WordCamp for Gutenberg?

Another Gutenberg Post

We shape our tools and afterwards our tools shape us.

Marshall McLuhan

Matt Mullenweg blogged recently about Gutenberg, here's a quote:

Creating great software will never make every person happy. We’re not creating The Perfect Product, we’re choosing a path between many good options, weighing all of the inevitable trade-offs that come from a change, listening, shipping, and then doing it all over again. Iterating. My life’s work is improving WordPress. I firmly believe that Gutenberg is the direction that will provide the most benefit to the maximum number of people while being totally in line with core WordPress’s philosophies and commitment to user freedom. So keep giving us your feedback, and let’s push through the fear together. It’s worth a little discomfort to change the world.

I really like the idea of pushing through the fear together. The discomfort will probably be worth it, but if I were a hobbyist or a small business owner, I’m not sure what I’d be thinking right now – hope that all the plugins I use migrate in time?

I bet that the development community could come up with a great solution if we all joined more actively in learning about the problem and working on solutions. What about a WordCamp for Gutenberg? A hackathon focused on the project? WordCamp US could be a space but it might be nice to have a more targeted, more contributor-focused event solely for the future of the editor/fields API/metaboxes.

It'd be cool to measure the percentage of commits to Gutenberg from Automatttic employees vs. the rest of the community. My hypothesis is that if we all learned a little more about Gutenberg and maybe even invited/paid/blackmailed some more WordPress big names to get involved, we'd be even more successful at pushing through the fear together. A WordCamp for Gutenberg might be just the thing we need.

Posted Sep. 3 2017, 10:04 am by davis