Author: Topher DeRosia

Pull Quote: I hope and pray that in some small way I'll be able to take what I've learned and make an impact for others.

Growing Up Rural

This week’s throwback essay is titled “I don’t know anything, and that’s ok“. It was written back in 2015 by my friend Kyle. He and I grew up in similar circumstances; far from a hub of civilization, in a relatively economically depressed area, without the best education opportunities. Yet he and I both managed to …

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Pull Quote: Be a pillar of support for your community.

Keeping Community Alive

In the last year or so I’ve been a lot more involved with the business side of WordPress than the community side. The business side isn’t nearly as loving and supportive as the community side, and some of that is out of necessity. Business is business, and people need to eat. The problem comes when …

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Changes Coming To HeroPress

Over the last few months, I’ve been having some deep talks with my HeroPress partner about what the future of HeroPress looks like. We came up with some changes that feel deeply satisfying. Changes we think should help HeroPress, help readers, and help us as content producers. So here we go. Financial Changes At various …

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A New Sponsor: rtCamp

This last week you may have noticed a new sponsor for the essay. rtCamp is testing a new model for me, sponsoring a single essay, as opposed to the recurring model we’ve been using. It worked well enough that we have a different sponsor already for next week, which I’ll introduce then. rtCamp has been …

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HeroPress Logo laid over icons of contributors

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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