Thanks to my mother; she has always supported me, without her I would not be here.

The Joy of Giving Back

I was born and brought up in a very small town called Patiyali. Patiyali is on the banks of the river Ganga. It is in India’s most populous state, Uttar Pradesh. Patiyali was laid back and idyllic, with no real opportunities in IT or computers. My father never wanted me to go for IT Job because I wouldn’t get chance to work near my town. He preferred I live closer home.

My mother supported me and somehow she convinced my father to let me follow my dreams. Thanks to my mother; she has always supported me, without her I would not be here.

In my college there was choice between Dot Net and Java, I choose Java. I have always been fan of Open Source. I loved Java, I had also started my blog on Java in my college time. After completing my MCA I had joined my first Job as a Java Developer. I did it for 1.5 years.

I never wanted to quit my job as Java Developer, but I had to because of my sister health issues. Doctors said she would not survive, it was very critical time.

How I got into WordPress (Hello WordPress!)

Unemployed for 6 months, Java was still on my mind. I could not get any Job. Meantime I had started teaching. I was hopeless, I thought I would never get a chance to work in any IT company again. Then a friend, Ankit, who worked in rtCamp, a company based in Pune told me to look up WordPress and asked me to apply for a QA opening. That lucky day I got call from rtCamp and cleared my interview. Now the challenge was to convince my parents to allow me to go Pune. Pune is in Maharashtra, almost 1000 miles away from my hometown.

My parents are from a smaller town, they were worried about me living alone in a big city. It was a challenge to convince them to let go.

Some things they worried about:

  • Place to stay: It was too tough to find a place when I had no one in Pune.
  • Female Count: My mother was most worried about female count. rtCamp had only two female employees including me. (now they have 7)

Before my first day, my father and I went to rtCamp’s address and looked up the office. Convinced the neighborhood where it was located was semi-residential and safe, he felt much better about Pune.

But WordPress is just a blogging platform

Before joining rtCamp I had known WordPress as only a blogging platform. My friends who worked in MNCs usually dismissed it as a blogging platform that could create only static sites at best. I did not have a very different opinion than my friends.

Working in rtCamp was fun. I made friends but to be honest I did not find WordPress very interesting for the first six months in the beginning.

WordPress community called out to me

Then I saw my colleagues involved in the WordPress community as Core contributors and in many other ways. I saw how my company was encouraging people to get involved in community.

That encouraged me to get involved in with make.WordPress.org. I highly recommend you do that too.

First Contribution Core Patch

My first contribution was a small patch in the core. I was helped by colleagues and when it was accepted I was thrilled. Now something I did was on millions of websites. It might be a small line or two but still it was on millions of websites.

In September 2015, I took part in WordCamp Pune. It was my first WordCamp. I met so many wonderful people; Topher, Mahangu, Raghavendra Satish Peri, I got to learn so many new things from them.

I try to contribute (Giving back to community) in every possible way, by giving support, translating, Review themes, and documentation.

Theme Review

Theme review was the challenge for me as I had no idea about WordPress development so I thought to learn by seeing other people’s code. It was challenge for me because I am QA (non- WordPress Developer), other people assume that we can not get involved in any code related activity. I learned a lot by reviewing themes, every day I review a theme I learn so many new things. The theme review team is wonderful, there are so many wonderful people like Kevin Archibald, Carolina Nymark, Jon, Nilambar, who are ready to help you always. I am happy to be part of theme review team.

I love WordPress, it’s wonderful, it has wonderful community.

Why do I love being part of WordPress?

Recognition.

I have always been crazy for being known for something. In college time when I used to get likes for my blog post or any comment, I used to feel like……wow, I can not even express that feeling in words. So that feeling WordPress gives me every time I gets mention in any WP.org posts. It gives me recognition.

https://make.wordpress.org/themes/2016/06/28/thank-you-reviewers-2/
https://make.wordpress.org/docs/2016/07/12/summary-for-helphub-meeting-12-july/
http://make.wordpress.org/core/2015/09/21/week-in-core-sept-13-21-2015/
https://wordpress.org/news/2016/02/contributor-weekend-one-hour-video/

A Thank You Note

All this wonderful adventure would not have been possible without someone back in Patiyali, who stood up for me and encouraged me to follow my dreams. My mother.

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35 comments

  1. Rahul Bansal says:

    Thanks for sharing your story and making rtCamp proud! 🙂

    I hope your work will encourage more women to join open-source and WordPress. I hope eventually it will improve gender ratio in tech space and at rtCamp also. 🙂

  2. Ankur Goyal says:

    This is a great achiement and must be appreciated , I came to know about your journey so far by reading this blog only ,As a friend I know that you love to accept challenges and your passion in Java , so keep it up and get on the top of success..
    Best of luck for your future endeavors..

  3. Neha says:

    Gre8 my lil one…luv u

    God bless u….
    But i was missing my name? bcoz i was d one who convc ur mother to send u pune….???

    Just kidding
    Gud luck
    Much luv❤❤
    Ur di?

    • Juhi Saxena says:

      Thanks Ulrich for reading my story. It’s always my pleasure to work with people like you and to contribute in WordPress community 🙂

  4. Thanks to WordPress community and to you. People like you have made person like us – who have no knowledge of computer language – to create attractive websites. Keep up the good work and wish you all the best. Thanks.

  5. Nice story, and glad you have found recognition in participating in WordPress Core. That is certainly helpful to all of us. 🙂

    I would like to add you might find a source of income in helping others with Java challenges. Your extensive experience could probably be helpful for numerous online businesses who may have problems with webshops or other types of online software. Also, I am thinking banks use Java as part of online banking, so maybe there IS an opportunity you just haven’t seen before.

    Best of luck, Juhi

  6. Ahmad Awais says:

    Hey, Juhi!
    Thanks for sharing your story. We need more people like you in the South-Asian countries to help promote open source pro culture. Nice read!

  7. Saurabh Srivastava says:

    Hey Juhi,

    Your achievements and efforts must be appreciated, Always Do your Best..!!
    Never Forget: If you dream it, you can definitely do it..!!

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