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HeroPress: Accessibility Where It Matters

HeroPress: Accessibility Where It Matters
Pull Quote: The beauty of WordPress and its community is that we can create opportunities for ourselves.

One of the things that I’ve always loved about WordPress is how it provides things to people. It provides a living to those who have none, it provides community to those without one, and it can provide tools to those who need them.

Amanda Rush is blind, and navigates a world that is often hostile to blind people. WordPress developers work very very hard to make the WordPress software usable by people with no sight.

A wonderful by-product of that is that Amanda and people like her can build a career for themselves, without depending on a physically friendly workplace and a physically friendly transit.

WordPress provides Freedom to those who deal with a world that’s built to be hostile toward them.

Finding Freedom in WordPress

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One of the things that I’ve always loved about WordPress is how it provides things to people. It provides a living to those who have none, it provides community to those without one, and it can provide tools to those who need them. Amanda Rush is blind, and navigates a world that is often hostile to blind people. WordPress developers work very very hard to make the WordPress software usable by people with no sight. A wonderful by-product of that is that Amanda and people like her can build a career for themselves, without depending on a physically friendly workplace…

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HeroPress: Succeeding in Egypt

HeroPress: Succeeding in Egypt
Pull quote: If you didn’t fail, you probably haven’t *truly* succeeded yet.

This week’s HeroPress rewind is by Shady Sharaf from Cairo, Egypt. Shady is really the kind of person I had in mind when I started HeroPress: talented and smart, but isolated. The WordPress community is relatively small in Cairo, given the number of people that live there. So he leans on the international community for the kinds of relationships others (who can just go to WordCamps whenever they want) might take for granted.

Shady’s essay came to me during a time of unrest in Egypt, yet he still got up every morning, took care of his family, and got work done. He’s one of my heroes for a number of reasons, as well as a good friend.

Ambition, Persistence, and Self-Motivation

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This week’s HeroPress rewind is by Shady Sharaf from Cairo, Egypt. Shady is really the kind of person I had in mind when I started HeroPress: talented and smart, but isolated. The WordPress community is relatively small in Cairo, given the number of people that live there. So he leans on the international community for the kinds of relationships others (who can just go to WordCamps whenever they want) might take for granted. Shady’s essay came to me during a time of unrest in Egypt, yet he still got up every morning, took care of his family, and got work…

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HeroPress: Finding Family Wherever You Can

HeroPress: Finding Family Wherever You Can
Pull Quote: Without the WordPress community, I don't know where I would be now.

I don’t actually remember when I met Jeff Matson.  As I look back over the last 8 years I know there were times I didn’t know him, and then suddenly he was there, immediately a good friend. And then, for all that I thought I knew him, his HeroPress essay shed an entirely new light on who he is.

I believe that what we know about people shapes how we view them. Now I know that Jeff plowed through some crazy, dangerous, harmful things in his young life and somehow still ended up a stable, intelligent, reliable adult. Many kids in that life don’t make it this far.

I’m proud of what the WordPress community has contributed to his life, and I’m grateful to Jeff for what he’s has contributed to this community.

Out Of The Darkness

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HeroPress: Second Careers

HeroPress: Second Careers
Pull Quote: I'd rather solve the right problem with code that has room for improvement, than solve the wrong problem with perfect code.

I’m always fascinated by people who find second careers when they’re at the top of their game in the first one. To be really excellent at something and then switch to something else altogether is fascinating to see. Very often those people bubble to the top of whatever career they venture into.

This week’s HeroPress replay is titled “Moving On From Moving On Stage” by Karin Taliga. Karin is a dancer, and has had a rich and full career in that field. But the web called to her. Like the siren’s song, always keening “Come play here, it’s wonderful!”

When someone recommended I contact Karin 2 years ago she was winding up her dancing career and moving into a full time career as a web developer. The whole concept of a second career sounds exciting. I’ve always thought of “career” as something you do your whole life. But Karin has more adult life ahead of her than behind her, and I’m super excited to see where she goes with it.

Check out Karin’s original post from May of 2016.

Moving On From Moving On Stage

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HeroPress: Where WordPress REALLY Matters

HeroPress: Where WordPress REALLY Matters
Pull Quote: The silence is there. But it no longer scares me.

A couple years ago I was given possibly the biggest gift the WordPress community has ever given me. The organizers of WordCamp Pune called me to speak, and the community sent me. It was an amazing experience that changed my life.

While I was there I met Mahangu Weerasinghe, a wonderful man from Sri Lanka. He spoke about things that really really resonated with me. His talk was about linguistic accessibility to the Internet in Southeast Asia. Many people told me that English is enough to communicate to all of India, but Mahangu pointed out that MILLIONS of people in Southeast Asia cannot read or understand a single language on the web, let alone English.

WordPress can change that, and that’s where WordPress really matters.  It’s wonderful that people around the world can make a living with it, and it’s wonderful that it gives creative outlet to so many, but important that WordPress can give global voice to those who have none.

Mahangu felt for a long time that he had no voice. WordPress changed that for him, and now he’s using WordPress to change that for everyone.  He’s been hugely inspirational to me, and I hope he is for you as well.

Breaking the Silence

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HeroPress: Growing Up Rural

HeroPress: Growing Up Rural
Pull Quote: I hope and pray that in some small way I'll be able to take what I've learned and make an impact for others.

This week’s throwback essay is titled “I don’t know anything, and that’s ok“. It was written back in 2015 by my friend Kyle. He and I grew up in similar circumstances; far from a hub of civilization, in a relatively economically depressed area, without the best education opportunities.

Yet he and I both managed to find the web, dive in, and find home. We support our families and find joy in the work we produce. I’m not sure there’s a better way to live than that.

Check out Kyle’s essay and let him know what you think.

I Don’t Know Anything and That’s OK

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