The reason I mention the Wordpress.com anniversary is that Babbler posted on't, so I took a look and was actually quite moved by the heartfelt essay of thanks to Wordpress by one of its users; a blogger name of Lorelle.
Here's the bit I found the most eloquent.
The whole post reminded me of how happy I am that there are people like the staff at Blogger.com and Wordpress.com (and, though I think it's not free, TypePad, cuz a few of my favorite bloggers on there) who put in so much effort to provide such an awesome Low Cost means of making the Internets perhaps the most egalitarian social construct yet to be created.
Wordpress.com is more than just a free blogging service. It’s foundation lies even deeper than the WordPress collection of php code driven blog management software. It’s foundation is built upon the honest belief that everyone has a right to have a free voice - and that their voice has a right to be freely heard.
No matter how much we want “pretty” in a WordPress Theme, no matter how much we wish the sidebar were on the left instead of the right, or want to add Flickr galleries to our sidebars or posts, insert video or music files into our posts, tag posts, change header art, or wrap text around pictures, it’s all about the stories we share, the memories we recall, pictures we show off, opinions we rattle off, our screams and shouts, our whines and moans, tears openly shed, questions asked, answers challenged, and words we write.
So Happy Anniversary Wordpress.com. Let Freedom Blog!