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HeroPress: India and HeroPress

HeroPress: India and HeroPress
Pull Quote: Nothing is better than a girl who writes code.

It’s no secret that HeroPress was greatly helped in its early days by people from India. Jeet, Saurabh, Aditya, Alexander, and many others gave deep and meaningful advice on how I, as a white American male, should approach the task I had set before me. This is one of the reasons it makes me so happy when I hear stories of how WordPress changes lives there, especially for women.

This week’s HeroPress replay is from Juhi Patel, from Gujarat, in northwestern India. As I recall, hers was also the very first HeroPress essay to be multi-lingual, something I’ve always wanted.

Juhi’s culture isn’t too keen on women doing Professional work, a problem not all that uncommon throughout the world. Not only did she have the courage to move against that belief system, WordPress gave her the tools to practically make it happen, and thereby be an example to other women around her. There are still good things happening in the world, and Juhi is helping to make them happen.

Check out her essay here:

Is WordPress Good for Indian Women?

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It’s no secret that HeroPress was greatly helped in its early days by people from India. Jeet, Saurabh, Aditya, Alexander, and many others gave deep and meaningful advice on how I, as a white American male, should approach the task I had set before me. This is one of the reasons it makes me so happy when I hear stories of how WordPress changes lives there, especially for women. This week’s HeroPress replay is from Juhi Patel, from Gujarat, in northwestern India. As I recall, hers was also the very first HeroPress essay to be multi-lingual, something I’ve always wanted.…

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HeroPress: Global Unity

HeroPress: Global Unity
Pull Quote: I am quite lucky to wake up every morning and work, all on my own, in a country where 54% of the population are unemployed and over 70% are youth.

One of the things I’ve loved most about HeroPress is getting to know people far away. It’s getting harder and harder to name a country where I can’t say “Hey, I have a friend there!”.  This week I’m in Australia for WordCamp Sydney, and I’m crazy excited about all the people I’m going to meet. The global unity of the WordPress community is exhilarating.

The replay essay I picked for this week is titled “A Bottomless World of Possibilities” by Jamaal Jaamac in Mogadishu, Somalia. His world is so completely different from mine that sometimes I even have a hard time asking the right questions to find out what it’s like.

Jamaal doesn’t live in a place where good work comes easy or often. It’s chiseled out of society with labor and love. There’s a stereotype that people in poor countries are lazy, but I think they have to be stronger and work harder just to make it. Jamaal is one of my heroes.

Check out his essay.

A Bottomless World of Possibilities

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One of the things I’ve loved most about HeroPress is getting to know people far away. It’s getting harder and harder to name a country where I can’t say “Hey, I have a friend there!”.  This week I’m in Australia for WordCamp Sydney, and I’m crazy excited about all the people I’m going to meet. The global unity of the WordPress community is exhilarating. The replay essay I picked for this week is titled “A Bottomless World of Possibilities” by Jamaal Jaamac in Mogadishu, Somalia. His world is so completely different from mine that sometimes I even have a hard…

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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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