Why Expand HeroPress?
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Why Expand HeroPress?

The goal of HeroPress is to help. It always was and it always will be. For the last five years we’ve given what we had to give. Between full time work and raising a family, focusing on elevating other people’s voices was the best route, and the essays continued. But now — motivated by community…

Changes are Coming to HeroPress
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Changes are Coming to HeroPress

From the beginning, conversations have occurred about what else HeroPress could do, but the necessary factors never line up to make them a reality. Until now. Last fall, potential sponsorship got us thinking. This spring, community interest got us researching. And now, it is time to move! Plans are in the works to build out…

Video from DoSummitGood
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Video from DoSummitGood

I recently took part in DoSummitGood, an online conference for people and organizations working to Do Good in the WordPress community. The organizers managed to get recordings of all the talks on YouTube the very next day, which is pretty impressive. In this talk I tell a lot more about what was going on in…

Syndication!
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Syndication!

As of today, HeroPress essays will be syndicated on WordPress.org/news once a month, on the first friday of the month. A few weeks ago Josepha The Great approached me and said she’d been tasked with getting Better News at that location, and HeroPress was one of her first thoughts. We discussed how it would work…

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News, Updates, etc.

You may have noticed there’s no Essay this week. This is for a variety of small reasons, some of which involve going fishing. We’ll resume our regular schedule next week. I think this is only the second time in over 4 years that we’ve missed an essay. Later this week I should have a fun…

HeroPress Downloads
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HeroPress Downloads

Did you know that HeroPress has stuff you can download?  For a while now we’ve had a plugin available, but this evening I posted some cool wallpapers.  I made them about a year ago, but had them only on my personal site. Now they’re available on this site as well. I’m interested to know if…

HeroPress at 100
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HeroPress at 100

March 8th we’ll have 100 HeroPress essays published. This seems like an auspicious time to look back at what we’ve built. Since the first one I’ve only missed maybe 2 weeks. One essay has been taken down for security reasons. Only once has anyone really stood me up, and only four times or so has…

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The Other Side Of WordPress

Something that’s always bothered me about HeroPress is that it’s just so happy and upbeat all the time. Sure, people talk about some hard things sometimes, but it always ends with everything being better and awesome and happy. I’d like to clarify that it’s not always like that. Sometimes it ends in tears, frustration, and…

One Year
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One Year

One year ago, on March 25, 2015, we published the very first HeroPress essay. It was by Andrey “Rarst” Savchenko, and titled “Finding Your Place“. It’s been an amazing journey for me (Topher) personally. I’ve met a huge number of amazing people in the last year, far more than did essays. People who’ve enlightened me,…

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Thoughts on Alex King

I didn’t know Alex King. I barely knew who he was.  This may sound strange to so many of you who saw his touch everywhere, but the vagaries of life simply kept us apart. Over the last year or so I heard his name here and there. A nice long talk with Norcross and Karim…