Originally posted on WordPress.com News:

sxswAfter handing out 2600 WordPress 10th anniversary shirts and tote bags, animating 500+ festivalgoers, helping dozens of WordPress users, and consuming several pounds of brisket, we’re headed home from the 2013 South by Southwest Interactive festival.

For those of you we connected with: it was great to see you! We love hearing about all the innovative ways you’re using WordPress and finding new sites to follow. If you weren’t at this year’s SxSW, here are some of our highlights:

  • WordPress co-founder and Automattic founder Matt Mullenweg sat down with AllThingsD’s Kara Swisher for an informal, wide-ranging, and funny conversation on the future of WordPress, the future of blogging, and why there will always be a need for online spaces where we can flesh out ideas with more than 140 characters. Think longform writing is dying on the web? Quoth Matt, “Haters gonna hate, and creators gonna create.” (They also did a pre-session…

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