By Tom

You have your own blog?

I love it when I see tweets like this show up in my timeline:

And it’s for multiple reasons, but I’ll get to those in a moment.

First, if you’re involved in WordPress in any capacity and you’re not following Nikhil, then he’s a solid recommendation. He’s representative of the type of developers and contributors that we need coming up to continue working on WordPress.

He’s smart, he gets things done, he shares his work, he’s constantly looking to learn, he’s constantly looking to help others, and he’s had the opportunity to intern at places like iThemes and Rocket Genius.

By the time he’s out of college, he’s going to have the education and experience to continue to do great things from the project (if he so chooses).

Though with all of that said, it doesn’t explain why I enjoy seeing tweets like this.

Ask “What Can I Do For WordPress?”

We know that WordPress can do a lot for a person (I’ve referenced this post before, but Chris covers it well), but given the nature of the project, it’s also important to ask what we can do for WordPress.

And the tweet above is a great example of that. There are so many things that we can do – but others have covered that, so I’m not going to do so. Instead, I wanted to follow-up with the programmer post from yesterday.

As far as I’m concerned, having other people contribute to the blogosphere with what they’re learning, building, struggling with, etc. when it comes to development is always a good topic – it doesn’t matter if it’s something that’s been covered before.

Oh, it is. Wonka. It. Is.

Sure, repetition has potential to be boring, but the thing is that we’re all going to bring a unique voice to our posts because we’re all unique in our writing. Although the code may be the same (or roughly the same), how we explain our thought process and how we arrived at the code that we did is helpful for other people to read.

Additionally, writing posts like that can be helpful for us as it may expose places where our thought process aren’t as great as they should be, and our approach could be improved – and that’s where comments come into play.

So if you’re like Nikhil and are looking to begin blogging – specifically around code – but aren’t sure how to make it unique among all of the other blogs that are doing the same thing, don’t worry about that.

Your voice will do that.

If you’re concerned about whether or not your work will help someone, it will because we’re all at different points along the development spectrum. And if you’re concerned as to if you’ll receive comments that negatively impact you, you might, but you’ll also get comments that help refine your skills, as well.

Blog about what you want in the best way that you know. Aim to do so for your own sake and for the sake of helping other people. Besides, we’re working on WordPress – the whole point of the software is to provide a foundation for blogging, anyway.

Ask Not “What Can WordPress Do For Me?” was written by Tom. Check out additional articles on the full blog at Tom McFarlin.

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