For the last year and a half, I’ve been teaching everything I know to the WordPress community. This hasn’t been easy to do and it’s been quite a journey so far! That’s why I wanted to share my current beginners experiences.
My hope is that it might inspire others to also start teaching themselves. It’s a great way to improve your career while strengthening the WordPress community. WordCamp Miami organizers also shared my enthusiasm for sharing this.
They invited me to speak about it to BuddyPress developers at WordCamp Miami 2016. This is the companion article that I wrote for it. If you’re just looking for the slides, just click here.
Take a moment to think about who you trust online. What do they have in common? There’s a good chance that they thought you something valuable.
Some of the biggest names in the WordPress community share their knowledge on a regular basis. They write on their blogs, speak at WordCamps and so on. That’s how you remember them and it’s also why you trust them. That trust that you have in them can translate to different things.
The most common outcome is that you might buy a product that they sell. That’s because they educated you about the problem it solves. Now that you know more about it, you want a solution for it.
This also applies to open source projects. They taught you about the problem that their project solves. But, in the process, they also demonstrated their technical ability to solve it. The result is that you might decide to use their project over someone else’s.
You might want to hire them to work on a project or for your company. Through their teaching, you have a better idea of what they can bring to you and your team. Their teaching material also gives you an opportunity to look at the quality of their work. In the end, you’re not trying to hire an unknown quantity.
These are just some of the benefits that come from teaching you something valuable. And the good news is that you can do that too! You have valuable insights that you can share with others.
But teaching isn’t without its own set of obstacles. Today, we’re going to focus on the ones that you’ll face as you begin your teaching journey. We’ll look at what they are and how you can overcome them.
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