Like a lot of people at different times in their lives, I find myself facing my own version of “unemployment.” The job I’ve been doing for the last 15 years is coming to an end. I’m unlikely to quit being a wife and mother, but my responsibilities are drastically changing. For the first time, I get to be selfish. I can look at life and focus on just what I want. And it doesn’t hurt the people around me. Mostly, they’re done with me.
My husband’s been a developer since before we met. (I like to say before the internet had pictures.) In 2010, he found that WordPress was a good niche for him. A comfortable home that fit his skills and his clients needs. Now that I’m looking for a job, I’m starting inside the WordPress community.
It’s an interesting choice for me. I’m not technical. I always thought I would very happily live in a world without computers, but then a couple of things caused my perspective to shift.
First, I got on Twitter. There I developed a community of friends. Friends were really missing from my life. Being home, and homeschooling, I ended up developing a lifestyle of isolation. Twitter helped me meet new and interesting people that weren’t as different from me as the early computer folk were.
Secondly, I realized I had an opportunity to achieve a dream. I have always loved to write, but never saw it as a logical career path. WordPress was designed for writers. I could write and publish with abandon. It’s cheap. It’s easy. My voice is available to those who find it. It was an amazing possibility. It was so freeing to realize that I could just do it. I was the only thing holding me back.
So I decided to start here. I’m going to blog this job change experience that so many other people face. As I learn things, I’ll be recording them. And as I fail? I’ll be recording that, too. Who knows, maybe I’ll help someone else who might be looking at WordPress as part of their life change. Or maybe I’ll decide WordPress isn’t for me. Who knows. Well, you will. If you come back for more.