I spent some time giving my candid thoughts about WordPress and how it can be effectively used to make you a better writer over at InspiredMag. Please head on over there, give it a read, and drop a comment!
Appreciate it guys!
Of course, I want to give a bit more context and even some additional thoughts that you might chew on a bit and give you a bit more personal perspective on this post:
This post started at one place and ended up in an entirely different place as I wrote it. At one point the I found myself on somewhat of a rant as I really leaned into WordPress as a serious publishing platform. I personally have shared already why I can’t stop loving WordPress here but this Guest Post gave a little bit more background as it relates to my experience in big business and the enterprise space.
Eventually it landed in a cohesive WordPress and writing theme that’s candid and more agnostic from my past working experience. Yes, yes – at one point I actually worked at Fox and NewsCorp working with online publishers. At the time I was one of their executives overseeing the development of social software and product and just before I arrived they had committed themselves to a multi-million dollar deal building out their own Content Management System (CMS) for their publishing needs.
It was pretty much the stupidest thing ever when compared to the robust publishing toolset that was available with WordPress and the many powerful plugins that could be easily customized for our unique content needs.
I wasn’t heart-broken, but I was disappointed that the previous technologist had little to no concept (or appreciation) for open source.
There was, of course, more nuanced issues and historical precedents that were in play and it’s not of interest to openly share those here in this post, but the net result was months and months of development and disgruntled writers and contributors that lost revenue share, interest, and stifled their creative publishing efforts.
Too bad – they were darn good writers and passionate publishers. We lost some of them that year and they went on to publish for other businesses. Sure, it wasn’t just a technology issue that had them submit their 2-week notice, but I feel confident that it played a part.
I love WordPress because it provides me, and many others, the best darn writing and online publishing experience on the planet – unless you enjoy publishing from inferior and sub-standard platforms.