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.
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.
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.
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.
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?