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Hi! Welcome to issue #8 of my newsletter - I'm Glad You Asked. Below you'll find a bunch of stuff you didn't ask for, but will hopefully enjoy.

We'll start with some WordPress news and stuff you should add to your calendar. I'll list out some of my favorite resources and reads from the past few weeks. Following that, the newest stuff I've been up to and we'll wrap up with a mindset challenge.

Let's get started!

🗣 What's new in WordPress 5.8?

Don't you just love the fresh new-code smell of a new WordPress release? Get familiar with all the cool stuff that will be packaged in next time you hit that beautiful blue Update button.

🗣 Goodbye

Never have I missed being a Community Manager with a budget so much. This site, which I've used for ages to find events all over the world, is going under. Such an underrated yet useful piece of our community. :(

🗣 So... I guess WooCommerce broke?

I swear, I take two weeks off and the entirety of WooCommerce catches on fire! Just kidding. But for real. Here is everything you need to know about the latest WooCommerce vulnerability.

🔗 My Favorite Links

Here are some of my favorite links from the past few weeks. Some is WordPress related, some isn't. But hopefully there's something cool in here you can use!

Be positive today! (source)

👩🏾‍💻 Newest From Me

Things I've been enjoying:
📺 The Black Widow movie - which I loved!
📙 Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (audiobook)
🎶 Japanese jazz
🌮 Lots of good Austin food

My first ever post on the Kinsta blog will be live soon! It was a fairly technical one that went a bit over my head. But learning on the job is half the fun. Most from me + Kinsta is coming very soon!

The Open Source Economist is almost over - just one more episode left to drop! You can binge the entire thing (hosted and written by Christie Chirinos, edited by me) right here.

Fem Tech Conf - one of my favorite tech conferences ever - is coming up and this year I'm a speaker! Sign up here and hear me talk about diverse spaces and how you're probably doing yours wrong.
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💌 A Challenge

So this is the part of the newsletter where I provide a mindset challenge for you to focus on until my next issue. This is something I am currently working on myself.

People might be attracted to you based on what you have in common. But they will value you based on what you have that is unique.

I grew up with Disney Channel shows and feel-good movies that all preached the same idea - if you "just be yourself" (whatever that means) everything will work out. Let your freak flag fly, march to the beat of your own drum, blah blah blah.

This comes into contrast with the very natural impetus for people to gravitate together based on commonalities. Birds of a feather flock together, right?

I've been thinking about this a lot as I struggle to make friends as an adult. After moving to a new city, I've been thinking a lot about how I will build new relationships here. And I think both mentalities are equally true and equally important. I make friends most frequently based on things I have in common with someone. It's why I was initially attracted to my husband as well as most of my closest friends.

But when I think about the best relationships in my life, I think of the new things and experiences those people provide. The things they teach me and the ways they challenge me.

So if you are having trouble building new friendships or relationships in this almost-post-pandemic world, it might be a good idea to consider the common ground in which you can begin... then identify the new perspectives, ideas, or experiences you would value at this point in your life.

So that's your challenge! I'm glad you asked!
xoxo Allie

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