March 23, 2017 — “WordPress has been a project beyond borders since inception. Its global community has been growing for the past 14 years and nowadays millions of people around the world speak WordPress.
The story of WordPress is the story of multicultural collaboration. From code to events and translations, thousands of people work together every day to make the software that powers 27% of the web.
In 2013, the first WordCamp Europe jump started several local communities in European countries and inspired hundreds of people to start contributing back. Having existed mostly in the shadows of the contributing efforts since 2003, the WordPress Polyglots team is now gaining strong momentum while its 17 000 strong volunteer team is working tirelessly to remove the language barriers for users. In 2016 the team organized the 2 largest online WordPress contributor days to this day with more than 800 people joining to translate in 132 languages.
This talk tells the story of how WordPress – the project we know and love, helps shape a modern way of working together and doing business – beyond the boundaries of office spaces and cultural stereotypes.”
March 20, 2017 — Pascal Birchler resides in Zurich, Switzerland and is a student and a passionate developer. He was a co-organizer of the WordPress Zurich Meetup as well as WordCamp Switzerland 2014 and 2015.
He built his first website and began blogging as a 12-year-old in 2006. He started blogging about WordPress in 2008.
March 12, 2017 — Episode 15
I throw out the idea of a new interview series that would feature chats with the various leaders of the Make WordPress Teams.
We take a look at the Community Team and news about the various stages that WordCamps are in.
From the Accessibility Team, we take a quick look at the Handbook.
March 6, 2017 — Jenny Beaumont is a multicultural, multidisciplinary maker and writer of things. She is a leader of people and of projects, who values communication above all else as a means to successful collaboration.
Jenny and Paolo Belcastro, are the co-organizers of WordCamp Europe. She is the team lead of the local WordPress Community.
March 3, 2017 — This episode we take a quick look at Marketing and Accessibility.
Marketing has made a call to action asking that WordPress Meetups record quick video testimonials. A “testimonial” category has been added to the WordPress TV Video Submission page.
Accessibility (and other Teams) are making plans and taking suggestions for topics to be discussed at the Contributor Day at WordCamp Europe.
February 4, 2017 — This is the story of how I became involved with WordPress, and the WordPress community, and also how attending WordCamp Sydney 2014 changed my life.
It will give examples of how giving back to WordPress can be beneficial in many ways, and also hopefully inspire those just embarking on their WordPress journey to follow their dreams, and maybe even some tidbits for seasoned WordPressers.
January 7, 2017 — Bridget Willard started her career with office work, earned a teaching degree, but returned to the office where she carved out a career in social media and marketing and ended up at a WordPress Plugin Development Shop. Currently, she is the Marketing Manager for WordImpress, whose flagship plugin is GiveWP — an online donation plugin. She is also the co-host of WPblab, and co-organizer of the Women in WordPress meetup in Huntington Beach, California. She blogs about social media and, of course, WordPress on her site at http://www.bridgetwillard.com. Please check out her blog and give her a warm Cincinnati welcome!
January 2, 2017 — Jeff Chandler and Marcus Couch host the WordPress Weekly podcast, which covers all things WordPress. They also interview a variety people who make up the WordPress Community.
Marcus Couch has been a WordPress developer for more than 12 years. Besides being the co-host of WordPress Weekly, he is the cohost of the WordPress Plugins A-Z Podcast with John Overall. Marcus also helps people plan, develop and implement membership sites at Membership Site Coach.
Jeff Chandler launched WordPress Weekly in January of 2008. In that initial episode, Jeff talked about the release of WordPress 2.3.2 and running WordPress locally. He resides in Ohio and has been writing about WordPress since 2007 at the WPTavern. When he attends WordCamps, Jeff can mostly be found taking part in the Hallway Track.
We had a great time talking WordCamps and the WordPress Community.
I do need to apologize to Jeff and Marcus. This is the first time that I had two guest being interviewed. There are times where you can see that Marcus and Jeff’s face are blocked. I did not realize this happened until I was processing the video.
December 23, 2016 — The WordPress community is wonderful, but working with and in it can be a very frustrating experience. You can come to feel that no good deed goes unpunished, that no one listens to your opinions, or that all the hard work you’ve done just gets ignored. This is true whether you’re a multi-year core contributor, a business owner, or just a passionate user trying to make your site do things which feel like they ought to be simple, but turn out to be unexpectedly complex or confusing.
Often in such situations we fall into bad patterns of miscommunication and misunderstanding, faulting others in the community for ignorance, rudeness, or outright hostility.
The Four Agreements, a self-help book published to great acclaim nearly 20 years ago, actually offers a surprisingly helpful and accurate set of tools for helping you navigate your way through these waters. Matt Mullenweg himself recently called it “an excellent book” and said he had “enjoyed it.”
We’ll review the four agreements:
1. Be Impeccable With Your Word.
2. Don’t Take Anything Personally.
3. Don’t Make Assumptions.
4. Always Do Your Best.
We’ll also cover how to operationalize these in the context of working with an open source community.