Essays

Marcel Bootsman

WordPress made me walk 700km to Berlin

Contributor: Marcel Bootsman

Since the year 2000 I was employed at a big IT hardware/software/services firm. After about 9 years I was not feeling quite happy about how things went. Let’s say that the plans the company had with me did not really line up with the monthly reward. So, I quit and started my own company, nostromo.nl …

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Jill Binder

Accidental Activist

Contributor: Jill Binder

I never meant to become an activist. I swear. It was an accident. And yet here I am, celebrating my one year anniversary of leading the Diversity Outreach Speaker Training working group in the WordPress Community team. We are causing waves in the number of women and other underrepresented groups who are stepping up to …

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JC Palmes

There Are No Shortcuts

Contributor: JC Palmes

My name is JC and I make things for the web. I wear a lot of hats but my favorite one is as a WordPress developer. And I am here to tell you about my journey. It was not easy. There were no shortcuts. I had to crawl my way up every single step of …

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Ahmed Khalifa

The Deaf World May Await, But It’s Not Silent

Contributor: Ahmed Khalifa

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if the world you lived in completely changed, turning your life upside down? And for those who have gone through an experience like this, can you remember how it felt to wake up in a world you were not used to? Even though life can throw …

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Cami Kaos

Begin at the Beginning

Contributor: Cami Kaos

With this story, as with most things in my life, I never really know where to start. Because of that strange sense of time and action I’ve always been quite fond of the quote from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland “Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end: then stop.” …

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Aaron Jorbin

Coding under trees and in 24 hour coffee shops

Contributor: Aaron Jorbin

People were paying me to write code two years before I had wifi in my house. Home wifi would have cost $45 a month. The cable company wanted a $100 deposit to create my account. It wasn’t going to happen, I could get wifi with a cup of coffee for $3 (including the tip) at …

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Zipal Patel

Work is not just about Money

Contributor: Zipal Patel

Settle in, because you are about to read some worst and some even worst experiences that I have had in my life and yet how I am still pulling myself together. Before we get into it, I am going to tell you something about me. I am Libertarian, otaku. I LOVE to play with words. …

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Pravin Parmar

Childhood to WordPress

Contributor: Pravin Parmar

આ નિબંધ ગુજરાતીમાં પણ ઉપલબ્ધ છે First of all, I want to say thank you to HeroPress for reaching out and letting so many people share their stories. I am a follower of HeroPress and read new stories every week! A few months ago my cousin Chetan Prajapati published a WordPress story, and I was inspired by …

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Cathi Bosco

The Year I Got Cancer Was The Year My WordPress Business Took Off

Contributor: Cathi Bosco

In 2010 I was beginning to take on client work creating WordPress web sites when I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Ironically, at 43 years old I was more fit and healthy than I had ever been in my entire life. I had been running road marathons and trail ultra marathons for a few years …

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Katie Keith

Building A New Life

Contributor: Katie Keith

This is the story of how I co-founded Barn2 Media with my husband Andy, and scaled it from a startup to one of the UK’s best known WordPress agencies – all while working part-time. I’ll tell you about the challenges I faced in building a WordPress business that is compatible with a good work-life balance. …

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