Ozh of Planet Ozh has created the WordPress Bug Fixers Heat Map, a tag cloud of the volunteers and staff of Automattic who dedicate so much of their time and energy to making WordPress work and evolve.
I looked at this list and my throat started to close up. Tears welled. I wanted to reach through the screen to each name on this list, no matter how big or small, and hug them.
These are the people who make WordPress go. These are the people who give of their time, energy, money, and life to make WordPress the powerful tool it is.
Only a few names on this list are paid staff, and of those, they are employees only recently, haven proven their skills and work ethic as a volunteer, in some cases, for years.
The majority of these are volunteers. People who give of their creativity and coding skill to improve WordPress. Without compensation – okay, WordPress is improved which makes their blogging life easier as well as ours. In a way, that’s compensation enough for most of these people.
Ozh, thank you for creating this incredible list and for showing us the folks behind the curtain that give us the tools to keep sharing our words and thoughts with the world.
And thank you to everyone on the list. You are my stars. You are my heroes and heroines.
Without you, my daily struggle to share the little nothings that beg to be written down for the world to see would be a battle. You make my life easier. You make it fuller by helping me meet and greet folks from all over the world with my blog. You make it easier for me to stop trolls, bullies, spammers, and evil doers, making my online playground a safe place to play. You help me fix the dumb things I do when I write a post. You listen when I and others bitch and whine about this and that not working and you work to make it work and make it work better. You make it easier for me to help readers read my blog and find the information they need to help them blog, write, work, and live better.
We owe our blogging life to your hard work.
Copyright Lorelle VanFossen, member of the 9Rules Network, and author of Blogging Tips, What Bloggers Won't Tell You About Blogging.