In 2017, I attended my first WordCamp conference — WCEU in Paris. I was thrilled. It was thrilling. I engaged and interacted with some of the most inspiring people I have met from all over the world.
Beyond that, I asked Matt Mullenweg a question — and my question seemed to shock the entire audience of thousands of WordPress developers, designers, creatives, users and more. The huge auditorium was so quiet, you could hear a pin drop. If you want to watch a short excerpt from the event, please feel free to follow this link [ http://fun.freezine.org/2018/02/22/woohoo-wordpress-advanced-search ].
In the following years, I feel that WordPress (and Automattic) have made significant strides in the direction of my somewhat less than completely humble request: improving search (aka “information storage and retrieval”) with WordPress. Improving “natural language search” is very high on my own “bucket list” of priorities — one of a few things I hope to achieve (or at least make significant contributions towards) in my lifetime. Even at the time (in 2017), Matt himself said that my aspirations were very “forward-thinking”.
I have a few other “bucket list” items that are also WordPress related. In the intervening 5 years, I also attended WCEU in Berlin. I have now met with quite a few leaders in the WordPress arena and I also wish for more engagement in this direction … to collectively create the world we want. Increasingly, people are becomeing more and more aware that it is ultimately we who are responsible for grabbing the bull by the horns and steering us towards the future world we want.
Here (and now), I want to invite more engagement. I have tried this before, and I feel I need to try it again. Maybe the most simple and straightforward way is to simply ask people to add their own “two cents”, and then (if appropriate) I will extend an invitation to participate more. Beyond that, I think it is best to refrain from “Great Expectations” and simply wait and see.