I took a step back from all the new development we're doing on the mydW platform to think about how far we've come. Five and a half years ago we started our dW blogs. It was an experiment we weren't sure would work so we quickly wrote our own blog application in a few weeks. It covered maybe 75% of major blog function and didn't have anything near the fit and finish of a Wordpress blog but it was ours and it worked.
We've long since moved off of that home-grown app to the robust and integrated mydW platform. That's three blog applications (we used Roller for a number of years), four servers, four databases, innumerable infrastructure upgrades, bug fixes, new features etc. etc. I'm proud that through it all we retained all of our entries, comments, and links (our original links still work, it drives me crazy when other sites don't maintain links).
Check out dW Editor-in-Chief Michael O'Connell's first dW blog post five and a half years ago about the mission of our community with a message that still resonates today.
Poor Michael didn't even get a comment on that first post, maybe he'll get one now :)
Retreat to get ahead