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Accepting Donations

Over the years people have occasionally said, “You should have a donation form; I’d like to help support HeroPress”. Recently a particularly deep conversation convinced me that allowing people to take part financially is a different, broader way for others to contribute to HeroPress. Since HeroPress doesn’t exist without its contributors, I consulted them first …

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Rodica Andronache

Be Brave and Trust Yourself

Contributor: Rodica Andronache

Beginnings I was born into a working-class family in Targoviste, a small town in Romania situated around 50 miles from the capital, Bucharest. My childhood was a normal one, mostly happy but marked negatively by the frequent conflicts between my parents. Growing up, they didn’t have much to offer to me and my brother. They …

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Tracy Apps

Queer Woman In Tech … In A Bowtie

Contributor: Tracy Apps

Did you know there are still several states in the US where employers can fire me for being gay? Legislation and protections have improved in the past several years, but there are still large gaps throughout the United States for queer and trans people. In addition, I hear horror stories of toxic workplaces that my …

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Catalina Alvarez

WordPress Research Behind The Scenes

Contributor: Catalina Alvarez

When I moved from Bogota (Colombia) to Paris I did a degree in translation and found myself, years later, working for one of the most important publishers specializing in research. But my dream since I left Colombia was to study Psychology. After about two years, I quit my job and went back to college. It …

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Carolina Nymark

Challenge Gladly Accepted

Contributor: Carolina Nymark

I grew up in a suburb to Stockholm, where me and my brothers would wrestle over who was allowed to use our first PC. I think it was a pre-owned old beaten Compaq Deskpro 386. We only stopped arguing once we could sit down together and play Civ; one of us at the controls, the …

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Christie Chirinos

What I Do Does Not Define Who I Am

Contributor: Christie Chirinos

The first time I ever made a WordPress site, I got 180,000 views in 2 days, 253 comments, and (give or take) 7 death threats. It was 2014 and I was working on an MBA at Florida State University during the peak of the Jameis Winston controversy, where a football quarterback was accused of rape …

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Wendie Huis in ‘t Veld

Making My Own Normal

Contributor: Wendie Huis in ‘t Veld

As long as I can remember being normal was my only goal in life. If only I could be normal, then everything would be alright. There was not a lot wrong in my life when I was a kid, growing up in a small dutch town. I had a normal family with 2 parents (a …

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Damian Samolej

Crafting the Life You Want

Contributor: Damian Samolej

I grew up in a small country town in Poland, where life was pretty simple. People would know all the neighbors, they would pay each other visits every week to talk about what’s been going on in the community and to have a beer or two. It all seemed great until the moment when I …

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M Asif Rahman

Retiring Young From Bangladesh, Thanks To WordPress

Contributor: M Asif Rahman

When you are reading this, I am very near to celebrate my 33rd Birthday. I don’t know how this number ’33’ sounds to you, but in some ways, I feel it’s a big number. I know many of you would argue that 33 is not an age to be considered old. In this article I …

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