Category: Essays

Pull quote: WordPress has given me much more than just a job. It has given me back my pride, my strength, a social life.

Freedom to Parent

In any post about how WordPress changes lives the word Freedom invariably comes up. Freedom to be yourself, to travel, to grow, learn, even age. This week’s replay is about the freedom to parent. Ines was a young single mother without advanced education during an economic downturn. Things seemed bleak. Through her own hard work …

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Pull quote: If you didn’t fail, you probably haven’t *truly* succeeded yet.

Succeeding in Egypt

This week’s HeroPress rewind is by Shady Sharaf from Cairo, Egypt. Shady is really the kind of person I had in mind when I started HeroPress: talented and smart, but isolated. The WordPress community is relatively small in Cairo, given the number of people that live there. So he leans on the international community for …

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Pull Quote: I'd rather solve the right problem with code that has room for improvement, than solve the wrong problem with perfect code.

Second Careers

I’m always fascinated by people who find second careers when they’re at the top of their game in the first one. To be really excellent at something and then switch to something else altogether is fascinating to see. Very often those people bubble to the top of whatever career they venture into. This week’s HeroPress …

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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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