I started using WordPress more than 3 years ago and have been using it since version 1.5. Prior to using WordPress, I was using Joomla. Joomla is a great platform no doubt, but it was a bit complicated for my liking.
After several perusals from my friends, I finally switched to WordPress. It was not easy though as I had to write a custom script to import the Joomla database to WordPress (I still have that script, but it is a bit outdated am working on it for a plugin).
My first reaction on switching to WordPress was, "Oh My God, I did not know that blogging was so easy" and I seriously enjoyed it a lot. I even went out and wrote several WordPress plugins, few of which I released, and few of which are yet to be.
From 1.5 to 2.9 it has been a very interesting journey. I have learnt so many things in between and have been able to apply all of those learning’s to create plugins or optimize my own site, help others with their problems and more.
However, for me it was really important to have that first reaction of "OOPS!! Why didn’t I use this earlier". That changed everything.
What has been your first reaction on using WordPress? How have you grown into it? I would love if you share your own experiences here to see how it has shaped blogging for you.