A month ago, right after the first Nobel Prize awards my personal Web site went dark.
This was deliberate. After 17 years on Movable Type, I have switched it to WordPress.
WordPress is the world’s most popular Web design system, and one of this century’s least-told great stories. Developed as open source for bloggers 20 years ago by Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little, it was being used on 64.8% of Web sites whose content management systems were known by 2021. WordPress is still open source, but Mullenweg has a company called Automattic , now worth $7.5 billion.
With WordPress I now have a very flexible system, easily extended in any direction, that can even make the money needed to support itself. There is much for me to learn and, at 68, a limited amount of time to learn it in. I’ve used WordPress on several sites including InvestorPlace, now my main source of income. The difference is that I now have the keys to the car.
Thanks to the great people at Feedblitz, my mailing list and RSS feed are now working on the new site. Those of you who subscribed to me at Substack are welcome to switch to that list or to stay where you are. The same great content goes into both. I’ll let you know if that should change.
It’s a far cry from my earliest dreams, a daily letter I called The Teleputing Hotline in 1983 (which never got off the ground). It’s gratifying to have come so far with this medium, and my great hope is that you’ll stay with me as I go farther.