WordPress on the wane?

WordPress on the wane?

I don’t know if you spend much time using Google’s insights for search tool… but I do… and I’ve noticed a trend that should be of interest to the entire WordPress community.

While TechCrunch may be reporting that WordPress.com is growing at a healthy rate… the same cannot necessarily be said for ‘WordPress’ as a whole.

In fact, things are heading downwards!

First up, check out this graph for the number of queries for ‘WordPress’ since 2004… pretty healthy huh!

WordPress search volume since 2004
WordPress search volume since 2004

However, this year, things have been looking far from rosy – and while there has been a slight increase since the start of the year.. the trend since June has first been a flattening, and then a significant (circa 10%?) decline.

Things not looking so great in 2009
Things not looking so great in 2009

Could this be simply a reflection of the overall maturity of the project, or a blip on an otherwise continuing upward trajectory, or are competitors gaining ground and interest in WP dropping off?

Whatever the reason – it’ll make for interesting trend watching in 2010 – and I’m sure I’m  not just speaking for myself when I say it’d be nice to see WP continue on the up!