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So today, I stand before you to talk about how we can come together to make WordPress better. I will also address something that we have been missing in our WordCamps here in Nepal. I’ll be talking about today is Contribution.
WordPress has come a long way since 2003. It was Born as a blogging Platform. Then, it transitioned into Content Management System, E-Commerce to the world’s favorite web open source application that it is today. It is turning 14 next Saturday on 27th May.
Happy Birthday to WordPress in advance.
For a software to survive longer than a decade is rare. But, like I mentioned earlier, it’s turning 14 soon. WordPress has not only managed to stand the test of time but also grown bigger and better. So, what is the secret to the longevity of WordPress?
It is WordPressers like you and me. People who have worked tirelessly so that WordPress can keep on surviving and growing. I don’t think WordPress would be in the position it is in now without our dedication and contribution.
Basically, contribution is the act of giving back. So, what you do is you give back to WordPress for all the things you’ve learned and gained from it.
Normally when I talk to people, and ask them about contributing, they have this notion that contribution has to be big and sophisticated. Which is completely false. You don’t need to be the Batman of WordPress to give back.
It is relatively easy if you just give back what you know and feel comfortable with. What’s important is that you select the right team to contribute to. I suggest you to try getting involved in more than one team. That will give you an opportunity to learn outside of your expertise, and also, break the monotony of being in a single team.
Now let’s move on to the main reason I am speaking here today – Contributor Day. As the name suggests, it is a day of contribution, contribution to WordPress. These days, most WordCamps across the world are multiple-day events. At least one day, usually the last, is set aside as a contributor day. It’s a great time to learn, talk, discuss WordPress, and contribute back to it. It provides a special opportunity to work together with new and experienced contributors in the community. In that day, you learn how WordPress is made and help make WordPress better. You get to put to practice the things that you have learned. Everyone is welcome and you can contribute regardless of your skill level. You don’t need to be an expert. Even if you know very little, you can always participate. If you’ve never contributed before, this is also a perfect time to get started.
This is what WordCamp Kathmandu has been missing out on – the opportunity to learn, share, and grow. The main WordCamp event is like a usual conference, it’s all about presentations and workshops. So now, it is with utmost joy that I share with you the great news. WordCamp Kathmandu will be having its own Contributor day starting next year that is WCKTM 2018.