Intro to Publishing with the Block Editor
So you’ve gone through the famous 5-minute install, and now you have a blank edit screen sitting in front of you. Where to start? Creating content on a WordPress site is centered around the editing experience. For posts and pages, we use the block editor to create engaging content for our sites.
In this workshop, geared towards beginner to intermediate users, we will cover:
- What is an editor and, more specifically, what is the block editor
- What are blocks, and how to use them
- Creating a full post, from scratch, using the block editor
- Ways to level-up your block editor knowledge for the future
This workshop will primarily be conducted via screenshare with a voice-over to help attendees visualize the information and instructions being shared. At the end, you’ll be familiar with the block editor, popular blocks, and how to create a post or page using the block editor in WordPress. Let’s get started!
- Familiarize attendees with what the block editor is, and the editing experience in general.
- Give attendees a foundational understanding of what blocks are and how popular blocks are used in content creation.
- Complete understanding of how to create a post or a page using the block editor.
- General familiarity with Gutenberg and its role in relation to the Core editor.
- What is the block editor?
- True/false: The editing experience is static and never changes.
- Can you give an example of a block? Where or how might you use this block?
- Where can you use the block editor? What type of content?
- Have you created your own post or page using the block editor?
Hi, my name is Erica, welcome to our intro on how to publish with the Block Editor. I work as a Community Wrangler at Automattic. And I’ve been working with WordPress for almost a little bit longer actually, even 10 years now, time has kind of flown. I came to WordPress as a blogger and in particular as a freelance writer at the time, I was working on building my portfolio online and stumbled upon WordPress and created my website to build an online presence and share my clips with others. Since then, of course, the way the editing experience looks on WordPress is pretty different. We’ve seen a lot of changes to the editing, editing experience and editor over time, and in particular in these past few years. In this workshop, we’re going to talk about what the editor is, and more specifically what the Block Editor is, we’ll go over common blocks and how to use them. And we’ll also do a walkthrough of how to create both a post and a page using the Block Editor so that by the time we’re finished, you’ll feel comfortable using the Block Editor yourself. And with that, let’s get started.
Before we start talking about the Block Editor, it’s important to talk about what the editor is in general. In short, the editor is the screen on your WordPress site where you can actually write or edit your posts or pages. Essentially, an editor refers to any interface where you can write or insert the content of your site, whether that’s text, images, video or links. Like any software, WordPress has different versions, each release often includes new features, as well as bugs and security fixes. In the beginning, most editing happened in HTML. Before 2018, the editor in WordPress was a different type of editor, often referred to as wiziwig, or what you see is what you get. Over time the editor the editing experience has continued to evolve. And we’re now using what we refer to as the Block Editor. The Block Editor is centered around the concept of building blocks. Each block represents an individual piece of content such as a single paragraph or image, and the current editing experience in WordPress. When you create or edit a post or page, your content is built using these various blocks. This is the editing experience we’ll be working through in this workshop.
So as I just mentioned, the Block Editor is used for both posts and pages. Within WordPress posts and pages are the two primary types of content. In general posts and pages are usually distinguished by a few characteristics. posts are primarily used for your blog. They’re ideal for content that is changing or meant to be less visible over time. writing new quality content consistently through new posts on your blog can help to improve your site’s search ranking and build your audience over time.
Pages on the other hand are used for more static content like an about page or contact page. WordPress originally started as a blogging platform, but it is commonly used as a content management system for more traditional websites as well.
This means that depending on the type of site you have, you may only use pages and not have any need for posts. I’d also like to mention that in addition to post some pages, it’s also possible to create what’s known as a Custom Post Type.
Depending on your comfort level with coding or if you’re working with a developer, it’s possible to create an entirely separate post type or type of content. For example, if you run a music venue and would like a way to catalog and track all of the artists that visit your venue, you may consider making a band post type with forms and fields specific to what you would want to track for visiting bands like band name, members and record company.
The most important thing to remember though, for custom post types is that they’re not out of the box and do require either using a plugin or some development to create. There’s plenty of tutorials available for those who are curious or LIKE TO TINKER. For Custom Post Type. The most important point to know is that you can also use the Block Editor with these. Because this talk is focused more on content creation, we won’t be going further into Custom Post Type at this point. So let’s get started with looking at the Block Editor blocks and how to use them.
So in order to access the Block Editor, of course, we need to be on an page or a post that we can edit. So for this session, we’re going to go into an add new or a new post page. And we’ll get there by clicking on Add New. I’m going to start by adding a title just for ease of use for us.
Before we start diving into the individual blocks and how they work, I’d like to talk a little bit about the inserter. The block inserter is the tool that we use to search for find and insert blocks into your posts and pages. We have two different options for how We’d like to use the inserter. And I’d like to go over a little bit how you use both of them and when or why you would use one over the other. So while we’re on this add new post page, you can see that there’s a button a plus sign to the right of our content. And it says add block, this will open up one of the inserter options. So as you can see, when we click on the plus sign, it opens up a small inserter with a few common blocks that we might use like the paragraph, image heading and so on. At the bottom of this, you can see there’s a button that says browse all. clicking on this button browse all will bring us to the block inserter on the left side of the screen. And I’m also going to show you another way to get to that inserter. So if we go to the upper left corner of our toolbar, we can see that there’s also a plus sign here that just like the other one, if you hover over it, it says add block. This is the other way of getting to the inserter. This will open the full inserter. And as you can see when we click on it, there’s a few more options available. By default, when we open this, we can see that there are three different tabs at the top that include patterns and reusable blocks, we’ll go into patterns a little bit more in greater detail in a separate workshop. But to start today, we’re just going to go over blocks in general and how to use them. So as we look at this inserter, we can see that the blocks are categorized by a few different types of blocks, we can see that there are text based blocks like paragraph, heading, list, and so on. And one of the neat things you’ll see as you start using the Block Editor is as you hover over each of these blocks, you can see on the right that there is a small example of what that block looks like and how it could be used. Below the category of text blocks, we can see media blocks that include things like images, galleries, audio, and pretty much any kind of media that you might include in your posts or pages. As we scroll down further, we see that there, there’s the design category. And these design elements to your posts or page like buttons columns, if you group a series of blocks together, separators and so on. Scrolling further down, we have the widgets blocks. And these include widget related blocks. So you’ll see things where you can add a block that allows for shortcodes, archives of your of your blog, calendar, any latest comments, categories, RSS feed and things like that. And finally, at the bottom, we have embeds and the embeds categories include any block that allows you to embed content from another service or website, you can see that we have the generic embed block, as well as specific embeds that would allow you to incorporate content from places like Twitter, YouTube, other WordPress sites, Instagram, or Facebook, and so on into a post or page. We’ll go into these a little in a little bit more detail later as we start exploring individual blocks. For now, this is just an overview of how blocks are organized and how you can access them. Now one important feature that I also want to mention is that, of course, when you open the block inserter if you find the block you need right in front of you like in this case, if I wanted to add a list, I don’t have to do anything special. But if I’m looking for a specific block, it’s really handy to use the search bar here. There are a bunch of different blocks. And sometimes it’s a lot quicker and a lot easier to just type in the block that I’m looking for. So in this case, if I wanted to embed an Instagram photo, into my post or page, I can just search for Instagram. And that pulls up the Instagram blog right away. So obviously that’s very quick. And the cool thing about this too is that as you type, the results are automatically updated for you. So even if I just write I N on my way to writing Instagram, you can see that it starts pulling up the heading blog, audio, Amazon Kindle, and anything else that might be related until I keep typing even further.
So from here, we’re going to get started with actually just looking at specific blocks. And of course, we’ll start with the paragraph block, which is probably the most foundational block that we could be looking at. You’ll use the paragraph block and pretty much any post or page that has text so probably all of them. And unsurprisingly the paragraph block is for just that as you’re writing text, different pair graphs, that paragraph will be displayed as a unique individual block. And when we click on the block, you’ll see that there’s a toolbar that comes up at the top of the block. And this includes different options that are available and specific to that block. So we see for the paragraph block, there’s options to align the text, you can add different text formatting at a link, there are a few additional options for formatting as well. The ones that you see in the toolbar, right, there are the ones that are generally the most common. And then as you click on that little arrow to the right of the link icon, there’s a few other options as well. We can see things like changing the text color, adding inline code, and stuff like that.
Just for fun, we’re gonna strike something out. As we play around with the paragraph block, you’ll see there’s a few other options if you click on that menu all the way to the right of the toolbar. And that’s actually a menu that will appear for all blocks, allowing you to do things like remove them. And one thing I would like to point out is if you look at the sidebar on the right, now that we’re not selecting any block, you’ll see that all the settings refer to the document or the post itself. The second we click into the paragraph block, you can see the specific block settings. And these are also some additional settings that come with the paragraph block, in addition to what you see in that tool block the two toolbar at the top of the paragraph block. And these settings will appear for every block as you click into that block as it’s active while you’re editing it. And in this case, for the paragraph block, you’ll see that it allows us to change some additional settings around text size, adding a Drop Cap, Color Settings. And if you’re using any CSS specific CSS classes that you would like to add to your paragraph, you have that under the advanced section as well. Again, that is an advanced setting. So it is not necessary for using the paragraph block. So as we continue to go through some of the other common blocks, we’re just going to click back into the paragraph block, press enter and then you’ll see the icon for the block inserter pop up again. So we can click on that icon one more time, go back to common blocks. And this time, we’re going to look at the image block. So again, as you can see in that toolbar at the top of the block, there’s a few different options that appear there now. And within the block itself, we have the option to upload an image from our computer, like I’m doing right now. Or you can insert from a URL or if you have other images already uploaded to your site, you can insert it from your Media Library. Now all the way at the bottom, you’ll see there’s an option to write in a caption to and with the caption, there’s also some additional specific settings as well that will appear. Once you click on that. As we go to the right and look at the block settings, you’ll see some settings that are included. For the image block specifically, like rounding the corners, which you can set the default style for. There are the image settings, including alt text, the image size, the width and height, and so on. Now in this case, we’re just going to change the alignment as an example, and move that to the center. And you see here that if we change our minds, and we’d like to use a different image, there’s a replace option too.
So the next block we’re going to look at as we click on the inserter is the heading block. And this allows you to add headings or subsections to your post or page.
Again, because this is a text based block, the options that you see in the toolbar are relatively similar to what you see for the paragraph block. But you’ll see here that we have an option to change what type of heading it is. So by default, it’s inserted at the h2 level. And in this toolbar, or over in the block settings on the right, there’s the option to change the level all the way from age one down to age six. Here we can change if it’s italicize, bold, the text alignment.
And then as we click on the next block that we’ll explore, we’re going to work on creating a list This is really helpful if you’re someone who likes to create lists posts of any type. And by default, it will open an unordered list for you. So here, I’m just writing out my plan for becoming famous.
And I’m looking at it and I think that it might be better to do in order. So clicking on this icon in the toolbar allows me to change it to an ordered post. And there’s also options to do things like change the indentation, the text formatting and such. And then if you go over to the settings bar on the right, you’ll see once again, it lists what kind of block it is for you. And there’s a few additional settings like reversing the list order if you want to do things backwards, and a few others specific just to the lists. And finally, we’ll add a quote block. And this is a great option for if you’re quoting someone in your post or page, or even just want to highlight a specific sentence or phrase that you said, in my theme in particular, you can see that quotes are defined by that little red line on the left side. And in this case, I didn’t choose the most original quote, but you know, I didn’t say it. So I’m including this as a quote. And this post, you can see some additional options for how you’d like to format it. And here at the bottom, much like an image caption, you can add who said the quote, and you’ll see that little citation in the display on your site on the front end, and in this block as well. And again, as with the other blocks, you can see in that sidebar on the right, there’s some additional settings. Now I’d like to explore a little bit the embed block. So I’m actually going to think search for this, just to bring it up a little bit more quickly. And with the embed block, you can take a URL from any site and paste it into this URL field here and click embed. What I would recommend is actually taking a look at that link that says learn more about embeds to see which embeds are specifically supported. But in this case, to start just to show you an example, I’m actually going to take a link from my personal site, which is a WordPress site and see what it does here.
So I’m going to click on that tab, get the URL, paste it into that field, and click on embed. And as you can see, in this case, it just shows up as a link. And that just depends on my site and the other Site Settings. In this case, it is the WordPress block. As you can see the icon changed both in the right sidebar, and in the toolbar above. And this will happen again, we’re going to try one more embed. And in this case, we’re going to use a link from YouTube to see how the embed block plays with that. So we’ll grab this link, paste it into the URL field, click embed one more time. And again, you can see that this was automatically converted to the YouTube embed block, which is pretty cool. And this one’s WordPress, just to show the difference. And of course, as with any block, you can click on the block, you will see the different options available in that toolbar on the on the top including, as well as some of the other additional settings in the right sidebar. So in this case, just showing an example of playing around with different sizes for the video, and things like that. So as you scroll up, you can see we have a number of blocks here. And they’re coming together to build our posts.
So from here, what I’d like to show is, what if you want to change the order. So as you click on the block, you can see on the left, there is a little toolbar that pops up with arrows that bring that can move the block up by one to the top or down one to the bottom. Or you can just click on one of the arrows and then drag and drop the block into a different position.
And there you have it, we’ve moved that block to the top, we have a post and we’re gonna go ahead and publish. So we can we can click on publish, and we’ll go look at the posts to see what it would look like if someone was coming to my site and saw this post. So as you can see, even though we’re looking at every as individual blocks as we edit, when someone visits our site, that’s not how it looks on the front end, it just looks like a regular post. So the block elements are really just a helpful way for you to think about how to structure your content. And even more. So it’s a helpful way for developers, plugin developers, theme developers to engage in this new editor and create different features for you as well. But for us, we’re mostly looking at blocks as just a way to build them all together to create a full post a holistic post, when visitors come to our site. So the block experience really just exists on your end as the writer and as the editor, because like I said, this is the Block Editor. So it only shows up in that side and doesn’t actually change the front end. So what I’d like to do now is actually write a post together.
So we can see what this looks like in action, so to speak, as as if I were writing a blog post on my site. So I’m going to go create a new post. And in this case, I’m going to write a post about a trip I took a couple of months ago at the beginning of the year, to share with my readers about what I thought and what I liked the best. So I took a few notes on what I wanted to talk about in a different document. So I’m going to go ahead and open that and copy this in. And I wanted to do this just as an example of you know, sometimes you write notes for your posts in different places. And when you copy and paste, you can see that automatically, the editor splits this into two separate blocks to dis two separate paragraph blocks. Now in this case, I had originally had visiting Lisbon as kind of a heading a title. Now, of course, that’s the name of my posts. So I’m actually just going to convert this into a heading using those arrows that you see in the toolbar. And this transformed to option. So to do that, I’ll click on heading, you can see it already looks different. And I’m going to insert a heading about what this section of my post is about.
And from here, I’m going to go ahead and add a new block. And I’m thinking that as visitors come to my site, I want them to have to click through to see the whole story. So I’m going to insert a more block here. And this will create a button on my post page that will tell readers to click on that link to continue reading. And then from here, I’m just going to start a new paragraph block, continue writing about where I stayed. And what I liked about the neighborhood, which was of course the food.
So as I write this out with a paragraph, a paragraph with some text formatting, I’m going to move on to the next section, the next block in my post, and I’m going to insert a picture, I’m going to insert a picture of that pastry that I was just talking about. So in this case, I’m going to drag and drop the image from this folder I have on my computer.
And now that picture is inserted. So I’m going to go ahead and write a caption. Just to remind people that this is really was delicious.
So it looks like it’s starting to come together. Now after this picture, I think I want to insert a quote from an article I read actually about a little bit about the history of this pastry. So I’m going to insert a quote block like we showed earlier. We’re going to go to that website and copy the text that I want to include. That’s a really nice description of what it tastes like. And then I can write the citation so I can say where this quote is from. So I get the title of the article, and I copy the link.
And I’m just gonna highlight that paste the link. So as anyone reads that quote, they can actually click on that and read the rest of the article.
So I’m gonna write a little bit more in a paragraph block. As you can see, like I said before the paragraph block, really, if you’re reading something tech space, kind of ends up being the foundational block that you use for the majority of what you’re writing.
And now I’m going to go back to one of those embed blocks, I’m going to add a YouTube block, and copy this YouTube video I found of a walking tour of a neighborhood in Lisbon. And this will embed that video directly into this post. So you can see that it’s embedded in the block. But also when visitors see it will show up just like that when they actually look at the post. And as we scroll up, we see this is this is looking like a blog post, it looks like a real post.
And as I click on the inserter, I think that there’s one more block that I want to add. And that’s the cover block. And if you’ve used featured images, this is this is a little bit like a featured image, it inserts a photo into your post or your page with a few additional formatting options where you can have a text overlay, you can align the image in a different way you can have it really featured at the throughout your posts at any point as a nice visual.
So here, I’m just going to play a little bit with the formatting of this cover image, I’ve moved it up to the top of the page. So we’re going from the title, block, cover block, down to the heading, paragraph, and so on. And now I’m just going to play around a little bit with some different options available to see what I like or don’t like. And one thing I always like to say is that it’s pretty hard to break everything, especially if you’re you’re in your editor, just writing a post. So I encourage you to really play around and experiment. And as you do that, just kind of be mindful of what you’re changing what you’re working on in case you do want to convert it back. But really have fun and explore what the different settings are. So as I go down in my posts, I realized, I’d like to add another heading to kind of split things up a little bit more, so there’s not too much text on a row. So I’ve added one more heading block, scrolling down, and I think this is pretty much ready to go. So I’m going to publish, confirm that I’m ready to publish. And then we’ll click on View post to see what this looks like. And there you have it. This is our posts that we’ve built in the Block Editor. And once again, it it comes together holistically on the front end, you don’t see that block distinction, you can’t look at it and say Oh, that’s a that’s a paragraph block. It’s really just the editing experience that we’re referring to when we talk about the blocks.
Now I’m going to go to my homepage, so you can see all of my blog posts. And I just want to show that this is where you can see that more block that we added where it has the continue reading button. Want to click back on the post, because I want to show a little bit what it’s like to edit the post too. So if you’re like me probably published a post. And after looking at it, you go Oh, wait, I want to add something else. Let me change it. So of course, this doesn’t change the editing experience much. But there’s a few additional options I’d like to show you here. So in this case, I’m just going to add a sign off file, I’m writing a lot of posts about my travels, maybe I want people to write in the comments, some of the plate their favorite places that they’ve been. And I think I could probably separate that little sign off from the rest of my content a little bit better. So I’m going to go ahead and add in one of those layout element related blocks the separator and you can see it as a nice little separator between the end of my post and then that that sign off, so to speak. So we’ll update, scroll down. And you can see that those two new blocks are added there now.
Now one other thing I would also like to show is using the Block Editor in a page. Now the experience isn’t really different. It’s the same thing. We need to be in an area of your site that’s that you can edit the text. And this case, I’m going to use one of the pages that came with the WordPress install, so to speak, because, you know, this is a new site, and I’m thinking maybe I want people to know a little bit About Me as they read my blog. So I’m going to take this default text, highlight it, delete it, and then just replace it with my information a little bit about me talking about that. I’m a travel blogger. And I’m using this blog to share my favorite experiences of different places, but I’ve been
I don’t think I need too much more here. But I am going to add another cover block to kind of add a little visual interest. So I’ll select one of my photos to upload to that cover block. And play around a little bit more with the with the different options here. So in this case, I’ll add a little text overlay, I’m going to have the image be full with the full width of the site. So it really stands out.
And that’s it.
So I’ll go ahead and update this page. And we’re updating it, we’re updating it because it was already created. So this isn’t a new page, we’re just personalizing it. And as you can see, this is how the cover image displays on this page with those settings. And that brings us back to our homepage. So we’ve just written a post and a page in the Block Editor. Now from here, we’ve covered the basics. We’ve talked a little bit about what the most common blocks are, how to use them. And we’ve used them to put together both a post and a page with some of the different block elements that we would commonly use. I’d like to talk a little bit about some kind of a little bit more advanced options or intermediate options if you are really into the Block Editor or just want to learn more. If you’re someone who’s maybe considering helping others make websites or you just really like to tinker, I’d like to cover a few different options for how you can continue to grow your knowledge to feel more and more comfortable with the Block Editor. So to do that, I’m going to go back to that edit post page, just to dig into a few other examples.
And the first thing I’d like to point out is going to be in the paragraph block. So for now, I’m just going to highlight the word Portugal in the accent color for this theme red. And then I’d like to go to this menu on the right side and click on Edit as HTML. Now this is an option that exists. And obviously, it’s certainly not necessary if you’re not integrating an HTML. But if you are, you can see that adding that color has added a little bit of inline CSS to our to our paragraph block right here. And I’m just going to show it a little bit more by adding the HTML tag to make the text bold. So if you’re someone who likes HTML, or if you want to debug to if you ever see anything weird with the layout and your paragraph, maybe you copy and pasted something, you’re not sure what’s going on, you can use this option to check out the HTML behind that text. And as you can see, we’ve clicked back to go visually, and you can see that portugal is now read and bold, just like we should. Here you can also duplicate a block and remove a block through that specific menu, the three dots on the right side of the toolbar.
And then the next option we’ll look at are the kind of use a use case here where you know I’ve said, I’m a travel blogger in this instance. So this might be a kind of sign off for my posts that I want to use all the time. In which case, I can go to that menu and add this to the reusable blocks. So you can give this block a name, call it sign off text. And then if you go to the block inserter one more time, you’ll see that there’s now a category for reusable blocks. And here, as we expand it, you’ll see that paragraph with that text that I saved is now available to be reused in any part of my site that uses the Block Editor. So it’s really helpful if there’s text that you use repeatedly. Of course, you can remove the block from your reusable blocks as well and it will disappear.
Now in this case, we do actually want to keep using that text. So I’m going to bring it back in And then we’re going to explore the How to group blocks together. So in this case, I am adding the social icons to the bottom of my posts. So if I want my readers to check out my other websites, if I have a Facebook page, by default and includes the WordPress, I can buy a WordPress link by default. But you can also add these other items as well by filling out the related links to your profile.
So I’m just going to highlight these blocks. And then click on the More Options menu and group to group them together. I apologize, they accidentally added an empty block to this group, but you can get the idea. Now, because we’ve grouped these blocks together, when I move them around the page, they all move together. And you can even add this group to a reusable block. So in this instance, this kind of use case, if I’m always going to have the signup and I always want people to go to my social media sites, I can just save this group of blocks and insert it into any post going forward without having to rewrite anything. So as we update the page, we’ll scroll to the bottom. And you can see now we have those social media links there. And everything’s all updated. And from here, I’m going to go into another step for kind of leveling up. And that is installing the Gutenberg plugin, which is not installed on my site just yet. So I’m going to do that now. And as you can see, it happens to be on the first page here. So Gutenberg is a plugin that where a lot of the tools for the Block Editor are developed and tested before being being included in the WordPress software itself, which means that the features that are in the Gutenberg plugin, many of them may later be added to WordPress, so that anyone who downloads WordPress and sets up their site on WordPress will have those features. But a lot of other features that aren’t part of that existing Gutenberg now, so if you like the Block Editor, if it’s something you’re interested in, if it’s just something that you’d like to become more specialized into, especially I mentioned before, if you’re someone who’s maybe looking to learn how to build sites for other people, this can be a really useful way to become even more and more familiar with the features and the Block Editor, and how to teach them to others and how to leverage them in different ways. So if you saw the Gutenberg Gutenberg plugin, once you activate it, you can see there’s a few options added to your sidebar in your WP admin. Right now we’re at the Block Editor handbook. This is geared more towards developers and people who are specifically developing and creating websites, themes, plugins with the Block Editor. So this is a little bit more technical, it is a resource that exists. But if you look and you see this link here that says Block Editor support documentation, that’s where you’re going to see most of the tutorials that are going to be most useful for you in terms of how to use the editor. If you’re unsure if you forget something about how a block is supposed to work, how to add a block, some additional changes, you can find this documentation here. So again, we’ll go back to the Gutenberg menu in our dashboard. And here, there’s another menu item called experiment. And here are different features that are maybe in development, or still kind of more experimental, that are part of the Gutenberg plugin. So this is something where you can help with testing things out if you want to kind of see what’s coming down the line, some potential new features, this is an interesting option. I recommend it. Definitely if you’re feeling really comfortable with the Block Editor or if it’s a site just for fun, and you like that kind of experience of tinkering. Otherwise, this is just an option. You know, if you’re learning how to make sites for other people, if you like to tinker, do you like kind of going to the the next level, seeing how you can take it even further. That is just an option that’s available, but definitely not necessary or needed for publishing with the Block Editor in and of itself. And that wraps things up for our intro to publishing with the Block Editor. I hope that this workshop has been useful for you and I know that your discussions with your discussion group will be even more helpful. Hopefully this covers everything that you need to know and definitely reach out to your discussion group leaders and others participating with you to learn more and keep experimenting with the Block Editor. Have fun.
I am a Community Wrangler sponsored by Automattic and based in the New York area. I spend most of my time contributing to the Polyglots, Community, and Training teams. My WordPress journey began about 10 years ago, when I started my blog while working as a freelance writer. In my offline life, I love travel, coffee, dogs, and learning languages.