Hello out there!
It has been some time since you’ve been officially greeted on WPCandy, but I’m happy to bring it back into the spotlight today. If all works the way it should (and it should) the WPCandy RSS feed should be grinding back to life in feed readers all over the world–just the way it should be. And if you’re currently in a feed reader, be sure to jump over to the site to check out the new look and fresh content.
Lots to talk about today, so let’s get started!
My name’s Ryan, I run WPCandy now
Michael Castilla started WPCandy nearly three years ago, in August of 2007. He and Dan Philibin ran this site very well for over two years, and will hopefully still play a role in its future.
Earlier this year WPCandy changed hands, into mine. My name’s Ryan Imel, and I’ll be guiding this site into the future. I’m very excited, and have big plans for WPCandy. More on that in a second.
For those that might wonder “Why so quiet for so long?” (A great question, by the way.) WPCandy was pretty quiet for nearly a year, until just now. While I’ve been excited about my plans for some time now, I had some other things up in the air. I started a new business, GooRoo (whose network WPCandy is now a member of — more on that later below) and had a few things to take care of first. But now I’m ready, I’m here with a team, and ready to roll. Are you ready?
My vision for WPCandy
WordPress is a growing platform, and it deserves a solid journalistic news blog. That’s one of the things we’re building here. We’re bringing everything you would expect: interviews, reviews, editorials, tutorials, and a few things you hopefully won’t be expecting.
While WordPress is a strong niche within the technology industry, we believe it isn’t being done proper service by technology journalism. If you’ve ever been frustrated by a major tech blog misspelling Automattic or mixing up WordPress.com with WordPress.org (or not recognizing the difference at all) then you know what we’re talking about.
But this site isn’t just about blogging, or even blogging well. We have big plans. Fun plans. Big, fun plans.
Vision is far from everything — very far — but it’s also inspiring. And with this vision, I’m inspired.
A big part of what WPCandy is, and the new vision for what it will be, has to do with the new network that this site is a part of.
A proud member of the GooRoo Network
GooRoo is a new business I cofounded at the end of 2009. We are interested in (someday) becoming the best place to find how to content on the web. It’s a lofty goal, but one we’re enjoying pursuing. For now, what that means is planting niche websites and building up audiences.
So what does GooRoo mean for WPCandy? Only good things. It means that WPCandy has the support of a team, and isn’t just a pet project anymore. It means regular, dependable coverage of WordPress goings-on, and if I have my way a nice, respectable website contributing to the greater WordPress community.
Now you’re all caught up. Well, almost–have you caught up with all of the fresh WordPress news on the WPCandy front page right now? Then get over there.
Stay tuned to the site all week for more about the V4 launch. We’re bringing insight into the redesign, launch giveaways, and more about our future plans. Thanks for sticking with us!