for me as a somewhat less-confused adult.

I won’t bore you with all the details. You can check out the archives if you want to see my journey. You can even start with my first blog post.

I want to thank everyone who has taken this journey with me. In particular, I want to thank everyone involved in the WordPress community for giving me a platform that has allowed me to easily publish my content online for the better part of these past 10 years (it sure beats the heck out of those text files I started with).

I’m looking forward to the next 10. I hope they’re as exciting as the previous years and that you will continue reading and commenting.

I’ll leave you with some of the most popular items from my blog over the years.

Top 10 commented posts

Here’s a rundown of the most popular posts on my blog by comment count. Note that some of the themes are pretty high up there because I didn’t have a support forum back in the day.

  1. Structure: WordPress Theme (1,005 comments)
  2. Visionary: WordPress Theme (518 comments)
  3. Custom post types in WordPress (509 comments)
  4. Options: WordPress Theme (506 comments)
  5. Get the Image: WordPress Plugin (438 comments)
  6. Custom taxonomies in WordPress 2.8 (341 comments)
  7. Members: WordPress Plugin (341 comments)
  8. Cleaner Gallery: WordPress Plugin (334 comments)
  9. Goodbye, headaches. Hello, menus! (334 comments)
  10. Adding and using custom user profile fields (249 comments)

Top 10 Google Analytics posts

I’ve only been using Google Analytics since late 2007 and routinely removed the tracking code from my site every time I changed themes (yes, tracking codes belong in plugins), so these numbers aren’t entirely accurate. However, they will give you a good view of my most visited posts on this site thus far.

  1. Cleaner Gallery: WordPress Plugin (309,852 views)
  2. Custom post types in WordPress (271,448 views)
  3. Options: WordPress Theme (231,947 views)
  4. Structure: WordPress Theme (220,629 views)
  5. Get the Image: WordPress Plugin (178,947 views)
  6. How to creae tabs using jQuery (163,296 views)
  7. Visionary: WordPress Theme (162,257 views)
  8. Goodbye, headaches. Hello, menus! (158,441 views)
  9. Members: WordPress Plugin (118,848 views)
  10. Showing custom post types on your home page (106,604 views)

25 Responses

  1. Steven Bradley
    Steven Bradley Published |

    Congrats Justin. 10 years is an achievement to celebrate. I have a few more years to go to reach a full decade. Congrats again and here’s to another 10 years.

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  2. Mike
    Mike Published |

    Whoa! Congratulations to you Justin and all you’ve accomplished. A job well done. We should all be so tenacious. Here’s to another 10!

    Reply
  3. Randy
    Randy Published |

    Congrats Justin. I can truly say that I have a learned so much from you. There are times I actually add “Justin” to my Google searches hoping you’ve authored a tutorial I am looking for!

    Reply
  4. Rahul Bansal
    Rahul Bansal Published |

    Congrats Justin :-)

    Today, I came to your blog from your Members plugin only!

    Your posts are way better than may other posts on same topic and keep flooding my bookmarks. ;-)

    Reply
  5. Paul
    Paul Published |

    Congrats Justin,

    I wouldn’t be where I am now without your help!
    Thanks for being so generous and contributing to the community

    Reply
  6. Frank
    Frank Published |

    Congratulation!

    I hope the same output of your side for the WordPress Community.

    Reply
  7. Mathew Porter
    Mathew Porter Published |

    Wow, 10 years of blogging, spanning longer than my professional career! If only I had kept my first blog on an old domain going from my college days… oh well, congrats.

    Reply
  8. Ryan
    Ryan Published |

    Congratulations, Justin! Hybrid was one of the first frameworks that I started using when I got into WordPress development, and I’ve been a fan of your work and your blog for awhile. Thank you!

    Reply
  9. Vajrasar Goswami
    Vajrasar Goswami Published |

    Congratulations and Best of luck for the next awesome 10! I’ve learnt a lot from your blog and pieces you wrote. Nice to have folks (read awesome folks) like you in community to guide us noobs. Congrats once again.

    Reply
  10. sachin
    sachin Published |

    congatulations and best of luck
    i learnt a lot from your all articles thanks

    Reply
  11. laxmankasula
    laxmankasula Published |

    Congratulations and wish you best of luck for next decade. Sir, you have always been inspirer for me whenever it comes WordPress and this blog is one of the most wonderful from where I have learnt a lot… Once again, Congratulations….

    Reply
  12. ESSAM SAAD
    ESSAM SAAD Published |

    Congratulations Justin, happy belated anniversary!
    I wish you all the best for all the wonderful things coming & Big THANK YOU for your help and amazing contributions.

    Reply
  13. Sami Keijonen
    Sami Keijonen Published |

    Oh bugger, guestbook isn’t working anymore in first blog post.

    Reply
  14. maxwel
    maxwel Published |

    10 years !!!! good luck fr the next

    Reply
  15. Nick
    Nick Published |

    Congratulations on 10 years of Blogging. I do admire that kind of commitment. I think (with all regular Bloggers), they are people of “action” and “implementation”. It is something that requires a lot of hard work (even if it may be a passion). I see so many Blogs that lose energy so full credit to you for keeping it alive.

    Reply
  16. Iftekhar Bhuiyan
    Iftekhar Bhuiyan Published |

    WOW… just wanted to say Congrats. I am celebrating my 7th year of Blogging :)

    Reply
  17. Kristyle
    Kristyle Published |

    Justin, 10 years of blogging is quite an accomplishment! Your commitment to it has clearly paid off from your ability to have so many views and so many people getting involved in the conversation. Clearly you have had great success and through that have encouraged others to strike up a blog of their own. Congratulations!

    Reply
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  19. Jenn Besonia
    Jenn Besonia Published |

    Just remembered to visit your site, Justin.

    And oh wow, it has no sidebar anymore. Very neat.

    Congrats too for blogging for ten years!

    Reply
  20. Nikki
    Nikki Published |

    I really loved the design of the blog… no sidebar nothing and of course I love your blog posts too

    Reply
  21. Nick
    Nick Published |

    Well done on reaching the magic 10 years! That is one hell of an achievement. I have been Blogging for about 2 years and it’s really helped me get my thoughts onto paper (I mean screen). I also strive to Blog for 10 years as I love it so much!

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  22. Pooja Kulkarni
    Pooja Kulkarni Published |

    Congratulations!!! Justin for your 10 years blogging, That’s really nice. I learnt a lot from your articles and hoping for more to come. Very nice informations, tips & comments too, as they come in. Thank you for sharing and spending time for us. Best luck! :)

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  23. Andy
    Andy Published |

    Thats awesome Justin. I hadn’t even heard of blogging back then. I was working for another agency back then knocking out small websites. I only started using WordPress about 6 years ago.

    You were ahead of the game back then, before Blogging grew into what it is today.

    Cheers

    Andy

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