I have hired so many people in my lifetime that I feel weird creating a job requisite because they typically are simply boring and have all this extra fluff that means nothing but seems “standard,” right?
I mean, when was the last time you read a typical “REQ” and was like:
Wow, it sounds amazing! I want to dedicate my most precious and limited resource to this endeavor and business! I’m applying now!
Yeah, me neither.
So, I won’t create one like that for you and instead I’ll just talk about the role and how pumped I would be if you were to help us out.
WP Daily is on the fast-track of becoming one of the most successful blogs that I’ve ever been a part of. That’s saying something since I’ve grown and sold some of my blogs previously that have done very well.
To be sure, it’s not because the business potential is necessarily huge but rather because the community surrounding the blog has really showed up in a big way to support what we’re doing and provide incredible feedback – we are also covering content here about an application that has radically impacted our lives – it’s both a pragmatic thing as well as an emotional one, for sure.
And like many experiments we’re not entirely sure where we are headed – we just know that it feels right, we’re building quality stuff, and providing great value for others – even if it’s not perfect yet (and probably never will be).
But we’re having a heck of a time and a load of fun – and it’s going to become even more fun as this small blog continues to grow and scale. You see, I’ve always dreamed of having a serious blog business, like that of a TechCrunch or Mashable or Engadget or Apple Insider, with a growing team of editors, researchers, reporters, and a passionate community to boot.
I just didn’t think it would happen and I wasn’t sure how I’d make it a reality. The neat thing is that I believe WP Daily has a real shot at doing just that. In a few weeks our team here will be moving into a 3,000 square foot office space in historic downtown Atlanta and we’re going to start seriously growing this blog in those ways this year and hopefully hiring full-time staff writers that love WordPress as much as we do.
A once far and distant dream that looks more real with every passing day – it’s kind of spooky to be honest.
But we need help – we’re a bootstrapped company that’s pushing every second of every minute of every hour in an attempt to create as much value for our rapidly-growing readership. It’s not an easy job and it won’t ever get easy, but it’s a boatload of fun.
To that end, we’re going to be looking for a few blogging and editorial interns this year to help us shape this blog into something even better. Here are some general thoughts around these roles:
- Incredibly passionate about WordPress. If you just “like” it then you’re probably not the right fit. I’d expect that you would have a firm grasp on the industry at large, coverage areas, and the WordPress/open source culture.
- Ambitious and highly motivated. I’m not entirely sure what this means but I know for sure that you’ll do what it takes to create value for our readers.
- You’ll learn what it takes to work in the context of a startup. This is probably one of the best “things” about this opportunity as there’s nothing quite like a technology startup. We’ve been doing this for years and none of the core partners would do anything else. We love the challenge and we don’t mind the late nights. Our lives are centered around the hope of doing great things with minimal resources. We’ll teach you the meaning of entrepreneurship.
- I’d expect that you have a decent track record with writing online, through blogging and other digital mediums. We literally live in this world 24/7 and our readers do to. There is no need to apply if you haven’t written much as we do not have time to each you have to write online web copy because you will be writing and editing a lot.
- At any startup you wear a number of hats, not because you’re necessarily gifted and talented in everything but because human capital (besides financial capital) is limited. You may be asked to help out liveblogging an event, coordinating a meetup, providing feedback on design and development (you may even have design/development chops), or even running to get the team coffee (if you’re local, that is).
- You are also a leader and are courageous enough to think uniquely and contribute to growing a business in the context of extreme ambiguity. Lovely.
- You’d be reporting to me although you’d engage with other parts of the business.
- Must be available a minimum of 18 hours a week.
- If you’re local to Atlanta (which would be awesome) we’d love for you to hang out with us in our spacious office once a week.
- 3 month engagement with the possibility of extension.
If you have any questions please feel free to ask them publicly in the comments as it may serve to help others vet this opportunity.
I can’t wait to (digitally) meet you. Send all direct inquires to info [at] wpdaily [dot] co.
And… a video for you: