"WordPress is a state-of-the-art publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability. WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time."Matt Mulleweg, it's creator intended it to be easy to use and supportive of open sharing. Over 3.7 million downloads of its latest version says it is. "It's just an open source project, it's free for everybody and always will be."
In this way, his mission is the same as ours, of Pauahi; to share, to disseminate the knowledge and pathways we've been given access to. He says in an interview linked below, "Most software doesn't die from people pirating it, or from people using it in ways you didn't intend, it dies from obscurity. So open source is the best way I can imagine to have distribution or adoption among..people of influence in the community.... The thing that I learned over time is the more open I was, the more successful things were...so put as much out there as possible."
Here's the easy first step -
- go to http://en.wordpress.com/signup/
- Choose a Domain and blog Title - pick something you care about or want to have fun with - doesn't matter, your choice.
- Click private if you prefer, and you can invite us as Users, or you can leave it public.
- Once it opens, click the Dashboard link at the top of the page and explore! (see emailed handout)
You may be interested in a couple of related posts by Burt Lum about building online communities and a presence:
Tips and Myths ... http://bytemarks.pbwiki.com/Top10Tips
Social Networking links http://bytemarks.pbwiki.com/ToolKit
My sample blog is http://joanmats.wordpress.com
Warning - make sure you save your Drafts often and click Upload (in the righthand column) to check your results. When you view your post, you can, as the author, click on the Edit link to return to the Dashboard. When you do this, if you had clicked Preview instead of UPload, it may return you to an earlier version of your post So save or click Upload first, never quite figured out that glitch.
See and hear Matt at http://www.horsepigcow.com/2008/06/05/the-whuffie-factor-matt-mullenweg-talks-wordpress/