Ya. Most people know I was a teacher. So I can definitely write a  curriculum — at the very least a lesson plan. But what does this have to do with WordPress?

  1. As you know, I launched my first two WordPress web properties in April of 2015.
  2. In May of 2015 I began testing plugins and writing for WordImpress.
  3. In October of 2015, Jason Tucker invited me to co-host WPblab, a WordPress show.
  4. In December of 2015, I was hired as the Marketing Manager of WordImpress.

So, things moved progressively, but quickly in 2015 for me.

But now, WordPress is an essential part my job and still is my hobby (this blog). So, clearly, I can’t stay a n00b.

WordPress Immersion Program.

Originally it was my own joke.

People asked me why I read so much and watched so many shows and subscribed to so many podcasts. My answer:

“It’s part of my WordPress Immersion Program.”

But really, I was just following Devin Walker and Matt Cromwell around the Internet tweeting out their show appearances and quotes. This is normal for any Marketing Manager.

And then it hit me.

The way you learn a language is by immersing yourself in it. So I should immerse myself in all things WordPress.

Now, I’m not reading PHP, or CSS, and the Codex isn’t my bedtime story, but I am getting used to the topics that are in vogue, hearing jargon and knowing its definition, etc.

Listen to shows even if you don’t know what they’re talking about. Have the sound play in the background. You’ll start learning. I promise.

The Curriculum:

I didn’t write a formal curriculum. However, I have found a sweet spot in my ritual and over the course of the week or month it consists of a mix of the resources I list below.

I may add to the list in the future. As of right now, it consists of: shows, podcasts, blog posts, meetups, and, of course, WordCamps.

Some of these are more technical, other more business. Regardless, they are talking about WordPress. I broke up each category by occasional and must-do. I mean, I have a day job, too.

WordPress Shows:

I religiously watch:

I occasionally watch:

WordPress Podcasts:

I religiously listen to:

I occasionally listen to:

WordPress-related Blogs:

On this, I generally read articles from anyone in my WordPress Twitter lists.  Of course, I read and sometimes edit anything Matt or Devin write on our blog.

But some of my favorite resources are:

WordPress Meetups:

Both of these meetups are once a month.

WordCamps:

I’m a bit fortunate on this end. I have three WordCamps within a 65 mile radius.

I go to WordCamp Orange County, San Diego, and Los Angeles every year and they’re usually about 3 months apart.

This year I’m going to Las Vegas, too.

You can find a WordCamp here.

My Advice:

If you plan on taking on some of this immersion program, don’t overwhelm yourself.

Start with one show. Then add a second. Then add a third. It doesn’t have to be intense immersion.

So. How do you learn WordPress. Got any resources I should add?

 

 

 

About Bridget Willard

Observing human behavior and predicting it is what makes the way I approach content management different. I mirror your voice in my social media management. I analyze your dreams when I consult. I think deeply and respond appropriately. I have time to work on your business. Do you?

15 Comments

  1. Robert Nissenbaum on April 27, 2016 at 12:23 am

    Awesome resource list! Need to get on a few of these.

    • Bridget Willard on April 27, 2016 at 7:31 am

      Thank you, Robert. I’d love to know which ones you like.

  2. Adam Fout on April 27, 2016 at 10:39 am

    Hey, thanks for the mention! And I love this list—I would also add http://chrislema.com/blog because he is awesome and has a lot of great resources for WordPress folks.

    I would also add http://www.carriedils.com for the exact same reason.

    • Bridget Willard on April 27, 2016 at 10:56 am

      Those are great resources. I listed Carrie under podcasts but her blog is great, too. For sure. Thanks, Adam!

  3. Meg Delagrange on April 27, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    This is such an awesome post! I wish I would have had this two years ago when I was dipping my toes into the WordPress and Web dev world. I’m always inspired by the amount of love and energy and resources you are constantly sharing. I’ll always be glad I kept your information from that first Wordcamp I attended in the spring of 2015 because I’ve been following you ever since.

    • Bridget Willard on April 27, 2016 at 2:51 pm

      Wow. Meg, my mind is blown. I had no idea. I’m so happy that I’ve been helpful. And here I was thinking that this would be a funny blog post.
      You’re one of my favorite parts of WordPress — a loving, generous, designer who jumps in with both feet. I never would have known otherwise.
      Keep inspiring people, Meg. It’s working — especially with me. You made my year.

  4. Carol Stephen on April 27, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    Great way of tackling any subject. You are always so generous in how you share! Much appreciated.

    • bridgetwillard on April 27, 2016 at 2:57 pm

      For sure. Being a remote worker has many benefits but also downsides. No one is holding my hand. Even if they wanted to, I’m 65 miles north. You know? So, of course my guys are way accessible through Slack, email, and (yes) the phone.

      But I also think it’s up to me. I don’t want to be the dumb blonde asking what PHP is every single time or what a Custom Post Type is or what in God’s Green Earth is ACF (Advanced Custom Fields). Some of this stuff I had to learn the hard way — buy just doing.

      And I think immersing myself in the world of WordPress has helped IMMENSELY with my responsibilities — especially since I’m not a developer. But content marketers have to load up content in the WP dashboard. So, you know how it is.

      Thank you, Carol. I appreciate you.

      • Carol Stephen on April 28, 2016 at 9:49 am

        Total immersion is the best way of learning a language–I just hadn’t thought of WordPress as a language. Nice reframing!

        I appreciate you, too, Bridget!

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  6. Justin on February 9, 2020 at 10:51 pm

    Thank you very much for writing this.

    I’ve started my WordPress immersion around two years ago a little before getting my first WordPress focused job.

    It is somehow hard for me to listen podcasts and focus at the same time. By I have two favorites: Very French Trip (veryfrenchtrip.com) and WordPress Weekly (wptavern.com/wordpress-weekly) by WP Tavern; tough both of them have not released new episodes for a while now.

    I’m also a big fan of reading WordPress posts while browsing the internet. But I’m an subscriber and regular reader of Make Core blog (make.wordpress.org/core) and WP Master newsletter (masterwp.co).

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