Essays

How The WordPress Community Helped Me Face My Fears And Do It Anyway

How The WordPress Community Helped Me Face My Fears And Do It Anyway

Your comfort zone is a muscle. If you don’t stretch it, it will shrink. It still feels unreal. Two days ago, I was standing on a stage, sharing my expertise. And not just any stage. One of the stages of WordCamp Europe 2019 in Berlin. A conference with over 3200 registrants, over 2700 attendees. A…

My “Hero’s Journey” Through the Dark Underworld of WordPress Hosting

My “Hero’s Journey” Through the Dark Underworld of WordPress Hosting

The following is an expanded and updated version of my presentation at WordCamp Salt Lake City 2017. My girls love Moana. Especially when it first came to video and they could watch it every day… or two or three times a day if mom wasn’t feeling good or catching up on sleep from being up…

Ugyen’s Roadmap to WordPress Contributions

Ugyen’s Roadmap to WordPress Contributions

འབྲི་རྩོམ་འདི་རྫོང་ཁ་ན་ལུ་ཡ་ཡོདཔ་ཨིན། Ugyen Dorji is from Bhutan, the landlocked country situated between two giant neighbors, India to the south and China to the north. Ugyen works for ServMask Inc and is responsible for the robust Quality Assurance process for All-in-One WP Migration plugin. He believes in the Buddhist teaching that “the most valuable service is one…

I Found My Tribe

I Found My Tribe

When I was a kid not a single girl said “I want to be a web designer when I grow up”. Mostly because there was no world wide web. There weren’t video games either, until I was in junior high school and Pong came out. Back when I was a kid, girls mostly thought about…

WordPress is My Identity

WordPress is My Identity

I was born and brought up in the under-developed city of ​Layyah​, which is situated in Southern Punjab and surrounded by desert and the river ​Sindh​. I graduated from college in my hometown with pretty much regular grades. Went through some hard times when I was in university. It was also difficult for me to…