2009 will rock!

First of all, thank you all for being a reader of this blog for the past year, and I wish you all the best for 2009!

While last year was in many ways a very successful year, this year promises to be even better. While I’ve got a few ideas of my own for new years resolutions for this blog, I’ve decided that, in true web 2.0 fashion, I’ll let you give your opinion on which topics I should focus on:

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24 Responses

  1. David HutchisonBy David Hutchison on 2 January, 2009

    I think I’ve had my fill of themes for a while – I can’t believe it is such a big field. Surely the smart thing to do is pick one and stick with it…are there that many new bloggers every day? OR are there people switching theirs constantly?

    • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 2 January, 2009

      Well I myself switch about every 6 months, as do more people, and there’s a LOT of people starting to use WordPress anew every day…

      • FrankBy Frank on 2 January, 2009

        Hi Joost, Do you really change your own theme every 6 months? Does that mean your design changes too? What is the advantage of changing your own theme that much?

        My own Dutch blog is almost a year old now, and i’ve changed the design only recently. I’m not going to change my theme, I’ve got better things to do.

  2. Iain PorterBy Iain Porter on 2 January, 2009

    Not sure what the difference is between wordpress development and wordpress plugins – wouldn’t be surprised if some people click wordpress development without reading down the list and seeing wordpress plugins listed seperately.

    • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 2 January, 2009

      good point :) bit too late to change that now though :)

  3. WesleyBy Wesley on 2 January, 2009

    I’d love to see some more internet marketing related posts as well, mix it up, no reason all these categories can’t co-exists peacefully :)

    • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 2 January, 2009

      Hehe very true, but it’s always good to know which posts people like most.

  4. Boris MahovacBy Boris Mahovac on 2 January, 2009

    How did you do this poll? Plug-in?
    Great site and tips – keep them comin’

    • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 2 January, 2009

      It’s a modded version of the Democracy plugin, I’m currently trying to contact the author to see whether he will be updating that plugin or if I can take over development of it.

  5. MelvinBy Melvin on 2 January, 2009

    Hey i want to see more “wordpress types” of post… Have learned a lot with your tutorials with wordpress and looking forward for more..;-)

  6. Alexander HollBy Alexander Holl on 2 January, 2009

    Hey Joost,
    thanks for your good and interesting articles on wordpress and wordpress seo. Extremely helpful for everybody who runs a wordpress blog.
    I would find – how to use wordpress not only for blogs but for other sites ( bigger corporate sites) and theme, which not do not appear in the classical blog design of great interest.
    Looking forward to see you hopefully this year on SMX 2009 in Munich

    • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 2 January, 2009

      Don’t know if I’ll be in Munich again Alexander, but if they invite me, I probably will be :)

  7. martijn beijkBy martijn beijk on 2 January, 2009

    some wordpress tricks/articles on:
    - buddypress
    - make your wordpress more social (incl. those plugins, custom author profiles, buddypress, bbpress, etc )
    - how to transform your wordpress into an affiliate monstersite (and include plugins ! ;-) )

    - showcases of your plugins in use. to help people get better idea’s of how to use them (properly)

  8. TomBy Tom on 2 January, 2009


    I need your ‘search suggest’ plugin – but… I have a user that searched for Piata – and they meant Piatto (local restaurant). The Yahoo! search suggest doesn’t know this… so I would like to see either an update to the plugin, or a new plugin, to allow me to suggest blog specific words.

    Happy New Year – and thanks for your contributions to WordPress!

    • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 2 January, 2009

      Hmm yeah I’ve been thinking about that, but I’m working on something else that’ll rock your WordPress search experience world :)

      • TomBy Tom on 3 January, 2009

        Excellent. I am hooked into your newsletter and RSS. Thanks for your thoughts and opinions – I enjoy reading your site.

  9. MattBy Matt on 2 January, 2009

    Happy new year Joost, hope the best for you and the site in the one coming.
    Keep up the good work,

  10. OutletBy Outlet on 4 January, 2009

    Haapy new year Joost :)
    I am looking forward to read new seo wordpress articles.

  11. PeterBy Peter on 7 January, 2009

    I will like all of those but I like the SEO tools information most.

  12. NathanBy Nathan on 12 January, 2009

    I would like to see information for new bloggers. Specifically topics like how to syndicate and get your name out there, how to build a following, finding a niche, etc… blogging can be a daunting task and information from someone who not only does it, but does it well would be greatly appreciated!

  13. NathanBy Nathan on 16 January, 2009

    Of course 2009 will rock because YOU ROCK! I just installed your RSS Footer plug-in. I’ve been searching for something like this for weeks now. You made it so easy. Thank you a million times over! I posted a link to the WordPress.org download page for it on another site because I figure the best thing I can do is spread the word to others.

    My gratitude to you.