Same Team, SAME TEAM!

One of the worst things you could do while playing a First Person Shooter is shoot-at, maim, or kill a member of your team. Generally this is purely accidental in which you’ll hear (passionate) banter among the players in the heat of the game.

Player 1:

Same team, for !@#$’s sake!

Player 2:

Ah, !@#$, my bad.

And the game would continue on. In some circumstances though it’s a method of revenge or intimidation on a team-member who’s acting out of line or because they are being incredibly stupid in-game.

Whatever the reason it’s generally good practice to not screw up the match for the entire team by removing one of your own teammates from the round (because even a n00b is still great distraction and fodder for the other team!).

In many ways I’ve been thinking about this concept globally as it applies to my project Pressgram. My mission is quite simple:

Get more people to digitally publish.

Pressgram is an app that does just that. In fact, one of the most poignant experiences so far has been deeply personal as my wife is now back in the game with blogging because of Pressgram! In short, she’s digitally publishing more and thus fulfilling my mission as a product creator.

This means intrinsically and explicitly that I’m in the business of helping others to express themselves through blogging and digital platforms. I think there’s something beautiful that every human being has to share with others and that sharing those experiences not only makes their lives better but improves humanity as a whole. The expression of raw experiences enables others to learn and thus become better people in turn.

In a way, it’s a level of stewardship that we all have to pass on our learnings to the next generation and the internet allows us to do this en-masse to many more people than ever before. This is a great thing.

In addition, I love using WordPress, as an application, and will continue to do so for many, many more years – there is no other option that is as functionally and philosophically aligned with my needs and goals as a content creator. As such, I share my love for WordPress constantly. I have been to many people the biggest evangelist for the application that they know.

Which means, inherently, that Pressgram is about promoting WordPress to the world as the best choice when it comes to digital publishing. I use it and I believe in it. Consequently, it means that I’m on the same team as anyone and everyone who actively works with WordPress and who is also passionate about using it for personal, professional, and even large-scale organization needs.

It seems so obvious to me but I have learned that not everyone shares that perspective. There is no shortage of people who either blindly ignore the “same team” dynamic or are so opinionated about their way of “doing” WordPress that it becomes categorically incompatible with my much more open-handed approach.

So I find myself screaming, internally and then sometimes quite literally (in the safety of my home office):

HOLY SHIT, SAME FUCKING TEAM!

Again, it brings me back to my Counter Strike days (I miss those…). You see, I’ve centered and oriented my life around evangelizing WordPress and Pressgram is yet another way I’m doing that and that’s a good and awesome thing for everyone who’s life revolves around WordPress.

Faith in Humanity, Restored!
Faith in Humanity, Restored!

I’m not asking for the world; I’m not even asking for unequivocable fanatical support. I’m just asking for a bit of decency which I know is impossible on the internet. You know, I just wish some people would temper their criticisms (which are valid and very appreciated as good teams have healthy friction and disagreement!) with a modicum of support; some little line in there that says, generally-speaking:

Hey, I don’t agree with you (in fact I hate you) but at least I acknowledge that we’re on the same team; we’re both interested in getting more people to use WordPress.

Yeah, yeah. It’s too much to ask. It’s the internet. But at least it would restore a little faith in humanity. I think it would also remind people that at the end of the day there is a real human being, a living, breathing person that’s sitting behind that keyboard who’s working hard to create value for others, just like you are for your community, your peers, your customers, and your organization.

Same team, for goodness sake.