Today I received your letter regarding the new uploading and gallery functionality in WordPress 2.5. I also received the advance copy (aka 2.5 RC2) but have not been able to install it yet due to work related issues.
I do appreciate your letter though, and the walkthrough of the new image interface. Uploading multiple images looks like a breeze, and the gallery functionality looks splendid. I wish I had it back in 2006, but I will most certainly find good use of it in this year as well.
As I have said before, I remain skeptical of the new interface design. You can talk about Happy Cog all you want, but although I don’t doubt it being easy to use, I just don’t think it looks all that appealing. Better than today, mayhap, but not when it could – nay, should! – have been rivaling your competition, being Movable Type of course.
Speaking of which, I followed your disagreement with interest. I must confess, I have been thinking of giving in to the temptation of multiple blogs over one install, the one feature I feel you lack in your core WordPress system. Don’t get me started on MU, your sibling. She’s not nearly mature enough, I’m sorry to say.
Maybe the gallery functionality is already there, in your competition’s offerings, and maybe it isn’t. I don’t know, to tell the truth.
I was recently asked by an acquaintance to look into another publishing system. And I must tell you, dear WordPress, that I was tempted to do so. There are things within you that just isn’t working like I’d want it to. You are trying to change, but maybe it is so that you have become too old, that you need to refurbish from the ground up. I guess you are, following the new trends and all, what you read in magazine and surfing the internet.
You have always been a good listener. I still think so.
Again, thank you for your letter. I appreciate it, it is the way to speak to an old friend. Yes, I say old now, with the history we have together I feel I just can’t nor won’t give you up so easily. You shouldn’t take our friendship for granted of course, none of us should do that to anyone, since who knows what the future has in store for you, for us, for everyone?
Still, you are my most loyal friend in the time of need.
I look forward to your visit soon.
Thord Daniel Hedengren
Thord Daniel Hedengren is a designer, writer, and blogger, and also the former editor of The Blog Herald. He used to be a hotshot in the gaming industry in Sweden, but sold everything and went International. Most recently he wrote a book called Smashing WordPress: Beyond the Blog, and does loads of kickass design.