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Month: May 2014 (page 1 of 3)

Got a Story? Tell it Through Themes!


I’m sure you have a story to tell.

I remember moving out from my home country to a new one. When I left home, I just realize now that I left so many things behind. All those things that I kept for so long like my childhood collections, my journals, my art stuff… I guess that’s alright. “Those are just material things,” I said to myself. Material things can be replaced, but not my presence! How will I share all these crazy adventures if I am not physically ‘there’ with my family?

Have you ever felt like this? You thought of blogging and sharing something, but not sure how your message will come across?

I’m sure you have stories to tell when you come back. Time is long, but life is short. So why wait?

On a positive note, we live in a world where web access comes in handy. So here we have social media, e-mail and blogs and we can tell our family and friends about our mishaps, our great moments and adventures.

Introduce your story with themes.

From last 2013 WordCamp San Francisco, Ian Stewart shared an empowering talk on (What’s so Funny ‘Bout) Themes, Love and Understanding.

He said,

“It is the theme that tells your story.”

I guess all of us who are far from home, we should not be worried how we can begin sharing our lives, because telling our story with WordPress themes, your ‘presence’ can surely be felt.

Say Goodbye to Confusing Buttons!

Last 2013 WordCamp San Francisco, speaker Yuri Victor had a smashing lecture on ‘Why the Washington Post Uses WordPress’. 

This is surely one of my favorite talks last year, where he covered the reasons why they use WordPress and how their process create great products.

Having a personal experience in journalism for years, I agree to Yuri about all the confusing buttons and crazy formats. Most times, I had to go through long and rigorous trainings to learn hundreds of buttons. All these I had to endure before I can publish my article.

Yuri Victor shared his discussion in the past with various people about this formatting issue and we all have the same problem.

It’s time consuming to understand all these buttons when you have a deadline to finish.

There are also some reports that had to be posted immediately, especially when the news is still fresh… but how can we accomplish this with all these chaos?

When Yuri said that:


“we live in an imperfect world,”

I nodded my head while watching his lecture on my screen. Just take a look at WordPress’ neat format, layout and user-friendly buttons, and tell me if it doesn’t entice you to write more and share more.

It is true that there is nothing perfect on Earth, but life can be simple and WordPress makes all our lives easier.

Don’t say you’re just a user. You’re a WordPress USER!

Amy Hendrix is not just a user. She is a WordPress user just like you and me.

In 2013 WordCamp San Francisco, she had half an hour of talk on WordPress: It’s Made of People.

She started as a WordPress user then she became a developer, then theme reviewer, core contributor, you name it.

She recalled her experience in the past dealing with hundreds of themes to choose from until she thought of how to test all of these themes. She shared about this great Theme Unit Test, and we can all give it a try.

Remembering Matt Mullenweg’s words about WordPress he said, “WordPress is run by community-driven people who do stuff.” This is who we all are and this is what Amy Hendrix’s lecture is about – the people behind WordPress. It’s the whole lot of us!

Who are we?

Amy said we are not JUST users and being users is not a bad thing at all. We can be bloggers, engineers, tech writers, programmers, designers, etc. We all contribute to the world of WordPress no matter what our skills are. We are all important part of the WordPress community and we make it more solid with our own little ways.

She also discussed about design, accessibility, theme review, support and documentation and levelling up.

She encouraged us to use WordPress a lot to level up. In this way we can see WordPress in many different angles. You can ask questions.

Learn to make your own research and discover WordPress in your own way. Most of all, share your knowledge, blog about it and attend gatherings to give you better ideas.

To those who are still in the process of discovering WordPress, I am inviting all of you to come and share this wondrous WordPress adventure with us!

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