I woke up early this morning and caught the crosstown bus to make it to a doctors appointment. When I returned I was in utter amazement. Today broke the record for visitors to my blog and I have a lot of people to thank. It was almost overwhelming. I just finished writing everyone personally. Now it’s time for me to thank them here. If I miss anyone let me apologize in advance. I had 11 contributors today. Thanks go out to Yannick, Loïc, Jeremy, Andrew, Simon, Yann, Maximilien, Martin, Emmanuel, Jean-Benoit, and yes another Yann.
I would also like to thank Laurent Bourrelly again for his blog article. That really got the ball rolling, so to speak. His article was then picked up by planet-php.net , phpaddiction.com and webandseo.fr even write something up.
I am almost speechless by the outpouring of generosity you have all achieved. I am not used to this kind treatment. Sure my life has had it’s ups and downs, mostly downs, but you have all made me a better person. I know I still have a long uphill battle but everyone that has contributed from the start of this has made me see the world in a different way.
I do not get paid to code for Pligg LLC. In fact it’s quite the opposite. Pligg LLC actually makes money from me. All those people buying Pligg 2? I don’t see a single penny from that. Nor from advertising, hosting referrals, etc. I am ok with it because I know that the overhead for Pligg LLC is higher than you could imagine. I just like to be creative and wrote code. I’m happiest when I can just be free to create what ever I want. I don’t think I could work for a company that would require me to write code for a specific task or client. Without sounding like an egomaniac, I like to think what I do is almost an art form. Each idea I have takes on it’s own life form.
Yankidank and I sometimes don’t see eye to eye on things. But that is expected. Pligg 2 was designed so that people can choose which direction they want to go and modules will be released to help those people take them in that direction. So neither one of us doesn’t get his way. We both have tons of new ideas that will enable the site owners to make their sites more engaging, interactive, and accessible. In basic terms the Pligg 2 series is a better platform to build upon than the Pligg 1 series was.
Someone asked me the other day how many Pligg sites there are out there? I can’t honestly tell you. We were counting through the initial beta stage and it was close to a million downloads before we have even released Pligg 1.0.0 and then we just stopped counting 4 years ago once we released Pligg 1.0.0. Now Pligg comes as a 1 click instal on most hosting providers. So the number is somewhere in the millions. Sometimes when I’m lying in bed at night, I try to imagine those millions of sites, and then the millions of people that visit those sites, and the billions of pages all those sites have created. Its a very strange feeling knowing that possibly billions of people have at one point or another landed on a webpage that is running your code. If anything Pligg has defied logic, Most start-ups either die in a couple years or they get bought out. Pligg is still just run by Yankidank and myself after 7 years. That’s a long time when you really think about it.
Even if Pligg were to shut down today, and all those sites running Pligg suddenly disappeared. It’s good to know that Pligg has made it’s mark in history.
I am going to try and relax this weekend and kick this flu bug. I gotta tell ya, it feels great to be home. But I’ve been back home before and had to leave for the shelter again in the past, so right now I’m just worried about having to go back there for a 3rd time. So if you could please keep spreading the word of my blog and feel free to spread my indiegogo campaign. (only 10 days left) it would really help. I want to get back into my routine of coding and blogging tutorials again. If you would like to contribute you can do so from either here or here.
Tune in tomorrow