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HeroPress: Making A Safe Place

HeroPress: Making A Safe Place
Pull Quote: The WordPress community is, slowly but surely, helping me get rid of my ingrown fear of the unknown, of others.

Being a remote worker makes it easy to hide from a world that you find scary or dangerous. If you’re never in the presence of other people they can’t hit you. Retreat becomes so easy. Marius Jensen from Sola, Norway grew up in a society that did not care for him, and made him want to hide from the world forever.

The WordPress community gave him a safe place to talk to people online, and after time, in person. WordCamps became a place of safety and compassion. This isn’t the case for all people, but it is for many people, in many places. Check out Marius’ essay from last July, about finding a safe place.

Becoming Myself Again

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Being a remote worker makes it easy to hide from a world that you find scary or dangerous. If you’re never in the presence of other people they can’t hit you. Retreat becomes so easy. Marius Jensen from Sola, Norway grew up in a society that did not care for him, and made him want to hide from the world forever. The WordPress community gave him a safe place to talk to people online, and after time, in person. WordCamps became a place of safety and compassion. This isn’t the case for all people, but it is for many people,…

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HeroPress: Translating For Love

HeroPress: Translating For Love
Pull Quote: I started translating WordPress so that my seven-year-old daughter can share her personal stories.

We all have our reasons for the things we do. Money, love, orders, etc. Vladimir Petkov started using WordPress because it solved a problem. As the years went by it continued to solve problems, and he continued to use it. His time to give back didn’t arrive until much later though.

His 7 year old daughter wanted a blog, and WordPress wasn’t completely translated into her language. So Vladimir learned how to translate WordPress, so his little girl (and every other Bulgarian speaker) can use their voice to speak to the world.

Why do you give back to WordPress? If you’d like more info about how you can (no coding required!) drop a note in the comments.

Also, check out Vladimir’s essay.

Rebirth

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We all have our reasons for the things we do. Money, love, orders, etc. Vladimir Petkov started using WordPress because it solved a problem. As the years went by it continued to solve problems, and he continued to use it. His time to give back didn’t arrive until much later though. His 7 year old daughter wanted a blog, and WordPress wasn’t completely translated into her language. So Vladimir learned how to translate WordPress, so his little girl (and every other Bulgarian speaker) can use their voice to speak to the world. Why do you give back to WordPress? If…

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HeroPress: The Power Of WordCamps

HeroPress: The Power Of WordCamps
Pull Quote: I was helping hundreds of people that were using WordPress for their business. That's powerful.

WordCamps have a unique power to impact lives and careers. Without people and community, WordPress is simply software. But when you add in a large group of passionate people, people who are and are interested, everything changes. There’s excitement, encouragement, and education. Entrepreneurship can be a long and lonely road. Having a solid support community can make all the difference, and WordCamps can be a huge shot in the arm.

This week’s HeroPress replay is by Juan Hernando from Pontevedra, Spain. His essay details his journey from an unknown member of his local WordPress community to being a leader in that same community.

Becoming Known in the WordPress Community

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WordCamps have a unique power to impact lives and careers. Without people and community, WordPress is simply software. But when you add in a large group of passionate people, people who are and are interested, everything changes. There’s excitement, encouragement, and education. Entrepreneurship can be a long and lonely road. Having a solid support community can make all the difference, and WordCamps can be a huge shot in the arm. This week’s HeroPress replay is by Juan Hernando from Pontevedra, Spain. His essay details his journey from an unknown member of his local WordPress community to being a leader in…

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HeroPress: Proving Geography Doesn’t Matter

HeroPress: Proving Geography Doesn’t Matter
Pull Quote: Time passed, and I fell more and more in love with WordPress.

Map of Kansas with St. Lucia overlaid.Almost exactly two years ago I was looking at Google Analytics Realtime and someone from St. Lucia popped up.  St. Lucia isn’t a very big place. In the map on the right you can see a little pink dot in the center.  That’s the size of St. Lucia compared to Kansas. The entire country has fewer people than my city. I wondered who that was, so I tweeted out to the world, asking if anyone knew who that might be. A friend from Themeisle said “Our man Uriahs lives there, maybe it’s him!”

I looked up Uriahs, and sure enough, it was him! I was fascinated to learn what a WordPress community would look like on an island that size. As it turns out, he’s fairly alone in WordPress geographically. When I met him, he had never been off his tiny island in the Caribbean.

Uriahs’ essay is about learning and finding a career in a global workspace, having a GOOD job, all while living someplace where that job didn’t even exist.

A Minority Amongst Minorities

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Almost exactly two years ago I was looking at Google Analytics Realtime and someone from St. Lucia popped up.  St. Lucia isn’t a very big place. In the map on the right you can see a little pink dot in the center.  That’s the size of St. Lucia compared to Kansas. The entire country has fewer people than my city. I wondered who that was, so I tweeted out to the world, asking if anyone knew who that might be. A friend from Themeisle said “Our man Uriahs lives there, maybe it’s him!” I looked up Uriahs, and sure enough,…

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HeroPress: By Helping Others, I Save Myself

HeroPress: By Helping Others, I Save Myself
Banner for OSMI, Open Sourcing Mental Illness

I think I met Ed Finkler at WordCamp Milwaukee in 2016. It was at the speaker dinner, and he sat across from me for a while. He seemed like a pretty normal WordPress developer and several weeks later I asked him to do a HeroPress essay. His answer surprised me. “Well sure, that sounds pretty cool, aside from the fact that I don’t really do WordPress anymore”.

As it turns out, he had mostly retired from active WordPress development. His every day world was now filled with working in different frameworks and languages, amongst people who help WordPress in disdain. But Ed’s view fascinated me. For all that he was working with more modern frameworks, WordPress is what made him a great developer. The empathy and compassion for the user that WordPress holds so dearly carried over into the rest of his life.

So what was he doing at WordCamp? Spreading the word about his cool new organization, which I will leave for you to read about.

How WordPress Taught Me To Be a Better Developer

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I think I met Ed Finkler at WordCamp Milwaukee in 2016. It was at the speaker dinner, and he sat across from me for a while. He seemed like a pretty normal WordPress developer and several weeks later I asked him to do a HeroPress essay. His answer surprised me. “Well sure, that sounds pretty cool, aside from the fact that I don’t really do WordPress anymore”. As it turns out, he had mostly retired from active WordPress development. His every day world was now filled with working in different frameworks and languages, amongst people who help WordPress in disdain.…

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HeroPress: Freedom to Parent

HeroPress: Freedom to Parent
Pull quote: WordPress has given me much more than just a job. It has given me back my pride, my strength, a social life.

In any post about how WordPress changes lives the word Freedom invariably comes up. Freedom to be yourself, to travel, to grow, learn, even age. This week’s replay is about the freedom to parent.

Ines was a young single mother without advanced education during an economic downturn. Things seemed bleak.

Through her own hard work and effort she learned the fundamentals of web development, but it was WordPress that allowed her to pursue that profession from her own home. She was able to be home with her baby and care for him the way she saw fit. He was able to grow getting to know his mother every day instead of a day care worker.

WordPress can be an incredible source of freedom for single parents, allowing them to have a solid career while also being good parents.

Getting A Life

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In any post about how WordPress changes lives the word Freedom invariably comes up. Freedom to be yourself, to travel, to grow, learn, even age. This week’s replay is about the freedom to parent. Ines was a young single mother without advanced education during an economic downturn. Things seemed bleak. Through her own hard work and effort she learned the fundamentals of web development, but it was WordPress that allowed her to pursue that profession from her own home. She was able to be home with her baby and care for him the way she saw fit. He was able…

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