“I came for the software and stayed for the community.” In this episode of our series Why we love WordPress, I’ll show you what’s behind the software we love. Software isn’t writing itself (yet), and behind WordPress is a great number of volunteer teams working on the software and everything around it. These people are […]Read: "The welcoming community of WordPress"
Ok. So how did I get here?
Back in 2013, I ran into this company that was looking for a junior developer. “Hire for talent, train for skill”, they said. Being a Computer Sciences student, I knew I didn’t have any skill yet, so I applied. And, much to my own surprise, was hired. And that’s how my adventure at Yoast started.
And an adventure it was, when just weeks later, Joost (the founder of Yoast) sent me to my very first WordCamp: WordCamp Europe in Leiden. On the first day, it was overwhelming, but over the course of three days, I made a ton of new friends. My love for the WordPress community was instant. These Open Source people were so extremely welcoming! Fortunately, I got to attend more WordPress events. And the more WordCamps and meetups I attended, the more I enjoyed it. Naturally, the next step was joining an organizing team…
Meanwhile at Yoast, I switched from being a developer (remember that talent part.. yeah.. not it.) to providing customer support. As the adoption of our plugins grew quickly, I soon needed help and not long after I found myself managing our growing international support team.
And then, early 2020 and in the midst of a global pandemic, I was asked to take a next step. I left my position as Manager Customer Support and became community manager. And that’s opened a whole new world…
There’s so much more I want to tell you. Because thanks to Yoast, I’ve learned more about myself, the world, Open source in general and WordPress in particular than I ever imagined I would. But let’s save all of these stories for a better place and time.
I hope to meet you soon, so we can exchange stories while in good company at one of the amazing volunteer-organized open source events. And in the meantime, please do feel invited to reach out on Twitter or the WordPress Slack.