WordPress, Taylor Swift, Super Bowl, oh my

There has been quite a bit of buzz in the WordPress community because during the Grammys red carpet Taylor Swift’s website went down and this is what everyone saw:

Hey there! That looks familiar. What a beautiful WordPress logo! (Hat tip: Alexa Scordato for telling me about this.) The website also had some ups and downs, we haven’t been able to get in touch with anyone on Taylor’s tech team, but if you’re there, we’re standing by and happy to spin up your site on wp.cloud so it can handle any amount of traffic.

This gets even more interesting, because for the first time in my life, after having orbited around the Super Bowl for decades*, I am attending in person. Thanks to the graciousness of my friend and advisor Jason Hoffman, I’ll be in an owner’s suite, wearing a WordPress t-shirt, possibly not too far from Taylor, watching the game. Look for me on TV! I know she loves Tumblr so I’ll have with me a little gift bag of Tumblr swag just in case I meet her.

* How have I been orbiting around the Super Bowl? Even though I don’t follow sports, I’m obsessed with the Super Bowl, and typically host watch parties every year. I love seeing the pinnacle of American achievement. The Super Bowl centers around a number of interesting stories in my life, such as when I was in high school and very poor the Super Bowl was in Houston, and they made McNuggets really cheap, so I ate 104 McNuggets in one sitting. (Sweet and sour sauce, natch.) At that infamous Justin Timberlake / Janet Jackson moment, they needed extras on the field to be their audience and my high school girlfriend was one of the kids in the audience when it happened. There’s so many more stories I could tell!

16 thoughts on “WordPress, Taylor Swift, Super Bowl, oh my

  1. I love how her fans were trying to guess the password like it was a puzzle. I tried to tell one young fan it’s just a WP admin login, but they said I didn’t know what I was talking about. Oh child.

    Have fun and I hope you have some nuggies!

  2. Whilst Swift may not have an apparent connection, it could symbolize a convergence of creativity and innovation. Perhaps spark discussion, intersection, and technical synergy 🙂 Have fun and good luck.

    Swift – “People haven’t always been there for me but music always has.”
    Mullenweg – “The work you do while you procrastinate is probably the work you should be doing for the rest of your life.”

  3. Great story! And how the heck did you eat that many chicken nuggets? My god, man. What would that look like if you piled them on a table? Or in a pillow case? My brain is having trouble processing this…