Essays

Sam Smith

Firefighter to Web Developer

Contributor: Sam Smith

I’m jolted awake to the sound of the tones going off in my room. I knew that I hadn’t been asleep long because we’d already run a late call and it was still dark outside. Running to the truck, I hear the address come out over the radio for a medical call. It’s the third …

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Anh Tran

Growing a WordPress business in Vietnam

Contributor: Anh Tran

Xem nội dung tiếng Việt ở dưới. It’s been 13 years since I first knew WordPress. Thinking of it, I found it to be one of the most fortunate things I had in my career and life. I can do what I love, can make money to support myself, my family and have many good …

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Anita Carter

Sometimes bad things that happen to you are good things in disguise

Contributor: Anita Carter

My Mom used to say that things you remember from your past the most are things that had an impact on who you are today. Negative or positive, they affected you in a way that helped create the person you are. The Early Days Her father said to her, “Jean, you are always welcome but …

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Miriam Schwab

Work Life “Balance” With WordPress

Contributor: Miriam Schwab

I always knew I wanted to have a career, and I also knew I wanted a family. As my family grew, I realized that a typical job where you have to show up at an office every day didn’t work with the dynamic and unpredictable nature of kids. I didn’t understand why being at a …

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Amena Mabrouk

How WordPress Changed My Life

Contributor: Amena Mabrouk

هذا المقال متاح باللغة العربية I’m about to get real! Vulnerable! Transparent! & guess what…I don’t give a fuck! So buckle up boys…you’re about to go for a ride! Escape June 2014 when I decided to leave my life I’ve lived with my husband for thirteen years, left everything behind. My community I always knew, …

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Sarah Williams

Know That You Are Not Alone

Contributor: Sarah Williams

I remember when I was about 10 years and my mom got our first ever computer. She went to the store and got a bunch of CD’s which I was hyped about because I knew some of them were games. She gave me a yellow box that had “Microsoft FrontPage” on the front and said, …

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Collins Agbonghama

WordPress Saved My Life

Contributor: Collins Agbonghama

This probably is the first time I will be telling my story because I have always lived a fairly secret live. I am from Nigeria where I was born and still live in. I know we are all stereotyped as scammers and thieves but trust me, a lot of us own and operate legit (online) …

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Kimberly Lipari

YOU Make The Difference

Contributor: Kimberly Lipari

“A place is only as good as the people you know in it. It’s the people that make the place.” ― Pittacus Lore, I Am Number Four This quote is a large part of the space WordPress holds within me. Coming from a career in Civil Engineering and a background of Industrial Technology WordPress as …

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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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