It’s been a while, but sometimes it is difficult to find spare time to write down what I want to share.
This time I wanted to talk to you about Women In WP.
Ooh yes! You are going to tell me that I do this often but…! it’s not exactly the same thing. There are women in WordPress Community and in the tech sector who are amazing and I totally respect and look up to them. However, this post is not exactly a tribute to these ladies. I wanna share with you my experience in a podcast with a fun triplette!
I am talking about Amy Masson, Tracy Apps, and Angela Bowman.
How it started
This all started when Vassilis Baimas, a good friend and co-organizer of WordCamp Athens and WordCamp Thessaloniki spotted their first podcast. He started watching them and got enthusiastic. He took also the decision to introduce me to the girls for a podcast about women in the WordPress and tech community in Greece. Before Vassilis told me about it, I applied to be on the podcast, finding the twitter page where WomenInWp shares their news.
While discussing it over slack with Vassilis, we realized that we both had the same thought at almost the same moment. Actually hitting the button almost at the same time…
Laughing hard was the only option. We never get stunned with one another. After 4 years of working together, it’s like our minds are connected.
There comes fear…
A while after I applied and Vassilis suggested me, the girls contacted me in order to arrange the podcast. I got kinda scared of what I am going to talk about since I am not a developer or a designer. Maybe the things I have to say are not that important. Who’s gonna care about what I have to say? There are people with more knowledge than mine, different skills, or professionals with bigger experience and expertise. These are thoughts that did not come up when I applied. I wanted to communicate how I felt, as a woman and blogger among people in my community, respected and cherished. I wanted to share that it never felt different being a girl in the tech sector, attending meetups of developers or WordPress meetups and WordCamps.
Boom! Second thoughts! Fear, doubts, and anxiety, but it all disappeared when I turned on my camera and saw their faces at Zoom.
The girls were very welcoming and smiley. Just their nice voices and their attitude reminded me of what exactly I wanted to share and the reason I first pressed the button of applying to be with them.
My glasses were a bit flashy, but there we were. Behind our screens, a greek girl and another three from the other side of the globe! It is strange to be on a podcast with people you have never met before and you know little about since there is not such a personal contact as with your friends.
Amy, Tracy and Angela want to give voice to the women around the world. Women of the WordPress global community, who are active and enjoy sharing their knowledge, experience, and passion. Either you are a developer or a designer, or a blogger, a marketing editor, or a content strategist, the girls want to let your voice be heard all over the world. Girl power? Ooh yes!
Being born, located, and working in a small country like Greece, suffering also by the economic crisis and the huge migration outflow, but with tech communities and agencies rising, it was nice to be able to share what’s going on with the WordPress Greek Community.
It was like a chat among friends, but including high-quality equipment. Plus, me saying things that seem wise as advice but should be the reality and not a topic for discussion.
You need to ask, to come forward, to contribute. You can come to an event. Ask a question. No question is stupid. Everybody’s welcome. If you don’t ask you will never learn.
It’s been an honor being on the Women In WP 6th podcast and I am thankful for the fact that I met them. It is true that the internet and technology give us the opportunity to communicate our experience, our journey, our thoughts with people sharing the same passion no matter where they are located. I had a great time with the girls. They made it feel so natural as if we were sitting around the same table drinking our coffee. Our smiles can prove it for sure.
The girls kept a quote from our podcast and I think they are totally right…
Be proud of what you can do. Don’t apologize for what you cannot do, or you don’t want to do. If you really want to do something you will learn how to do it and you will do it successfully.
Find your tribe, meet people, and cooperate. Don’t be afraid.
Find out more about Women In WP
You can see all the upcoming shows here and if you want to share your experience and thoughts by participating in a podcast with the girls. You can be on the show or suggest someone that you believe would have a lot to offer by talking. Just fill in the form and they will contact you back.
The girls do an amazing job providing except for the audio podcast, also a video and transcript. You can find mine here since we had been also talking about accessibility and the deaf WordPress Greek Community members and attendees of the community’s events.
It is kinda expensive sports to be able to put all this effort, equipment, etc., so if you want you can sponsor the ladies and their amazing job by contacting them and help them invest more in hearing louder the female voice in the WordPress world.