I just wanted to say that I'm so very humbled to be a part of such an amazing group of people! Your incredibly positive support with this WPCandy Theme Madness competition has totally blown me away, along with many others in the WordPress community.
The results are in and we just BARELY lost to StudioPress 753 to 721 :
I'd be lying if I said this close loss doesn't sting a bit. I keep thinking of all the little things I could have done to stir up a few more votes and bring home the W, but that's just a hindsight hurdle I'll have to get over.
The bottom line is that StudioPress won and I congratulate them for that!
But there's just no doubt that our young, small community showed that they have more heart than any other community taking part in this contest. That's just a FACT!!
So congrats to you guys for all your hard work in supporting each other, our team and the Catalyst Theme!
One final note that I think it very important to point out:
It really occurred to me that even though Catalyst is a great WordPress Theme, it's the community behind that makes it exceptional! Our team can do our part to make Catalyst the best WP Theme out there, but it's going to be you guys that really spread the word.
So just keep this in mind and remember all that we've done with hundreds of blog post comments, hundreds of votes and tweets and just going that extra mile to let the WordPress World know how awesome our theme and our community are.
Because it will be the continuation of this kind of Catalyst evangelism that will win more users over to Catalyst and in effect give us an even stronger community!
And I can't stress this enough! Anyone who thinks this is just some kind of "popularity contest" that's just not the case at all. The plain truth is that the overall health and positive outlook for any product is the health and positive growth of its community.
So if you want Catalyst to get better and better just keep doing your part to get the word out and win WordPress users over to Catalyst.
You do that and I promise that me and my team will continue to do all we can to make sure Catalyst is the best of the best...period!!
So once again, thanks for all your support and keep it up! This was just one opportunity to show the World of WordPress who we are and there will be many other opportunities to shine.
You guys are amazing!!