Well … almost. The news casts these days, leading up to the new year, are filled with summaries … looks in the rear view mirror. We, here in this blogosphere, have spent another year with WordPress. That’s very nice, personally, I think it’s an outstanding blogging platform that is free of charge. The second best would be Blogger, but if you’ve ever tried WP, there’s no way to switch over. I’ve tried.
The one thing for me, that makes WP such a pleasant experience, is the sense of community. Very much thanks to the DailyPost, where the WP team posts various challenges — -photo challenges and the daily prompt — articles and more. A great place to connect with other bloggers and discover posts that you wouldn’t necessarily have come across otherwise.
When I first signed up for WP, years ago, I had some minor problem so I had to contact support. Was contacted the very same DAY by, what they call, a ‘happiness engineer’, and I was impressed to no end! Since then, I haven’t had any problems, hence no need for support, but at some point over this time, something has changed about that. Nowadays you’re taken to a public support forum, where users are helping users. I haven’t found any way of contacting them, unless you have a security issue.
That said, quite a few of the problems posted to the forum seem to be resolved, and staff come in there too at times, when it’s needed. What’s really amazing about these forums, I think, is how active some users are in these help forums! You keep seeing the same user-ID:s time after time, answering questions, and they’re very knowledgeable. This is not the only place I’ve come across this phenomenon — it’s like this in Google, Yahoo and probably other places too. These people must spend hours and hours a day, answering questions — like a full time job, almost — for free! They must be such great assets for these companies and I keep wondering if they ever get any kind of ‘thank you’.
On a personal level, it’s been a good year. Nothing earth shattering, but good. I got an iPhone, which has meant, not only a lot of fun, but also a closer contact with some friends and family back in Sweden. With the app Viber, you can communicate [text and voice] for free, regardless of where in the world you are. «An expat’s best friend!» 🙂
I took a trip to Sweden last Fall, and wrote about that in my side blog FlammaStolt. It was a great, but intense, two-weeks stay.
On October 12 I wrote a blog post here, and the responses I got to that post I’ll never forget. It so touched my heart so I wanted to mention it here 🙂 Thanks again, y’all, and thanks for 2012! Looking forward to 2013, even though this won’t be my last post for this year.