Why can’t it be easier to share articles on WordPress?

I’ve always wondered why WordPress was never included in the share here icon sets:

Showing share this icons that are typically seen on a site which usually include: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, What's App, Pinterest, Email, etc.

Even this gigantic list of share options from Monarch fails to mention WordPress:

33 different sharing options, not one of them WordPress.
We’ve got 33 share options but WordPress ain’t one…

But it includes Amazon! 🤔I don’t even know how that would work…

Even on articles suggesting we ditch Facebook in favor of posting on our own personal websites there’s no easy way to do so:

In this article which suggests we ditch Facebook in favor of posting on our own personal websites, the only two sharing options are for Facebook and Twitter.
Only share options are Facebook and Twitter, on a post suggesting we replace Facebook with personal websites.

When searching for WordPress plugins that add social sharing icons to your site, one of the top results is a post from bloggingwizard.com which lists their Top 11 WordPress Social Sharing Plugin Recommendations for 2018: not one of them includes sharing to their own personal WordPress site.

There are two easy ways to share… sort of…

The WordPress iOS app does make it quite easy to share via the iOS share options:

Screenshot of iOS sharing options.

However you have to enable the setting via the More menu, so if you don’t know to look for it, it’s kind of hidden:

Screenshot of iOS more sharing options.

And on WordPress.com sites you can go to Configure > Share > Sharing Buttons settings to add a WordPress repost like the one you see at the bottom of this post*. 😁

Screenshot of WordPress.com's sharing button settings.

*Although it only shows up for viewers that are logged in to their WordPress.com account. Whomp, whomp. ☹️

Which brings us back to the fact that there’s no real easy way for someone to share a post like this on their own self-hosted WordPress website, at least not as easy as we’ve made it to share on Facebook, Twitter, and the like.

bummer dude.

My Professional Mission Statement

Towards the end of this year the Automattic Design Organization has helped us to explore and discover what our personal professional mission statement would be as a way in which we can both individually and collectively take ownership of our growth and development. 

We used this Mural as the template for the conversation. It helped us:

  1. Brainstorm past successes, strengths, opportunities, and passions as they relate to you and your professional development.
  2. Rank items in each category from most to least important. We worked with our team leads to vote on the top three most important items. Ideally, picking items that will have the most impact. For example, if we focus on A, it will also have an effect on B and C.
  3. Develop a strategic action plan by answering the following questions:
    1. How do you use your successes to take advantage of opportunities?
    2. How do you overcome weaknesses preventing you from taking advantage of opportunities?
    3. How can your strengths reduce the probability of stagnation?
    4. What can you do about your opportunity areas to align to your areas of passion?

Steps two and three were a collaborative discussion with our team lead that resulted in 3, 6, and 12 month goal timelines.

When @johnmaeda, Head of Design and Inclusion, at Automattic asked me if I could summarize my PPM into a 280 character statement he helped me refine it to a place where I could then put it out to the world saying:

The web is your coloring book. You’re at a company where this is what we’re (supposed to be) good at. Just fill in the blanks. And all will go the way you want.

John Maeda

And thus my PPM was born:

I am a classically-trained designer who is passionate about the customer experience who strives to deepen research practices among designers while taking full advantage of my operational and leadership skills.

Maria Scarpello

P.S. We’re hiring!

The journey begins… again.

Back to blogging again! It’s something I’ve wanted to do for far too long now, mainly knowing my growing distrust and distain for Facebook, but also to get back using the product that got me to where I am in my life today. Quite the journey it’s been I must say!
I’ll be writing more about my thoughts on this in the weeks, months, and hopefully years to come. If you’d like to be notified of my posts in the future, sign up below! Good company makes the journey better.
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