In this short n’ sweet episode, I get deep and personal about how much WordPress means to me, not just in my business, but in my lifestyle. Those who know me will know that I like to be involved with the WordPress community as much as I can, it’s a big part of why I love WordPress.
But there are other reasons why WordPress means a lot to me and I talked about this briefly in this episode.
- WordCamp Central
- Matt Mullenweg interview about “democratizing publishing”
Ahmed Khalifa: And here we go. This is IgniteRock Podcast, where one week I interview those who are doing awesome stuff with WordPress, and the other week I share some tips and advice on making the most out of your online business and career. Thank you for tuning in and now let’s get straight onto the show.
And here we go everyone, thank you very much for joining in today on episode 28 of The IgniteRock Podcast, and I want to get deep and personal again. If you have heard one of my last episode, the solo one on episode 26, I talk about what can you get out of podcasting. It’s a short and a pretty simple podcast episode and I wanna do more of that. And I think people like it as well, so today it’s gonna be another short and sweet episode.
And this time I want to talk about what WordPress means to me, and of course WordPress is such a big deal to me in my lifestyle, in my business. But what is it really about? What does it really mean to me? And I just wanna talk that briefly today.Click Here to Show Transcript
Of course, the main part of WordPress is the actual CMS, the actual content management system. And whether you are on .com or .org, and there are differences; it’s a powerful platform. It gives you that voice. It gives you that presence online and WordPress really does make it easy for you to do that. And it’s just amazing. But obviously WordPress means so much more than that and to me personally, there’re so many things that I look at when I think about what it does to me and my life. So I’ve got five things to talk about in terms of what WordPress means to me and let’s just get straight into it.
Now let’s get into number one, which is the people. Definitely for me number one, the people makes what it is, the people are amazing. I strongly believe in the community, the WordPress community, what they do and how they help each other, and how they help WordPress, how they help the community. It’s just a thriving, helpful and fun community. It really, really is. And there’re so much resources out there, people have created and put together just to help you.
And that’s just typical of WordPress community and the likes. And for me personally being surrounded by talented and passionate people or also helpful and friendly and sociable and just fun to be around with; it just means a lot to me. And that’s why I love being around the people who are involved in WordPress. The number one thing for me it’s definitely the people.
Number two will be about my career and obviously my lifestyle as well, and my business revolves around WordPress. And obviously I help people work with websites to kind of grow their online visibility, but it’s also part of my lifestyle. And that’s how I got into it, because I was curious about WordPress. I wanted to play around with it and that was many years ago, about maybe ten years ago I think, when I first got into WordPress. Maybe more than that.And it became part of my lifestyle back then; it
And it became part of my lifestyle back then, it becomes even more part of my lifestyle now because I just get involved with a lot of kind of social activity, the meetup, the online community and WordCamp. We shall get into it in a bit. It became such a big part of my career and my lifestyle. And that’s all thanks to WordPress.
Number three it’s about being part of its purpose. And WordPress had a purpose when it created the CMS in first place. And today it powers over a quarter of the worldwide web. If you think about that, that is massive. We’re talking millions and millions of websites that WordPress powers. But WordPress, according to the co-founder, Matt Mullenweg, he has made a mission to democratise publishing. And he just wanted everyone to have that voice and make it easy for everyone to have that voice online.
And for me to be a part of that, for me to be contributing to help WordPress with that mission, it just really, really made me feel kind of humble about it and make me feel excited. And it’s an honour, it really is an honour to be part of that and my way of doing that, by contributing, is to help others with their website. Even attending the meetup or helping people with any questions they have at the meetup. Or even attending and contributing to WordCamp, which is like a WordPress conference kind of thing.
And that’s my way of contributing to WordPress purpose. And you know, you don’t have to be a technical person to give back to the project, if you want to do that. You don’t have to. There’re so many ways of doing that, and it could be whether a technical or non-technical way. It could be volunteering at the WordCamp. It could be talking about, it could be sharing your tips and advice about how to do x, y and z. There are so many things to give back. And for me personally, being part of this purpose and helping to give back it’s such a big part of what WordPress means to me.
Number four is about WordCamp, and I’ve mentioned it a couple of times already in this episode, but if you don’t know about WordCamp, it’s like an unofficial WordPress conference kind of thing, that is run by the community. And if you have heard my previous episode, if you have seen me online, is that I have helped to co-organize the WordCamp Edinburgh 2017.
And it was just such an amazing event to be in and even though I have attended WordCamps before, in other places and it happened all around the world; I have never helped to co-organize one. And I’ve volunteered in one; now I’ve co-organized one, which is great. And now I’m gonna be one of the lead organisers of the future WordCamp Edinburgh for at least the next two WordCamp anyway. And that’s exciting to be a part of that as well, so that’s another way to contribute.
And WordCamp it’s such a brilliant, brilliant environment to be in; brilliant event to be around in and it just makes me so happy to be around it when I attend WordCamp. Just being around like-minded people, everyone is there for the same purpose, everyone has the same interest and passion about WordPress. And ultimately everybody wants to help each other as well. There’s no competition about who does what or who’s better than what.
It’s nothing like that. It’s such a fun environment and it’s nothing cheesy about it, and it’s nothing overly salesy that you see in some conferences where they’d be kind of try to sell you what they have to offer. It’s not about that. It’s actually a fun, enjoyable and very good learning experience to be in, as well. It’s really, really fun to be around that environment. So if you haven’t attended WordCamp before, you have to attend it.
It’s really, really cheap to attend and which brings to my next point, number five; which is about equality. And this is a big deal in WordPress. It’s about equality and making everyone be involved regardless of their situation, regardless of their age, gender, your religion, ethnicity and so and disability. It doesn’t matter. Equality is important. Everyone is involved, everyone is invited. And for example, with the case of WordCamp, one of the reasons why it’s cheap, and it’s about 20 pounds or 30 pounds, it’ll 30 dollars, around that price. You get one day or maybe two days of lots of talks and people who will share advice and help you with anything that you have.
As well as food and all these things. And the reason it’s so cheap, it’s because it’s deliberately made to make sure that everyone can attend. Some conferences out there cost a lot of money. We’re talking thousands of pounds, thousands of dollars. But at the same time, not everyone can attend that. But you can attend one, which is about 20-30 dollar, 20-30 pounds kind of thing. And it’s great.
And that’s a really important part of the equality side of things for WordPress is that make it cheap so that everyone can attend. But also make sure that everyone can contribute and be involved in WordPress. And whether it’s a core CMS or it’s about again, about volunteering or about writing about WordPress. It could be about anything and it’s just really, really nice that, for me personally, in that equality and making people all feel welcome and invited it means a lot to me. And that’s a big thing for me in terms of what WordPress means to me.
So just by going over these five points, you can see that these are quite deep and meaningful meanings to me in terms of what WordPress means to me and I hope that makes sense to you. I hope you enjoyed this episode. I hope it makes you think about what WordPress does for you and your website, because if you happen to use it, think about what goes on behind the scene, because it’s a lot that goes on behind the scene. But it’s also a lot of fun things goes on behind the scene.
Not just about all work, all coding and all these things it’s a lot of things that go on about behind the scene. So why not just attend a local meetup? Attend the next WordCamp that’s happening in your area and even travel to one and give it a shot. You’ll realise that the people around it, the community, the ethos behind WordPress is amazing. It really, really is amazing and it’s available for everyone. Anyone can attend. Anyone can join in the community. Anyone can be involved in whatever where you want. And definitely, definitely recommend that you do that.
So once again, thank you for joining me today. I hope you enjoyed it and I hope to catch you again soon next time. In the meantime let’s rock with WordPress.
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