Intervista con Sophia DeRosia, ragazza 18enne americana contributrice a WordPress.
Come al solito CILS non si ferma e, anche dopo lo stop per il MeetUp Day, si riparte con un’intervista che avevo già fatto questo Natale ad una ragazza della mia età. Lei è Sophia DeRosia, Speaker e contributrice alla Comunità WordPress. ha fatto un talk con molti giovanissimi contributori di WordPress al WordCamp Europe e io l’ho raggiunta per chiedere com’è andata e discutere della community con lei.
Bene. Inizierò con una semplice domanda per far capire ai nostri utenti chi abbiamo di fronte. In che anno sei nata? 2001 o 2000?
2001. Posso rispondere a domande semplici in questo momento. Mia mamma sta cercando luci natalizie. 😂
Oh, quindi il mio stesso anno. Bene. Quest’altra dovrebbe essere semplice: Quando e come hai scoperto WordPress?
Mio papà lavora nell’informatica da quando ero piccolina, e mano a mano che si avvicinava di più a WordPress e andava ai WordCamp ero curiosa di capire che cos’era tutto questo. Quindi, quando avevo 12 anni, mia mamma mi ha detto che se volevo andare ad un WordCamp, avevo bisogno di fare un blog usando WordPress. Quindi la mia intera famiglia ha partecipato a WordCamp Chicago nel 2014.
Great. I’ll start with a simple question to let our users understand better who we have in front of us. In which year you’re born? 2001 or 2000?
2001. I can answer little questions at the moment. My mom’s looking at Christmas lights. 😂
Oh, same year of mine so. Great. This should be also simple: When and how you discovered WordPress?
My dad has been working in tech since I was very little, and as he got more into WordPress and going to WordCamps I was interested in what all this was. So, when I was 12, my mom told me that if I wanted to go to a WordCamp I needed to make a blog using WordPress. Then my whole family went to WordCamp Chicago in 2014.
Your dad is an actual contributor in WordPress? If yes, could be a problem for you to tell us his name?
Not at all. His name is Topher DeRosia. Both my parents are heavily involved in the WordPress community. My dad is the founder of HeroPress.
Oh, I heard about HeroPress, I was to send something to them. Anyway Sophia, again thanks for the interview. Let’s change the topic of this for a second and let’s speak about your recent talk at #wcus. How do you met the other friendly guys/girls that you’ve done a talk with?
Most of our parents new each other, and David Bisset (the father of Olivia Bisset who gave the talk) got all of our parents together and asked them to ask us about being in the panel. I knows of almost all of the other girls, I just hadn’t met them.
Oh, so it wasn’t a talk organized from you but from you parents, right? Umh… interesting. And what do you think about this experience? Are you planning to repeat that again?
I believe it was David Bisset’s idea, but we all were really excited about it. The idea was started by them but we took charge.
Umh, I see.
I thought it was a lot of fun. I liked being able to address some of the current issues, and I loved getting to know other teenagers in the WordPress community. And I would definitely do it again. I’m considering applying for WCUS next year, and possibly WCEU.
Now you know a new one. 🙂
I do!!! It’s so exciting!
Well, in which team are you contributing now?
I haven’t been on a contributor team yet. I helped with KidsCamp for WCUS in November. I deal more with communications and people, not so much actual contribution to the tech side of WordPress. I am working on getting into code, though.
Wow, so you are going really deeply in WordPress. Are you still doing the high school Sophia?
I graduated High School last spring and hope to start college next year.
Oh, seems good. And how do you felt during IT lessons in schools? Usually teachers explain WordPress only as a software and not as a community. What do you think about it?
I’m homeschooled, so I actually never had any IT classes. I started in the community of WordPress, so I’ve never known it as anything different. In fact, for a long time I didn’t use WordPress very much, so for me it was mostly community.
I see. But if today you hear that teachers doesn’t explain the community side of WordPress, what do you think? Do you think it’s right? It’s wrong? Or what?
I’m not sure. I haven’t thought about it. I think it should be talked about. Maybe not the primary focus, but there are lots of resources in the community that kids could use. However, not EVERY resource should be used by kids just yet. It depends on the age of the kid.
We are speaking about 16 to 18.
Gotcha. Then yes, I think the community should definitely be discussed and introduced.
And what about teenagers (like 17/18) that tell “Uh, WordPress is boring” and “WordPress is too much difficult”?
or some people, it may be. Not everyone is designed to do computer things. But, there are a lot of fun things about it, and if you are more inclined towards a certain area, there are other people who are good at the things you aren’t to help. And, there are a lot of people and resources in the community that would love to help.
Even if you aren’t a computer person, there are a lot of ways to be involved in WordPress. For a long time I haven’t been using WordPress for computer things, but I have been using it to be a mental health advocate. Because there are so many people who work remotely or just may not know what’s going on, I’ve been trying to shed light on the issue.
Especially for the teens in WordPress. A lot of us on the panel used our blogs as an outlet for what was going on.
What do you think is the different with WordPress and Facebook?
WordPress is completely customizable and serves many different purposes, where as Facebook is simply social media. You can make WordPress into a social media platform using (at least) BuddyPress, but I don’t think the two can really be compared. They’re just very different.
Some of my classmates say “Why I should create a website when I can use Instagram to publish everything?”.
In which WordCamp have you attended?
I’ve been to WordCamp Grand Rapids, Michigan, for a number of years. I’ve also been to Chicago, Illinois, Ann Arbor, Michigan, WCUS this year which was in St. Louise, Missouri, the first WCUS which was in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Jackson Michigan, Hampton Roads, Virginia, and Orlando Florida. I think that’s it. I don’t remember. 😂
And are you thinking to come also in Europe?
I’m thinking about it, but it’s just a thought. I have no idea what I’m gonna do just yet.
What do you think about CILS (my WordPress course)?
It looks really cool. I’ve never heard it before, but I like where it’s headed and what it’s doing.
What do you think can be improved for WordPress lessons or, what do you think could be better to motivate students to contribute?
I think just talking about the values and many sides of WordPress. For a long time I thought WordPress was just code or design, and if you didn’t like either of those options then it’s not for you. But it’s such a vast space with so many people that there are multiple places and positions.
Can you do a few examples?
There’s project management, and marketing, and Human Resources. All the things you would do for a business you would use in the WordPress community. Weather you’re a freelancer or a part of a company.
It was happened that you’ve personally inspired someone to contribute to WordPress?
I’m not sure. Not that I know of/ remember.
And speaking about WordPress with friends that are not in the WordPress Community?
Most people that I’ve talked to think it’s really cool and interesting. Especially that there’s a whole community built around a software like WordPress.