Kim and I like to watch TED talks at least a few times a month. There is always something to learn. Always some new perspective to spark our imagination. Always a new idea or a window through which you can peer into the future.
One talk we watched recently was by economist Andrew McAfee who shared his vision (and concerns) about what future jobs might look like. Not unlike prophetic headlines plastered on the covers of magazines and newspapers for my entire life, McAfee’s overall prediction was that computers are undoubtedly taking over the world of work.
However, unlike the story in Popular Mechanics I read in junior-high school promising a flying car in every garage, this prediction was accompanied by two important kinds of data. First, there was the data on the screen which was given as part of the talk. That data painted a picture of a very hard-pressed middle class with shrinking opportunity.
The second data was already in my head and served to corroborate what I was seeing and hearing in the talk. Over recent years I’ve noticed what appears to me to be a clear slide in the prosperity of neighborhoods I’ve known my whole life. Areas that used to be solid, clean, well kept, and safe were, well, not so much. It’s a clear confirmation, not far outside my front door, that there really is a shift happening in the middle class and I’m sure that technology is part of the “why”.
What This Has to Do With WordPress
WordPress, which is the software platform that runs this website and is pretty much what Handmade Tickle is all about, is taking over huge swaths of internet real estate. It runs over twenty-five million sites and is growing faster than any other platform. This is great news because WordPress is open source and free.
It’s also great news because WordPress is one of the most resourced technologies in history. There are thousands of websites that teach it, thousands of videos, and thousands of code samples to use for just about any purpose. It’s easy to learn WordPress, if you want to.
As I consider this idea that computers and tech are taking more and more jobs away from future workers, and I match that up with the clear increase in opportunity for people who know WordPress inside and out, I think to myself: everyone needs to learn WordPress!
Obviously if everyone did, then the skill would be less valuable. But everyone won’t. They won’t all listen to me, sadly. But you can. You can learn it and it won’t take you that long and the best part is that the learning process itself can be fun. It can also be profitable!
You can have fun just starting a blog to share the things you enjoy, the things you make, or the ideas you have.
You can make a profit if you start a blog that becomes an integral and important part of a business you’ve created.
Sell on Etsy and make a blog to be a resource for your customers. Sell organic produce at a local farmers market and make a blog to share the best recipes you can find. Scour the internet for great information about _____ subject and become known as a “curator” and a thought leader in an area of knowledge.
Through the process you’ll build at least two things. First, you’ll build a blog (an interesting and amazing website full of information, entertainment, and utility) that will serve any number of functions. Second, you’ll build yourself, your knowledge, your skills, and your future opportunity in a world that relies heavily on the web and, in large part, on WordPress.
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