2013: A Year in Review


With 2013 behind us, we can now take a look at our community’s incredible accomplishments over the past year. Here’s the year that was on WordPress.com.

13,704,819 new blogs in 2013

That’s a 36% increase from 2012, during which you created 10 million new blogs.

489,281,136 posts in 2013

That’s 12 times the number of books in the Library of Congress!

667,675,929 comments in 2013

That’s an average of 21 comments per second for the entire year.

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95,424,985 likes in 2013

That’s almost 38,000 times the number of stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The most popular topics in 2013

You’ve written about thousands of topics in 2013. Here are the top ten:

  1. Photography 328,763 posts
  2. Video 289,493 posts
  3. Politics 282,893 posts
  4. Music 282,434 posts
  5. Life 280,219 posts
  6. News 259,493 posts
  7. Art 240,367 posts
  8. Love 168,657 posts
  9. Humor 155,213 posts
  10. Food 105,528 posts

Themes and customizations

You’ve created amazing customizations with the 77 new themes we launched this year. Check out some of these makeovers:


  • Default Design

  • Custom Design


  • Default Design

  • Custom Design

Massive Press

  • Default Design

  • Custom Design

Twenty Fourteen

  • Default Design

  • Custom Design

The Daily Post

Over at The Daily Post, we encourage you to write as often as possible. You’ve blown us away every single day with your responses to our Daily Prompts, your thoughtful entries to our Weekly Writing Challenges, and the breathtaking photography you’ve shared on the Weekly Photo Challenges.

Daily Prompts

33,315 Responses

Most popular prompt: “A — Z”

Weekly Writing Challenges

4,008 Responses

Most popular writing challenge: Haiku Catchoo!

42,350 responses to our Weekly Photo Challenges

Most popular photo challenge: Color

Automattic and WordPress.com highlights

Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, has had a great year as well, with lots of news and improvements.

A beautiful makeover

The WordPress dashboard got a facelift in 2013, which included awesome improvements to the design on both desktop and mobile devices.

Improved security

Security is important. With the addition of two-factor authentication, your WordPress.com account is more secure than ever.

Your digital hub

WordPress.com is your digital hub on the internet with sharing to Path, Google+, and Facebook embeds on your site, as well as the ability to save to Pocket and send to Readmill.

A whole new Simplenote

We made keeping track of your thoughts, your inspiration, and your life easier, with a brand-new Simplenote for iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

Write with Markdown

We made it easier to compose semantic content by launching Markdown across WordPress.com.

Fighting censorship

We’re actively protecting your rights as bloggers — we filed two lawsuits geared to squashing frivolous DMCA claims.

Cloudup joins Automattic

We welcomed Cloudup to the Automattic family.

We hired 101 Automatticians

Could you be next? We’re hiring.

Filed under: Community, Hiring, New Features, Stats, Themes, WordPress.com

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