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WordPress – an overnight success!

May 10, 2007

Sorry, Matt, I couldn’t resist. 🙂

Seriously, Matt’s post entitled Meaningful Overnight Relationship really hit home over here. For whatever reason, we’ve started getting the “Wow, you’re an overnight success! How did you do it?” questions a lot here at SmugMug lately. (Answer: “Work really hard for 6 years and maybe, just maybe, people will start to notice” … of course, that leads to the inevitable “Wow, you were so young!” line of questions that Matt is still getting…).

Sam Walton probably said it best when talking about Wal-Mart: “Like most other overnight successes, it was about 20 years in the making.” But Matt says it extremely well, too. I think his story, and Ben & Mena Trott’s, and Howard Schultz’s, and SmugMug’s are much more exciting than a typical get-rich-quick story. These are the kind of stories that power lasting successes and this list is long. Most of your favorite brands these days have a story like this behind them, rather than a “I sold to Yahoogle” story.

On a related note, we’ll send you a free copy of Chicken Soup for the Entrepreneur’s Soul if you’re interested in these sorts of stories. The book is full of great ones from lots of “overnight successes”. 😉

And finally, we do love WordPress. You’re reading a WordPress blog right now.

Categories: business, personal, smugmug, web 2.0
  1. Jay
    May 10, 2007 at 6:15 pm

    Cool, looking forward to reading it! Email sent! Thanks! 🙂

  2. May 10, 2007 at 6:16 pm

    Hi Don

    I’m reminded of an interesting article I read in 2001 or so about Red Bull – another supposed “overnight success”. The article had a graph of Red Bull sales. It was basically y=0 for about 14 years and then went straight up.

    I’ll take some chicken soup, thanks! Address in email…


  3. May 10, 2007 at 6:32 pm

    I am a relatively new adopter of WordPress, but I’ve worked with it for a while on client sites. Great work, and their related forum project, bbPress is pretty cool too.

  4. May 11, 2007 at 2:25 am

    That is the price you pay for being super heroes, Don. You work tirelessly in obscurity with no thanks while doing heroic things. Some day you might get on the front page of the Daily Bugel and then it will probably be for something you did wrong and not all the things you did right.

    Yet still you put one foot in front of the other and keep going.

    The people that matter know though, we know who the super heroes are.

  5. November 16, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    I think wordpress is great. I used to be a blogspot user but after converting to wordpress a couple of months below, there is no comparison. For an example, take a look at the link above to see what I have done with a wordpress blog.

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