Vlad Olaru

Personal (professional) blog by Vlad Olaru.
Thinking about many things, writing about some of them, and maybe put some code to work.

Questions With No Answers About the Themes Repo

June 10, 2019 • ☕️☕️ 8 min read

It will take a lot of small steps in the right direction. It will take a lot of honest people and businesses to jump in and lend a hand. But if we genuinely care about the future of WordPress and that of the open web, do we really have a choice? From what I see, the alternative would be to let the repository drift away and become obsolete. Some will profit from this, but definitely not WordPress(.org) and end users.

Why I Write

June 03, 2019 • ☕️ 6 min read

I think people write for many reasons. None good, none bad. Just valid reasons to pick up a pen or a keyboard and dump whatever goes on in one's head into words. […] I write because it liberates my mind, because it feeds my love of stories, and, ultimately, helps me think better. I enjoy crafting words despite the hard work and the mysterious paths they take (me) at times.

In All Fairness: The 40 Hours Work Week

May 28, 2017 • ☕️ 4 min read

Recently, in a documentary, I've heard something that really reverberated in me as it provided the key to making sense of a lot of conflicting thoughts and ideas: the origin of the word amateur as opposed to professional. It helped me relate with the 40 hours work week.

The Founder's Dilemma: Many Hats, One Head

May 21, 2017 • ☕️☕️ 8 min read

Ever since I've deep-dived head-first into this adventure of co-founding Pixelgrade my life has changed, in unexpected ways. Little did I know I would be taking the ride of my life, fulfilled and energized beyond my wildest dreams, but also stretched and challenged to breaking point and beyond. One thing is definitely sure: many hats landed on my head. This is my story wearing them.

Up or Out: How I've Managed to Embrace the Elephant

April 23, 2017 • ☕️ 5 min read

Those pesky three little words have been nagging me for the past nine months and each time I sat down to write this story something didn't make sense, some fundamental insight was eluding me. How could I reconcile “Up or Out” with my deep belief that people are inherently good, that given the right context each can reach new, unexpected heights?