DID YOU KNOW? 🤔
I got cancelled by #WordPress in 2010—long before cancel culture was even a thing.
This battle happened on a few fronts:
• Public shaming
• Removal of attribution from my Themes on wordpress.com (a violation of the GPL)
• Customer poaching
That last point is the most interesting, as it was an ETHICAL DISASTER.
#WordPress—ostensibly an open source foundation—was now playing favorites, violating its own licensing, and engaging in dirty tactics behind the scenes to influence the entire community.
Here’s an excerpt:
“[WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg] reached out to me to try to get me to switch to Genesis, had [Genesis owner] Brian Gardner give me an all access pass to all the Genesis stuff for free, and offered to publicize my blog if I did it…”
“…I think he found me because the old DIYthemes site had a link to it on the home page with a testimonial.”
Pretty unbelievable stuff.
And all because I refused to bend the knee.
But look who’s still standing today, fam 😎
I will never bend the knee.
I am an unstoppable creative force.
This is precisely why you should trust me over all other software providers—
I have taken everybody’s best shot, and I’m still here holding the line and staying true to my principles.