Essays

Sheryle Gillihan

My journey to WordPress taught me that my talents are best used elsewhere.

Contributor: Sheryle Gillihan

My first website was built using Frontpage. Then I discovered Geocities, which at the time made it easy to break and fix code and have it instantly live for others to find on the world wide web. It was an optimal learning environment for me. I learned HTML and CSS by copying, pasting, and then …

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Bianca Welds

From the Outskirts to an Insider

Contributor: Bianca Welds

WordPress wasn’t the first blogging platform I tried. My very first blog was set up using Blogspot (now Blogger). I didn’t even know I wanted a blog to tell you the truth. But let me take a step back. I am a techie. A very “untechie” techie, but a techie nonetheless. I actually went to …

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Kim Parsell, WordCampt Dayton 2014

A Family Well Loved

Contributor: Kim Parsell

There are times when I hear a story from the WordPress community and I think “That’s a HeroPress story”, whether it has been or ever will actually be posted on the site. Some stories are just so great that you think “Wow, that’s just really great”. This week’s essay is one of those stories, but …

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Tara Claeys

Paying It Forward

Contributor: Tara Claeys

I have always embraced an entrepreneurial spirit. As a kid in the 1970’s, I tagged along with my parents to craft shows on the weekends where they made and sold hand-stamped leather belts to earn extra income and I made macrame necklaces and sold those too. When I was 14 I told my dad I …

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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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