2012 was a big year in my educational and career development. I was lucky enough to work as an intern at a regional magazine, Pulse Magazine Naples. During my time working at the office with the chief editor and the owner, I was able to have seven articles published. The work was intense and very rewarding. One of my regular duties was to update the social media content and so it was that I too was inducted into the online community that is WordPress.
WordPress is arguably a revolutionary online publishing tool. As a CMS, WordPress dominates the market. It is widely popular and accepted as owning the largest industry share of online blog traffic. See this W3Techs report to see just how much of a monopoly WordPress may well become; http://w3techs.com/technologies/overview/content_management/all/. One concern arises in conjunction with this mass popularity. If WordPress is king then where is the cha-ching bling? The following article from Forbes Magazine puts the question in a more formal manner; http://www.forbes.com/sites/jjcolao/2012/09/05/the-internets-mother-tongue/. Gladly, open-source is the core principle for those in charge at WordPress. Let’s hope we don’t all have to start paying for our online voices by the character. In a world where quantity and quality exist, and record profits occur through ‘exclusivity,’ hitting the ‘publish’ tab is rapidly becoming a matter of constitutional law. How could a press be free if we were to have no option other than to buy our way way into intellectual platforms?