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?
- As you know, I launched my first two WordPress web properties in April of 2015.
- In May of 2015 I began testing plugins and writing for WordImpress.
- In October of 2015, Jason Tucker invited me to co-host WPblab, a WordPress show.
- 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.
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.
I religiously watch:
I occasionally watch:
I religiously listen to:
I occasionally listen to:
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:
Both of these meetups are once a month.
- Orange County General WordPress Meetup
- Women Who WP
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.
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?