WordPress Community - Your Story and How Did You Start?

Just saw this new category in our forum. Would it be nice if I start the thread?😀

I loved WordPress and my first creation of this popular platform was way back in 2008.

I was just exploring the emerging world of the internet at that time to post blogs, create online content, etc. Prior to WordPress, I have known Blogsome, Blogspot, Friendster, among others (and even Facebook) just to post blogs and any write-ups on the internet. I have already encountered WordPress many ways back as early as 2005-06 (WordPress was first released around 2003). It took me years to create my first WordPress site (utilizing the free WordPress.com domain) 😁

Fast forward today, WordPress powers around 40% of all websites in the world. 😲 That's enormous. In fact, popular and big names in the industry are also using WP! TechCrunch, Microsoft News, TED Blog, Facebook Newsroom, Walt Disney, Yelp, cPanel Blog, Time Magazine and many more! Even the US White House (https://www.whitehouse.gov/) runs on WordPress.

Today, I run a small online business catering to small and medium enterprises to create their website using WordPress. WordPress helps me a lot.

Now, what's your WordPress story?