Leaving XWP, but Not WordPress: A Brief Respite

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  • After four incredible years at XWP, the time has come for me to take a step back from the WordPress open source community. It’s a decision that I didn’t take lightly, but one I believe is necessary for my personal and professional growth. Before I embark on this brief hiatus, I want to take a moment to reflect on the amazing journey I’ve had and reassure you that I’ll be back.

    When I first joined XWP, I was passionate about WordPress and its open-source ethos. Little did I know that this company would provide me with the opportunity to work on exciting projects, collaborate with brilliant minds, and contribute to a platform that powers a significant portion of the web. Over these four years, I’ve grown both as a developer and as a member of a community that is second to none.

    During this time, I had the privilege of collaborating with giants in the tech world. Working with Google on Web Stories was an experience that expanded my horizons and allowed me to contribute to cutting-edge web technologies. The creativity and innovation that went into the Web Stories project were truly inspiring, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to have been a part of it.

    Additionally, my involvement with Unsplash added a unique dimension to my journey. Unsplash’s mission to make high-quality visuals accessible to all resonated with me deeply, and I’m proud to have played a role in their integration with WordPress. It’s a testament to the power of open source that allows us to create seamless connections between diverse platforms and communities.

    Now, you might be wondering why I’m stepping away for a while. Rest assured, this isn’t a farewell; it’s a pause to recharge and explore new horizons. Sometimes, we all need to step back from what we love to gain fresh perspectives and come back even stronger. During this break, I plan to dive into different projects, expand my skillset, and find new inspiration that I can bring back to the WordPress community.

    I want to express my deepest gratitude to everyone at XWP, my fellow contributors, and the entire WordPress community for the support, guidance, and camaraderie I’ve experienced over these four years. It’s been an amazing ride, and I’m excited to see how the community continues to evolve.

    Rest assured, I’ll be back. WordPress has become an integral part of my journey, and I can’t stay away for long. I’ll return with renewed energy and fresh ideas to contribute to the platform we all hold dear.

    Thank you for being a part of this incredible journey with me. Until we meet again in the WordPress world, stay inspired, keep coding, and never stop pushing the boundaries of what’s possible with open source technology.

    See you soon!