Contributor Spotlight: Nadia Maya Ardiani

Welcome to another edition of the Training Team’s Contributor Spotlight! In this series, the Training Team introduces you to one of our many valued contributors, and you can learn more about their contribution journey.

Profile photo of Maya.

Introducing Maya!

Today’s featured contributor is Nadia Maya Ardiani from Indonesia! Maya is a Content Translator for the Indonesian locale, an Indonesian Translation Coordinator, a Faculty team member, and is also currently trying out being a Content Creator!

All about Maya

Maya’s educational background is in English literature, and she began her career as a journalist. Starting from radio, Maya explored many mediums, including magazines and websites. She specialized in music, culture, and regional news, as well as feature writings on people and places. Maya’s fascination for media and communication brought her to various related avenues: media relations specialist, publicist, and public diplomacy officer for a foreign government representative. 

However, everything changed when the pandemic hit — Maya had to find another arena that was more flexible in regards to place and time, and that was when she became a content writer in the tech industry. This was the time when Maya learned in-depth about WordPress because she had to write about it. It was quite a pivot, but a step that she is grateful she took.

Maya is currently a content specialist with Hostinger, and interviews people — from Hostinger’s clients to WordPress community members — and writes articles about their expertise and inspiring stories. She also works on social media to boost the performance of their website content.

Outside of WordPress, Maya loves going to live music. She also loves spending time with her friends, reading, experimenting with recipes, watching movies, and exploring the internet for her daily dose of memes.

Maya’s WordPress Journey

Maya has always been drawn to the Internet and its culture, as well as the people who create and use it. She first discovered WordPress during her school years and was struck by its sophistication, even though it didn’t visually captivate her at the time.

Years later, Maya’s job as a tech content writer required her to have a deep understanding of WordPress. She was surprised to find that WordPress had grown significantly, offering exciting customizations and becoming easier to understand. She started exploring WordPress more, attending her first WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. and contributor dayContributor Day Contributor Days are standalone days, frequently held before or after WordCamps but they can also happen at any time. They are events where people get together to work on various areas of https://make.wordpress.org/ There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus. https://2017.us.wordcamp.org/contributor-day/ https://make.wordpress.org/support/handbook/getting-started/getting-started-at-a-contributor-day/.. It was during these experiences that Maya fell in love with the WordPress community, where everyone learns and supports each other.

Maya’s commitment to the WordPress community solidified when she volunteered as an interviewer at WordCamp Asia 2023. Being a part of something that makes the internet more accessible to everyone motivated her even further.

“It’s just so lovely to be involved in something that makes the internet more accessible for everyone.”

First Contributions

Maya’s journey as a contributor to WordPress began with her first contribution to the Polyglots teamPolyglots Team Polyglots Team is a group of multilingual translators who work on translating plugins, themes, documentation, and front-facing marketing copy. https://make.wordpress.org/polyglots/teams/.. While she doesn’t recall the specifics, she remembers working on some strings related to the current release towards the end of 2022. 

With the Training team, Maya made her initial contribution by creating a lesson plan and translating a tutorial. To her surprise and delight, she received news that the tutorial she translated was the first-ever Indonesian translation within the Training team—something she found truly awesome!

Overcoming Challenges

When Maya first began contributing to WordPress, she faced a common challenge—the feeling of knowing very little and wondering if she truly belonged on the Training team. There were moments when she questioned if she deserved to be a part of a team dedicated to helping others learn about the platform. However, Maya discovered a supportive and helpful community within the Training team.

“Everyone is a work in progress, and we’re never alone in the process, so as long as we’re willing to learn, we can learn together with everyone.”

Memorable WordPress Moments

Being welcomed into such a diverse community, even in places where Maya may not see many people who looked like her, has been a great source of joy. One significant moment was when she interviewed Michelle Frechette, who told Maya that it’s important to show up and start doing something even when you feel like you’re one of the minorities, because you might open the door for others who relate to your experience. This conversation inspired Maya and served as a reminder that her participation could create opportunities for others like her. Seeing fellow POC hijabi women participating at WordCamp US 2023 reaffirmed the idea that there is a place for her at the table. This heartwarming encounter boosted her confidence and conviction more than any inclusivity campaign had.

Maya also had incredible experiences at her first local WordCamp and her flagship WordCamp. The local event allowed her to dive into the intricacies of the project, while the flagship event provided her with a whole new scale of WordPress contributor experiences. These experiences fostered a sense of camaraderie with her fellow contributors, and Maya will always cherish those moments.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to get started with contributing to WordPress?

“You don’t have to be an expert to begin contributing. Start with what you have and improve at your own pace can always be a good idea. In the WordPress community, everyone has each other’s back, so don’t be afraid to ask, even though it might feel like a stupid question (it’s totally fine, everyone’s a newbie at some point in life).”

Thank you, Maya, for all your dedication and contributions to the Training Team and to the WordPress Open SourceOpen Source Open Source denotes software for which the original source code is made freely available and may be redistributed and modified. Open Source **must be** delivered via a licensing model, see GPL. Project!

If you are interested in getting started with contributing to the Training Team, please check out our Getting Started guide and/or join the Guide Program to be mentored by an experienced contributor. We’d be happy to have you join us!

#contributor-spotlight

Contributor Spotlight: Laura Adamonis

Welcome to a new series, called the Contributor Spotlight! In this series, the Training Team introduces you to one of our many valued contributors, and you can learn more about their contribution journey.

Profile photo of Laura Adamonis

Introducing Laura!

Our first featured contributor is Laura Adamonis! Laura is a Content Creator with the Training Team, a volunteer working with the Faculty program, and our newest Team Rep for 2024!  She is also part of the start-up DEIB team and has contributed to the Photo and CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. teams.

Laura’s Background

Before finding WordPress, Laura’s background took several different turns. She has a degree in set & lighting design, worked in a department store, and a visual merchandiser setting up displays and Christmas. “​​I thought about being an interior designer or architect because when I was little I always loved rearranging my room,” she adds.

Laura started her journey as an educator when she became a Montessori teacher for 6-9 year olds and taught for several years. She did several years of volunteer work from coaching, to library helper, to mentoring. She then went back to teaching at the local science center and became the robotics coordinator in charge of LEGO classes, engineering, robotics, and coding for kids.

Laura started her own website design business, Add A Little Digital Services, last year.

Outside of WordPress, Laura loves spending time with her family, scrapbooking, baking, gardening, and exploring new places. 

Laura’s WordPress Journey

“I like using WordPress for the ease and that 40% if not more of the world’s websites use it.”

When Laura discovered WordPress, her job at the time required her to work weekends and she was at a point where she wanted to have the flexibility to pick up and do things, so she quit her job. She was just taking time to do some projects around the house when she was scrolling through social media and found a woman-owned website coding course that focused on WordPress.

Discovering Contribution

Laura’s motivation to go beyond using WordPress was a two-fold decision:

“I had impostor syndrome and felt I didn’t know enough to call myself a designer. I was taking all the workshops and watching tutorials to learn more to build my confidence. The second part is as an educator I want to help others learn and understand. We all learn in different ways and I have a good sense of the different learning styles to help others. That is what drew me to the training team.”

Laura’s first contribution was as a co-host for an Online Workshop:

After co-hosting I felt amazing. The fact that I was co-hosting for someone on the other side of the world and that people from all over were attending.” 

Overcoming Challenges

“Last year when I decided to contribute I also decided to not contribute. Finding information about how to do things was impossible for me to find or I would find it then spend hours trying to find it again. I overcame this by setting a goal and started bugging people, asking questions. I wrote out the steps I needed to do, I created folders in my browser so I could find pages more easily. The Training team has done a great job in the past year to update the handbook and document the steps to take in order to do different things. You might even see my name or face within those documents. I love that I am able to contribute as I navigate through the different processes.

The Training team has been focused more on improving the handbook and creating tutorials and workshops to show the steps on how to contribute. This has been very beneficial.” 

Memorable WordPress Moments

  • Publishing my first tutorial has been very exciting.
  • Going to my first WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more..
  • Most of all, being a part of a special community where we learn together and help each other.. 

Check out Laura’s latest tutorial, “How to create a menu with the navigation block”. Laura was also co-lead of the Training Team’s table at WordCamp US 2023 Contributor Day!

What advice would you give to someone who wants to get started with contributing to WordPress?

  • DO ask questions. There is this awesome community called WordPress just waiting to answer your question. 
  • Be alright with not getting it right.  A great way to learn is from our mistakes. Own them. Let them make you confident. 

Thank you Laura, for all your dedication and contributions to the Training Team and to the WordPress Open SourceOpen Source Open Source denotes software for which the original source code is made freely available and may be redistributed and modified. Open Source **must be** delivered via a licensing model, see GPL. Project!

If you are interested in getting started with contributing to the Training Team, please check out our Getting Started guide and/or join the Guide Program to be mentored by an experienced contributor. We’d be happy to have you join us!

#contributor-spotlight