This week: WordPress and Headless, the analysis of Black Friday, Surge plugin, Block Patterns, and many more.
Jonathan is an open-source developer and writer living in Cape Town, South Africa with his wife and two sons. He still remembers how his first contribution to open source was never actually accepted, but the bug bit, and he’s been doing his best to give back ever since.
He works at Delicious Brains as a Senior Technical Writer, where his days are filled with preparing content to help other developers do their best work.
As a fully-abled, cis, caucasian male in the tech space, I am keenly aware of my privilege. And one of the things that I love so much about the WordPress community (and one of the main reasons I stick around) is that almost everyone does their best to be open, inclusive, and welcome to diversity.
That’s not to say it’s perfect, nor that it can’t be improved upon, we can always learn and grow and do our best to see things from someone else’s perspective. But more and more I see people doing great things to help the rest of us be more aware of the importance of diversity, inclusion, and accessibility.
Jill Binder recently posted an enlightening article on why diversity is important both to WordPress and our local communities. Jill has been running diversity workshops for WordCamps for a number of years now, with the aim of assisting more diverse speakers feeling comfortable to apply to speak at WordCamps, and this article is a great introduction to the benefits of thinking about being inclusive at your local events.
Allie Nimmons and Michelle Frechette are both WordPress users and contributors, but they also run Underrepresented In Tech, a site “designed and built with the goal of demystifying diversity”. Between then Allie and Michelle bring a unique perspective to diversity and inclusion. In their latest podcast episode they interview Josepha Haden, the executive director of WordPress, about first-generation WP users, going back to basics, diversity, inclusion, and all things related to making WordPress better.
Speaking of Michelle, she also shared her experiences as a handicapped person attending events, and it’s a stark reminder of the simple things able-bodied folks take for granted. Always looking for the positive in things, Michelle covers some of the minimum requirements for accessibility, which is a great guide if you’re planning in-person events that you want to make accessible to all.