Owning one’s expertise, especially in the developer space, can seem daunting. Open source software provides almost everyone the chance to share your knowledge and feel the accomplishments of contributing.
As a designer first and a WordPress developer secondly, I’ve shied from helping to work on WordPress’ uber-organized core. There are opportunities to get in on team calls and at Wordcamps, but it always seemed a bit “beyond” me.
At WSC2015, I was happy to find open source an interesting and challenging way even for non-devs to contribute.
You can search out projects depending on your interest, but often well-organized repositories label different issues and programming languages, making it easier to find what you want. Offering fixes and ideas is a great way to pitch in, but design and copywriting are areas requiring an expert hand too.
Some other open source project resources include:
Down the road, WSC2015 had attendees put together a three-month plan of what we planned to contribute, on speaking, writing and coding. I know I’ll be more confidently checking out WordPress’ core, to see where I can add my touch.