As a distributed worker, one of the toughest obstacles I face is burnout. It’s one of the reasons I took a month off from all things WordPress. According to Merriam-Webster, burnout is, “the condition of someone who has become very physically and emotionally tired after doing a difficult job for (more…)
If you don’t consider yourself a developer and want to contribute to WordPress core, Hugh Lashbrooke’s guide offers a few different techniques. The guide explains how and where to provide feedback and how important it is to beta test new features. Over the years, I’ve used WP Tavern to advocate (more…)
Matt Mullenweg made waves this past weekend during his Q&A session at WordCamp Europe when he strongly advocated the importance of companies contributing back to WordPress. He offered a rule of thumb for companies that benefit from the software and want to invest in the future of WordPress: I think (more…)
Nine years ago, John Blackbourn was stocking shelves at a supermarket 40 hours per week and returning home to do another 20 hours of freelance work on the side. His journey with WordPress started much like many others, when his first patch was accepted seven years ago. This past weekend (more…)
In the WordPress 3.9 development chat that was held on Wednesday, January 15th, a number of topics were discussed ranging from features that people are working on to announcing the date for the release of WordPress 3.9. One of the most interesting topics, however, centered around first time contributors using trac (more…)
Automattic employee Isaac Keyet published an interesting tweet yesterday that showed off a WordPress.com Trophy case that was custom made. The trophy case displays all of your achievements on WordPress.com and looks like the following. I find this to be particularly interesting because I remember Toni Schneider saying in a (more…)
Siobhan McKeown has published what many in the community are calling the most thorough, researched, guide on contributing to WordPress. Articles like these pop up from time to time because the WordPress project is ever-evolving. Just a few years ago, contributing to the WordPress project outside of writing code was (more…)
Terry Sutton shares his experience on contributing to WordPress 3.5. I wonder how many other newcomers to WordPress feel the same way or have gone through the same struggles as Terry. Hopefully, most of his issues along with everyone else’s will be addressed in the Core Contributors handbook.