Carole Olinger I was born in Luxembourg (Europe), almost exactly 36 years ago. To be honest, I was not one of the children or teenagers who knew what they wanted to become when they grow up. And to stay honest, I still don’t know exactly to this day.
Jamaal Jaamac I started playing with websites back in 2003. I was in secondary school and Internet was relatively new to Somalia. It arrived in 1998-99 but only very few people had internet in their homes. Luckily there were internet cafes and I was introduced to this guy who owned an internet cafe.
For a while now I’ve been thinking about how to best leverage older content on HeroPress. People who’ve been a fan of HeroPress for a year now have missed an entire year of essays. Also, older content gets very little traffic, and there’s some really great stuff in there.
Heather Burns “Get out there and look at that f****n car. Look at that f****n car! ” And all of the good little office girls jumped up and ran outside to ogle and coo over the chairman’s latest “prestige motor.”
Robert Cheleuka I am a self-taught graphic designer/ motion designer turned web designer and aspiring web developer from Malawi, Africa. I am a digital tinkerer who has fallen in love with and currently gone steady with WordPress. Still, the journey is rough. A little about my home country before you hear my story…
Tine Haugen The late great Superman Christopher Reeve once said ” a hero is someone who, in spite of weakness, doubt or not always knowing the answers, goes ahead and overcomes anyway. ” What if a hero instead is someone who, because of weakness, doubt or not knowing the answers, goes ahead and overcomes?
Eric Kuznacic As I laid there in a heap on that cliffside, my body broken, bloodied and battered, never once did I think, “This is one of the best things to ever happen to me and will lead me down a path of personal and professional fulfillment.”
Something that’s always bothered me about HeroPress is that it’s just so happy and upbeat all the time. Sure, people talk about some hard things sometimes, but it always ends with everything being better and awesome and happy. I’d like to clarify that it’s not always like that.
Amy Lane I’ve always been a geek. When I was in the third grade, I wanted to grow up to be an Egyptologist (or maybe a Marine Biologist; I changed my mind often). My dad built custom computers for a living, and early on, he taught me how to build and wire a computer from spare components.
Topher DeRosia It’s not uncommon for me to ask someone to write a HeroPress essay and have them respond with “Why me? I’m not really on the periphery of anything. WordPress didn’t really help me overcome any hardship”. Almost every time I help them realize what an impact WordPress has made on their life, and how it has enabled them.
Andrea Zoellner I can talk myself out of anything: going to the gym, leaving town for the weekend, even putting down my phone. In fact, I almost talked myself out of the career move that would change my life. Good thing I didn’t. I studied journalism in Montréal, Canada, where I currently live.
Jeff Matson When I first chatted with Topher about doing an article for HeroPress, I couldn’t quite think of how I would put the words together to describe my life, and what has gotten me to where I am now. Am I that interesting?
Mahangu Weerasinghe Silence always scared me. My parents first noticed my stutter when I was three years old. For the longest time, I thought I would one day be rid of it. I went for speech therapy, I did fluency exercises, I prayed. But now, at age thirty, I’m fairly confident that it’s here to stay.
This is a story about how I fell in love with WordPress (and web) even after being misguided towards the career-path of Electrical Engineering and that of a jack of all trades, but WordPress community was where I found my true self. Before I start writing this essay, I’d like to talk a little about HeroPress.
WordPress has played a role in saving my life, extending it beyond where things were headed in 2006. Yeah, I’m looking back at a decade of WordPress and how it has impacted me and hundreds of people connected to me and you’re invited to ride along.
I have confession and a very personal one at that. I’m a chameleon and a reader of rooms. Or I was until I met WordPress. As a small child I stuttered and I was extremely shy. In grade school I was an under performer to the point of being way below grade level in reading and other fundamentals.
“Hi, everyone. I’m Lisa… and I’m a WordPress evangelist.” “Hi, Lisa.” “It’s been 24 hours since my last WordPress plug to a non-WordPress community member, and it feels really freakin’ fantastic.” I honestly cannot stop talking about WordPress as its presence grows in my life. Here is my story.
5 years ago I was sitting across a table from a kid 3 years younger than me begging him to hire me to sell coffee from a drive-through window. Yesterday I upgraded a client’s WordPress site to 4.4, and installed an SSL certificate from LetsEncrypt.org on his server, which I host for him.
Things certainly don’t always work out the way we plan. Life throws you curveballs and you end up in a completely different place to where you started. I had my life completely mapped from when I was very young, but it was not to be.
I got my first taste of meaningful success because of WordPress, when the first free theme I uploaded became one of the top-5 most downloaded themes on the WordPress.org. Since then, WordPress has become a major part of my life.
I started working as a Web Developer at the age of 17. Back then there was little knowledge in my country of Greece, dial up Internet with amazing high cost and every site was in Adobe Flash ( yes, some of us coded with it ).
This is hopefully the first of a new kind of post on HeroPress. This post is about someone doing something heroic with WordPress, but it doesn’t quite fit the essay model. I’d love feedback on what you think. A couple weeks ago Matt Cromwell sent me a note on Slack that said “Did you meet the team behind this project in Pune?”
I grew up on a small farm in lower mid-Michigan. I am the oldest of seven children and was homeschooled from second grade until I started college. Until my first day at Jackson Community College in the summer of 2006 at the age of eighteen, my world consisted of little else besides what existed within the borders of our eighty acre farm.
I could start with a cliché. You can’t teach an old dog new tricks. But that would be wrong. WordPress has been big for me. It’s become a way a life. It changed the direction of my career. It fits nicely with my values of discovery, lifelong learning, of always moving ahead and never looking back.
Sunday morning came bright and early. Once again I completely forgot about breakfast and headed down to the lobby where Rahul and Aditya were going to pick me up to head to WordCamp. I mentioned that I forgot breakfast, so when we got to the venue (really quite early) Rahul’s business partner Vivek asked if I’d like to go out for breakfast.
When Topher approached me to contribute my story on HeroPress, I was overwhelmed. I felt that I had lots to learn before I could even think about contributing. I decided to decline.
I set out to to build HeroPress into something that would help people. My goal was to help the readers. Over time it has felt like the contributors are getting more out of it than the readers, and it’s felt like I personally am getting more out of it than anyone.
WordPress has changed my career. It has helped me achieve financial and personal independence. It has given me confidence and notoriety. It has enabled me to travel the country. It has completely changed my home, my friendships, my romantic relationships. It has transformed my entire life. But let me back up a minute.
48. After 25 years in the working world as a showroom manager, office manager and doing IT helpdesk and purchasing work, I was at a crossroads. I’d stopped taking care of a husband years earlier, my kids were grown and almost out of the house.
I got my first computer in 1995. I used them a lot in school so that I could turn in homework to my sighted teachers, but screen readers were and are expensive so owning one was out of the question for a long time.
This coming weekend I’m presenting a case study on HeroPress for WordCamp Milwaukee, and in September (as you ALL know!) I’m doing a presentation on HeroPress at WordCamp Pune. I’d like for both of those presentations to have some feedback from readers about what HeroPress has meant to you, or how it has affected or impacted you.
I got involved with computers ever since I got my first one at home in 1996. I dug into everything going on in DOS and Windows 3.11 and managed to break it all at least 20 times in a row.
I’m Sunny Ratilal. Some of you may have heard about me: I’m a Core Developer of Easy Digital Downloads and have been since 27th July 2012. I’m a 18 year old guy living in London. I’ve lived there my whole life but from a young age have always had a passion for computers and the urge to know more about them.
When I was about 13 years old, I made my first tech purchase, an iPod Touch. This was essentially my first “computer”. I know what you’re thinking, that an iPod Touch is nothing like a computer. But to my 13 year-old mind, this was not the case.
When I was first presented with the opportunity to write for HeroPress, my initial reaction was; “Why? What could I possibly say to help people more experienced than I am at WordPress?” You see, I’ve only been using WordPress for a little more than a year, and I only use it for blogging.
This week begins a three week series on HeroPress of essays from people younger than 20. Someone wise pointed out that these aren’t necessarily stories about “the periphery” of WordPress. I’m choosing to go ahead with them though, because I think this is definitely a thin margin in the WordPress community, and one that we want to foster and help grow.
My first steps into WordPress happened the same year it was launched by co-founders Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little: 2003. I was 14 years old at the time, and I greatly admired Becca Wei, a well known WordPress theme creator at the time despite her later disappearance.
Chris Lema wrote a blog post. Surprising, I know. But there’s a particular one that I keep going back to and it has guided me for the past couple of years. It was January 2013. In the process of trying to rebuild my life I had made a decision to pursue computer programming of some sort.
The 1980s were a veritable playground for anyone who could gain access to what was quickly becoming one of the most coveted inventions of all time: the computer. No longer the size of a refrigerator, innovations from companies like Tandy, Commodore and Apple made personal computers a reality and, like so many others, I couldn’t get enough.
That’s what I think to myself most of the time. I’m constantly waiting for the day when the conversations get so deep that everyone realizes I’m an outsider. Who knows if that day is destined to come? It probably won’t. But that is how I think sometimes. I’ll tell you why.
It all started in 1999 in Bombay. A PC was considered a luxury; very few people had one and OS and Windows were synonyms. I was eighteen and a prolific poet, having fallen in love with poetry at a young impressionable age. Like all creators of any sort, I had a need to exhibit my work.
When Topher contacted me about HeroPress project, he didn’t sound confident about me. He asked what I am passionate about, and what I want (no, MUST) tell others. I thought – “I had a moment like that, let me tell him something”. Here I am. Let me tell you something.
We’ve spent the last weeks looking at everything we know and planned for HeroPress. Why we’re doing it, for whom, how, etc., and we’ve made some changes. Our original audience was WordPress developers and users struggling to interact across cultural and linguistic barriers between the stereotypical Western and non-Western worlds.
The other day I had the opportunity to chat with one of our speakers, Zé Fontainhas. I asked him about why he wanted to be a part of HeroPress.
HeroPress, a new product of XWP, will soon be releasing an exciting announcement for everyone within (or adjacent to) the WordPress community.