If you step out, keep the door cracked

WordPress is an amazing community, but if youโ€™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, Iโ€™ve found the most incredible people. But sometimes it can feel brutal if you let it.

Last week, I talked to a long-time WordPress community leader, and they mentioned they were ready to move on to other things. Itโ€™s something I hear often from professionals taking new jobs: โ€œIโ€™m not doing WordPress anymore.โ€ And from other friends too over the years.

Frankly, I thought I was done too once (or maybe a dozen times), but I never say goodbye to friends, and donโ€™t ever want them to think that I will. So I always keep the door open. As I said in 2019, โ€œIโ€™ll be a WordPress user and cheerleader for life.โ€ Only to come back to the business a year later.

Professionally, if I named one key element of my success it would be my relationships. I can trace every โ€œbigโ€ or โ€œsuccessfulโ€ thing Iโ€™ve done to mutually generous healthy friendships.

So take your time and space away. Whatever you need. Just donโ€™t slam the door shut in a moment of exhaustion or exasperation. And be sure not to slam it ON those incredible people who remain.

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