Monique Dubbelman

Coming Home

Contributor: Monique Dubbelman

When I was 17, I attended the school for graphical design and printing. I remember one time a teacher yelling at me: ‘With an attitude like that, you won’t get very far in life’. I don’t know why this pops into my mind at the very moment I started to writing this piece for HeroPress. …

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HeroPress at 100

March 8th we’ll have 100 HeroPress essays published. This seems like an auspicious time to look back at what we’ve built. Since the first one I’ve only missed maybe 2 weeks. One essay has been taken down for security reasons. Only once has anyone really stood me up, and only four times or so has …

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Thabo Tswana

WordPress Opened Up a Whole New World

Contributor: Thabo Tswana

Before WordPress Several years ago, I went through a tough time in my life. I lost my job and I was desperately in need of a career change. Because of the economic climate in Zimbabwe, I didn’t see many options, but I felt that IT held the most promising future. So I completed an A+ …

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Kasia Swiderska

A Sense Of True Freedom

Contributor: Kasia Świderska

It’s 7:30 in the morning in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The hostel’s cat just came to say “Good morning” and I just finished my night shift on the WPMU DEV forum. It’s my third day in Rio after spending the last 40 days in Bogota, Colombia. Traveling is in my blood or at least, it …

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Chris Ford

Not every hero wears a cape

Contributor: Chris Ford

I almost didn’t go to my first WordCamp I started working with WordPress in 2010. A client requested I use WordPress and a Revolution theme they’d purchased to build their new site. When I was done, I submitted it to the theme showcase, and Brian Gardner reached out to tell me how much he’d liked …

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Adam Soucie

Hitting Rock Bottom

Contributor: Adam Soucie

I’d never been to The Capital Grille. I’d been to nice steak houses before, but this felt like a big deal. At least it should have. I was too busy freaking out because my wife wasn’t responding to one of my texts. That’s when I knew I hit rock bottom. That mental illness had taken …

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Shiva Poudel

The Joy of Being with WordPress Community

Contributor: Shiva Poudel

When my friend Mahangu first recommended me to Topher to write an essay for HeroPress, I could not believe his words. Quite confused I asked Topher, he repeated the same ‘Share your story on HeroPress’. It was unbelievable yet a beautiful sentence that left me stunned with pride. HeroPress has been a place where I occasionally …

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Heather Acton

Screw the Blueprint. Design Your Own Path to Fulfillment.

Contributor: Heather Acton

Growing up, I bought into society’s notion of what made for a successful and rewarding life. For me, the blueprint for finding fulfillment looked something like this: Step 1. Get good grades in school. Step 2. Attend a nice college. Step 3. Land a secure job with an attractive salary and benefits. Step 4. Find …

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Emilie Lebrun

Living A Better Life Thanks To WordPress

Contributor: Emilie Lebrun

To me, as well as many others, WordPress is more than a technical choice, it’s a lifestyle choice. I didn’t see it as such right away. Looking at the last 4 years of my life, I can fully appreciate its impact. Aspiring to a life full of adventures and whimsy; I never really fit the …

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Barış Ünver

Blogging, Solopreneurship, & Terrorism

Contributor: Barış Ünver

This story involves me as a blogger, the Prime Minister, me again as a web developer, an Islamic cult attempting a coup d’état, and me again as a solopreneur. Oh, and WordPress. And ISIS. WordPress: My First Encounter In the beginning of 2006, everyone in Turkey was talking about blogs. It was the hot new thing …

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