I was so thrilled when Mina Olen theme got accepted in WordPress.com. It has not been huge success but 5200$ in a year is a good start for me. I had vision to crow my land of themes so that 4-6 theme would be cool to have in there. I doubt that’ll never happen.
I knew that Kuorinka theme would probably be rejected, and I was right. That was no surprise. It was time to roll up my sleeves and start working with Toivo, my last Hope! I honestly think that I am much better theme developer than I was one year ago and I was very happy how Toivo came out. It’s my best one so far. The code is rock solid and design was spot on.
I send the theme in WordPress.com and waited their answer for a while, that’s never good is it:) After three days jury had reached the verdict: it was not good enough for WordPress.com.
They were nice enough to tell me the reasons. They didn’t write it like this but this is how it felt, and probably this is how they were feeling about it too.
I was little disappointed. But I wasn’t crying! My tears were coming from watching “Valley of Sigh”, our students amazing play.
I hope I can prove them wrong in WordPress.org version of the theme.
I really don’t know where WordPress.com themes are going right now. They might have lost their focus like I did. First they opened their marketplace for everybody and now it’s closed again. It seems that they have been pushing really hard for publishing free themes, that’s a good thing for users. But for commercial themes I’m not so sure what’s the goal.
It would be interesting to know what other new theme shops thinks about WordPress.com marketplace? I’m not on the same page with them so I’m just gonna turn the page.