The WordPress world seems to need more teachers and learning resources. There are plenty of themes already.
— Galin Simeonov (@galins) January 31, 2013
Closely aligned with local idea is education and this idea of IRL or elements of being fully present and physical with technology. Education is the hidden gem of the tech world as a trillion dollar industry that few have been able to really tap into. Education may be the 5th wave.
I shared how the first 4 waves of the internet could be easily summed up as:
And how the 5th wave is something of significant interest to entrepreneurs and those that are on the edge of technology.
I believe that Galins is half-way right insofar as the fact that there needs to be more education around WordPress – it’s something that we here at WP Daily are passionate about and something we’ve already discussed internally for 2013.
The other half is that I believe that we should continue to promote and encourage new theme developers to create their own products and/or companies – there’s no reason to discourage any budding entrepreneur to not try their shot at building the next best theme out there. Why not. Competition is good and is one of the sources of quality innovation.
Yes, there are tons of themes out there but we still have room for more. We should help these authors, though, be wise and use best practices when we can – which is one value that we have here at WP Daily. It is far better to have educated and quality products than mediocre and mere copy-cats.
Perhaps we need to create this WordPress School or WordPress University of sorts. Perhaps it could be funded and/or partnered with the WordPress Foundation and leverage the already-existing passion of the Events Team / Meetups and WordCamps.
Would you teach at it? Would you attend if there was such a thing? Let’s dream a little, shall we?