State of the Word
For the second year, State of the Word (SOTW) will be a small in-person event at the Tumblr offices in New York City on the afternoon of December 15 (1pm local time). Matt Mullenweg will deliver the annual address to a small in-person crowd, and the event will be live streamed over WordPress’ official social media streams. Meetups and other WordPress groups (businesses, etc.) are encouraged to have watch parties for their groups.
I will be attending in person again this year. If you’ll be there, say hello and let’s get a selfie to post on whatever social media we’re using. I’ll be tweeting using #SOTW.
CertifyWP, a new organization, will soon launch a WordPress credentialing process. The organization, which is in the process of seeking non-profit/501(c)3 status in the US, will be the first of its kind for WordPress credentials.
“Part of developing a credential for WordPress is establishing a baseline of skills for those entering the WordPress job market, including the US Department of Defense, which requires a credential for entry,” says Talisha Lewallen, CEO of WPConnects, and founder of CertifyWP. “The beauty of a credential like this is that it can benefit any company that is hiring in WordPress. Along with the benefits it will bring for WordPress users and contractors.”
The next step for establishing such a credential is twofold: having a team begin working on a standardized exam for becoming credentialed, and gathering letters of endorsement from those hiring in WordPress and for WordPress roles within the community. To contribute a letter of endorsement, visit https://certifywp.com/endorse-certifywp/ where you can view a sample letter and upload your completed endorsement.
(Full disclosure, I have joined the board of directors for this endeavor.)
Annual WordPress Survey
While there’s always a lot of conversation about WordPress and the future of WordPress, if you have an opinion about the open source project, here’s your annual opportunity to weigh in and have your opinion quantified with others. https://wordpress.org/news/2022/12/2022-wordpress-survey/
It’s a great opportunity to have your experiences count!
Post Status Membership Deal
In the spirit of Black Friday/Cyber Monday, Post Status is offering $100 off any annual membership through December 31. Why? Because we love you! Membership gets you into our Slack community, too!
Use discount code BFCM for your best Post Status membership deal ever!
In the Spotlight
Post Status member, Nathan Ingram. Nathan is the creator of MonsterContracts, battle-tested contracts for WordPress client work.
Podcast Episodes Worth a Listen
- WP Watercooler: EP437 – Funding the Dream with the WP Community Collective
- Kitchen Sink WP: Podcast E457 – The 2022 Holiday Gift Guide
- Do the Woo: Episode 300: The Hosts, My Heroes
- The Kadence Beat: Episode 20: The Kadence Community and Influence with Maestro Stevens
- Underrepresented in Tech: How to Be Inclusive with Holiday Marketing Messages