Chris Wiegman has a great post on his site where he outlines and defines four types of communities in WordPress. The four communities are Idealists, Personal Brands, Workers, and Users. These communities overlap and form the Global Community. Upon reading the post, I have decided that I fit into the Idealist group.
These are the people who may make a living in WordPress but didn’t get into WordPress for the money. They are the volunteers and other folks making their way because they believe in what they’re doing.
For some this means they are building a site with a mission that they agree with or offering their talents to build many sites for an external community that shares their values but doesn’t necessarily have the money they would like to build out their site.Chris Weigman
I never got into WordPress for the money. Hell, I didn’t think I could make a living using WordPress until 2009, a few years after getting involved with the project and writing about it on a daily basis. At the time, it was all about chronicling what was going on in the WordPress scene, and the fact that I could be paid to do it was a bonus. Today, things are a bit different. I feel like I’m a mix of Idealist, Worker, and User.
The Global Community is important to me but generating revenue is also important. The two can go hand-in-hand without detracting from each other. After reading Chris’ post, I’m interested to hear which communities you’re in.