This week Dan and I talked with Post Status member Lesley Sim of Newsletter Glue about refining our tedious and time-consuming newsletter workflow here. (I’ve been doing it for the last couple of weeks and it’s a bear!)
In order to be productive, happy, and healthy, we often define our lives in terms of space: physical space, emotional space, and time.
WordPress is an amazing community, but if you’ve been in it for long, it can be a bit rough too. We are one big messy family. For the overwhelming majority of my time in it, I’ve found the most incredible people. But sometimes it can feel brutal if you let it. Last week, I talked…
Professionally, if I named one key element to my success it would be my relationships. I can trace every “big” or “successful” thing I’ve done to mutually generous healthy friendships. That’s also the key to Post Status being what it is — it’s all about the relationships that form and strengthen there as we give…
We are hosting Two Weekly Post Status Member Huddles now. Huddles open time and space for our community of peers designed for camaraderie and connection for all WordPress Professionals, even if you’re not a member yet.
Today Cory took the lead on the Post Status newsletter release and joined Dan in co-authoring the introduction to it, which we usually share here. Some thoughts on newsletter integration, Newsletter Glue, Newspack, and the challenges facing plugin owners at WordPress.org in trying to determine the true size of their potential customer base.
Can WordPress’s heavy reliance on volunteerism be offset or better supported by those most able to subsidize the work of others and their access to events? Do the largest WordCamps serve well, in their current form, as signature industry events that developers, product owners, and investors outside WordPress can recognize as such? Can the upper, middle, and lower markets within the WordPress ecosystem find mutual benefit through the things they share in common?
Coming soon: the Post Status Index, an EMEA Huddle requested by our European members, and my talk about the importance of taking time off. Also, our door is always open for members of Underrepresented in Tech and anyone who finds the cost of membership a barrier to joining us. If you work professionally in WordPress or want to, we want you here!
In the past, I often thought how cool it would be to take time off, but I never got serious about actually taking a sabbatical. There always seemed to be a fire I had to put out, or something else to worry about, or some other excuse that pushed it away as a distant dream.
Conversation is good. Open discourse is good. Action is better.
Misogyny is alive and well in WordPress, but it doesn’t have to be. If we work together, we can make it an even safer space for all.
Deeper, thoughtful insight and analysis make slower work and harder to come by. I hope to model it once in a while, and we’ve got more in the bin. We want to invite especially our business members to submit story ideas, questions, sources, and articles for publication at Post Status.
High-level spats in the WordPress business ecosystem are a reality, but on Twitter, they become low-level competitive exchanges. Maybe they could be moved into more private conversations without character limits if the goal is to resolve conflicts rather than intensify them.
As I return this week officially to Post Status, I return to a lot of conversation in our space. Nothing new. Part of the beauty and excellence of WordPress is healthy, productive, constructive discourse.
As many people already know, I am transitioning away from Post Status to focus on a new opportunity within the WordPress space. It should go without saying that I will be just as involved in the community as I’ve ever been. It’s important that there are stages where people can have the important conversations, and I firmly believe that Post Status will continue to be a fine home for the discussions (both positive and critical) that need to happen.
This is an exciting opportunity to bring people into the WordPress community who have great skillsets and experience relevant to every role in our industry.
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