Someone asked me this week whether I was actively involved with the WordPress community and whether it had positively impacted me. I didn’t hesitate at all in answering the question: the WordPress community isn’t why I initially I came here, but it is absolutely why I stay. I have found many things in the WordPress community that I didn’t even know I needed– amazing and generous mentors, favorite writing partners, and a group of talented writers who awe me, push me to be a better writer and provide an endless source of inspiration. I have found my tribe— other writers who have walked where I have walked, felt what I have felt and do not judge me, but accept me in my fullness. They have encouraged me daily to be brave, to be loud, to be me.
I have been incredibly fortunate to be involved with several amazing writing collectives since my arrival here at WordPress and to have had the opportunity to network with writers whose work I admire and respect. This week alone I was able to be involved in two collaborative projects that I am deeply proud of: The Burning Bed and A Room So Still and Quiet It Hurts. The quality of the writing is outstanding—the quality of the souls and hearts of the writers involved even more so.
I have had the room in the WP Community to be human, make mistakes, stumble, grow, get up again, brush myself off, begin to make amends, and try again. For a control freak who feels like she has to be perfect all the time, superhuman all the time, this is a greater gift than you can possibly imagine.
I am filled this week with gratitude for the community and the opportunities that WordPress has offered me. This has become a home where I can write, love, learn, laugh, mourn, be reborn and nurture. This is why I stay on WordPress.
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