Over the past year, I've received serveral emails and offers from people offering to help me move HorsePigCow from Blogger to Wordpress. I've even cried out myself that I wanted to make the move. However, it was a complicated move and I've found myself consistently frightened by it, so it hadn't happened...until Adam Bouskila emailed me. The email exchange went like this:
"Hi, I've been reading your blog and really enjoy it, but that commenting on Blogger really annoys me. I'd be happy to help you move over to Wordpress. Adam"
"Hi Adam, thanks for the offer. I've had many offers but very few follow ups. Tara"
"Well, then we should get on it quickly as I'm traveling to Isreal in 2 weeks time. Adam"
And Adam followed through in a big way. He got me on Skype and spent his entire weekend working on it. He did an amazing job of installing some really great plugins to help me make my blog tick. I have a really awesome new 'Share This' link at the bottom of every post that does beautiful things for my readers like makes it easier to DIGG, bookmark and email posts you like. I can totally control my sidebar content without going through oodles of html. I have a neat-o spam filter. etc. You know, this is really what is so great about the web. Adam prefers Wordpress over Blogger so much that he is willing to help the people he encounters move - and give up his entire weekend (cutting his snowboarding expedition short!) to do it. Previous to a week and a half ago, I hadn't ever met Adam. Now, I would recommend his work to anyone.
Is this the new job interview? The new resume? The new referral system? Even the new reputation system? Lots of people say they do this and that, but it is demonstrating it that really makes the difference. I was also impressed with Adam's passion and tenacity.
A little while back Chris and I met Alex Hillman in a similar fashion...although this time it was Chris hanging out in IRC. We had taken on a Pro Bono client and needed to find a developer to do some work. Chris mentioned it in a discussion and Alex stepped forward. Since then, he's built all sorts of stuff with and for us (and does an amazing job) and we've recommended him several times. We'd love to hire him ourselves when we have the $$.
And these aren't the only stories. Many startups have been launched this way. People meeting, randomly, online, on irc, then working together on an unpaid project. It happens all of the time. In open source and otherwise. Many have discussed a way to actually accelerate this process through some sort of automated system or online reputation app, but there is still nothing quite like relationships that happen this way.
Before I go off on too much of a tangent, thank you so much Adam for your work this weekend and thanks everyone for sticking around (or coming over) for the transformation!