Earlier today, a blog post profiling me went up on the WP Site Care blog. When the post was originally drafted, it included an additional answer to a question asked by Heather as part of my interview. Unfortunately, it was deemed too hot for the WP Site Care presses, so I’m publishing it here on my own little dusty corner of the Internet instead. Enjoy!
Any parting words?
Actually, yeah. I’d like to take a minute and address everyone who has systematically ruined the web over the past decade through a series of bad decisions and general ridiculousness. You people know who you are.
You’re the ones who want everything for free and never want to learn how to do anything. You submit ridiculous requests to people who publish open source software. You take on client work even though you don’t know how to write a line of CSS or even how to manage a project properly. You expect unpaid volunteers to answer every insane question and edge case you can come up with in forums across every deep dark corner of the web.
You’re ruining everything.
All of the lousy websites and products to build lousy websites can be traced directly back to you. I’m probably being a little hypocritical here because WordPress itself is one of those products, but I think there needs to be some kind of a line drawn in the sand somewhere.
The idea of making it easier for everyone to publish on the web is cool in theory, but it also opens up the door for everyone to publish on the web… which is… from where I’m sitting, not so great in practice. The low bar that we’ve set for ourselves is eating us alive. We’ve created an economy of ignorance and we’re serving up a hot plate of garbage to anyone with a few bucks.
Can we please stop doing that so much? I mean, I know I’m asking for a lot here… but could we all take some time to actually LEARN some stuff before doing things? And can we stop helping people who refuse to do this seemingly obvious and simple thing?
Take a course. Read a book. Practice some things.
Get a basic understanding of how at least some PIECE of what you’re doing works before you charge head-first into it. I really, honestly believe that if everyone would just slow down and learn a little bit more instead of just blindly doing things, the web (and probably the world) would be a much nicer, better place as a result.
I know I’m probably wasting my breath here, but hey… you asked. ❤️ ✌️