Why I Love the WordPress Community

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Around 2009, I came across Chris Ford‘s website, and immediately fell in love with her design style. I wanted to be her when I grew up, and I emailed her to tell her as much. Even though I was a nobody, she wrote back to cheer me on and let me know she was there to offer advice whenever I needed it. That email gave me the courage to create my first WordPress design. We’ve become great friends over the years, and recently we even got to meet in person at WordCamp Chicago.

Even though I’ve played an active role in the WordPress community for some time, I still can’t get over the play-by-the-rules and pay-it-forward mentality that I encounter every day.

I recently contacted Brad Potter for a quote on implementing a mobile toggle menu into my Crave theme. He insisted on doing it for free, saying “every now and then I like to do an act of kindness. This was a way of doing so.”

Just today Rob Neu spotted a bug in one of my themes. He immediately invited me on Skype and when I thanked him profusely and asked him for a quote to fix the bug, he said “we charge clients, not friends.” Seriously, how awesome is that?

If you haven’t had the displeasure of trying to network with design and development professionals outside the WordPress community, then you might not realize how lucky we are. Carrie Dils (another one of my favorite design friends) gave an awesome presentation called Collaboration Not Competition at WordCamp San Francisco, and the whole time I watched I was nodding my head and (mentally) shouting “AMEN.” If you haven’t watched it, go do it. Right now. I’ll wait.

I could rave about the WordPress community all day, but what it comes down to is this: I started using WordPress because I heard it was user-friendly, great for SEO, versatile, and secure. What I didn’t know is that it comes packaged with an amazing community ready to lend a hand and help you “level up” (as Carrie awesomely put it). I stumbled into using WordPress as a career, and I’m so lucky I did. I wouldn’t trade my WordPress community ties for the world. WordPress FTW!

Authored by: Jessica Barnard

Post by: Jessica Barnard

Comments

  1. Thank you Jessica.

    I’m a believer in the Pay it Forward principle and have benefited from it many times myself. The WordPress community thrives because of it.

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