When you receive support from the WordPress Community

The day I made the decision not to continue WPCalendar was quite hard. A project that has given me a lot of joy and in which a couple of times a week you enter, you check how the Community is doing and by the way you use the contents to comment on a podcast (in this case, WordPress Radio).

And in the same way I received support from many people in the Community who wrote me direct messages on Twitter to @JavierCasares. It’s not the first time it happens to me… a few weeks ago as Hosting Team Rep, after publishing an article about PHP-Intl I also received many messages from people who were very aligned with what I was saying.

What never happened to me before is that I received messages that wanted to support the project in some way, even financially. This project has always been one of my WordPress side-projects (along with WPNoticias, WPpodcast, WP-Config generator or WPSysAdmin itself, which has become a big part of my daily professional life) but it had been building little by little, over the years, every week “a little more”.

It is true that in recent months it has had some big changes, such as the ability to add all the events online, and even an adaptation with the new WordPress API that allows easy writing, and that updates the events of the Community of Spain every day, automatically.

I want to give special thanks to Brian Richards, Birgit Pauli-Haack, HeroPress and Zachary Tirrell, both for your comments and for the feedback you have given me after keeping you informed.

I have to admit that I dedicate a lot of free time to the WordPress Community and that in general I do it because I want to (even if they don’t understand it at home) and the fact that someone is willing to finance a project like this is very flattering, but I don’t want to do it if I’m not sure that really, at least the minimum base, allows continuing working with all the new development.