I first read about Matt Mullenweg’s statement about companies contributing five percent of their people to working on the WordPress core on WPTavern. I then read Matt’s post on his ma.tt site. This is a great concept!
What about small companies? What about people like myself who have no programming skills or experience?
Well, Johnny, I am glad you asked!
We can still contribute five percent!
Think about it. People can volunteer or speak at Meet Ups and WordCamps. Take a look at http://codex.wordpress.org or https://make.wordpress.org and see if there is an area that you might have an interest in.
I am a big believer in giving back. If I am involved in something and I am getting value from that association, I feel an obligation to give back in some way. I am able to spend two or three hours in the early morning moderating videos at WordPress.tv. This has been a good experience and I have meet some great people. I am able to watch/moderate WordCamp videos from all over the world.
I have been lucky enough to attend four WordCamps this year – Dayton, North Canton, Columbus and Ann Arbor. Dayton and Ann Arbor were first time WordCamps. Each one was great and well worth the time and expense to attend.
Two tweets that were made during these WordCamps struck home for me.
These tweets (and many others) pretty much sum up what WordPress and WordCamps are about.