May 27, 2010

Happy 7th Birthday WordPress!

WordPress LogoThe wonderful open source platform that is WordPress was released seven years ago today through the talented Matt Mullenweg. Here is his post in 2003 announcing the release of WordPress to the world. Since then, WP has grown into a widely used and incredible tool for anyone who wants to share ideas, manage content, and much more. In Scott Berkun's "The Future of WordPress" session at WordCamp San Francisco, He said "WordPress is the Platform for Revolution." I totally agree. So many people have been able to find their voice through WordPress, and have been able to form communities of change. Examples of this are:

MidEastYouth - a student-owned independent network that promotes constructive dialogue and understanding within the Middle East and North Africa.
Kloop.info - the largest blog platform in Kyrgyzstan that dared to cover beginning of the recent revolt

Not only has WordPress helped people find their voice and support their causes, but it has been the basis for employment for many people worldwide. This is why it is important to contribute in any way you possibly can to the WordPress community... be it core, plugins, free themes, or volunteering or speaking at a WordCamp.

Thank you WordPress and all of those who have contributed to it. May you thrive and your community grow!
- Sara Cannon

Scott Berkun - WordCamp San Francisco

Scott Berkun at WordCamp San Francisco - "WordPress is the Platform for Revolution"

March 24, 2010

Making Things Happen

I've decided to share with you a couple posts over the next few weeks on interesting reading that I've encountered in the past year or so. Please comment if you've read it, what you think, or if you have any other recommendations!

I've been following Scott Berkun and when a logistically challenging project came my way at work, I picked up his book Making Things Happen: Mastering Project Management. I have to tell you, and all my coworkers would let you know as well, I was crazy about this book for a solid month. I've never been one for topical book buying (I have a habit of googling my troubles away), but this book really hit the spot. He comes at it from a technology/software development standpoint, but really, anyone who wants to make anything to happen no matter how big or how small can benefit from some aspect of this book. Just thought i'd share!

-Sara Cannon

ps.  follow his blog at http://www.scottberkun.com/

Sara Cannon is a Business Owner, UX/UI Designer, Creative Director, & Artist remote working in Birmingham, Alabama. Contact Sara for any of your creative needs.