I spoke at WordCamp NYC on Saturday morning. In my session, I talked about blogging in Japan and how WordPress is doing there.
I don’t think it’s a well-known fact outside of Japan but blogging is pretty big over there. As seen in one of the slide, there are more than 27 million hosted blog accounts across 68 services, according to a research [ja] done by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications. WordPress userbase is growing too – especially in the past year.
The reason in short is that it’s a free and open platform to build upon. For example, a lot of people in Japan choose WordPress because of the availability of plugins that enables mobile device more accessible. And the strong community through WordCamps and meetups in addition to online interaction is helping it a lot as well.
I’ll write more about this topic and other presentations that followed (also on internationalization of WordPress) later. Now, I’m off to another day of WordCamp NYC!