Often, we in the WordPress Community read blogs written on WordPress by people in the WordPress Community about …. well, WordPress. We read about the business aspect of WordPress, sometimes the ‘how’ of WordPress and other times there are posts to read about the community in and around WordPress.
Since I am relatively new to WordPress I read as much as I can. I have discovered that I love to code … I mean, I really love it. What does someone new to WordPress and coding do to figure things out? Why, read of course! I’m a regular reader of Tom McFarlin’s blog, Post Status by Brian Krosgrard, Pippin Williamson’s Plugin Tutorial Site and many others. I search Google and the Codex to find answers. I’ll often deconstruct both themes and plugins in my quest to figure out how things are done. Once I’ve set my mind to something I’m relentless.
Through all this, I’ve met the ‘people of WordPress’. Some in person but many only virtually (although the connection is no less real.)
The experiences have been both good and bad, but the good far outweigh the bad…by a long shot. People have been kind, they’ve shared knowledge and ability and I’ve grown along the way. I now find myself in a place to do the same and it’s a great feeling. Sure there have been the occasional ‘doing_it_wrong()‘ comments, but I’ve learned from those too
I was recently talking to one of my new WordPress friends, Carrie Dils when all of this came up; people, connections, reaching out. She even wrote a post about it, Reach Out.
Her post made me think about my favorite plugin, Posts 2 Posts by Scribu. Seriously, it is the coolest thing ever for a new developer. I read the documentation, I do what it says…boom, it works! Posts in one category are suddenly ‘talking’ to posts in another. I can even coerce the posts from one post_type to ‘talk’ to another post_type. I can tell that the plugin will do a lot more than I understand now … custom taxonomy’s, oy! But the point is it has enough for everyone.
That plugin kind of reminds me of people and relationships. It is probably a cheesy metaphor, but we are connected … and, all at different levels. The
code that connects us can come in many forms, but the constant is WordPress. Ten years into it and WordPress is stronger than ever. That can be attributed to the fact that Matt has stayed true to the vision he has had for WordPress from the beginning, often in the face of criticism. (You can read about more about that here and here.)
So, these thoughts, and as a result this post, were born out of a conversation with my new WordPress friend. It is my way of saying to her, and to everyone else …. that I see and appreciate the community that has welcomed me in.