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Introverts and social events in the workplace

Before we get into discussing introverts and social events in the workplace, I wanted to say that I am blessed to be here, safe, and healthy. I wish the same for my readers. 2020 was a hell of a year, and while things have improved somewhat, the pandemic is still a very real thing that we’re still juggling. Not everyone took up yoga, learned a new language or baked new recipes since the pandemic started, and that’s okay.

My last post here was literally right before the pandemic kicked in full swing and all of NY went on lockdown. My social media presence and writing pretty much stopped as a result. It was what I needed at the time, and I encourage everyone to also take time to do what’s best for you and yours. This pandemic is still not over regardless of all the “back to normalcy” things happening, and so it’s okay to focus on self care. 🌻 This post is also my way of practicing self care.

Now that I’m finally here to write though, I thought there was no better way to start than with a mental health post. I want to talk about introverts and social events in the workplace. It’s a topic that is near and dear to my heart. This perspective still feels taboo to share because it doesn’t currently fit the mold of most workplaces in a positive light. However, workplaces have shifted, and are becoming more flexible as well as open-minded. It seemed like the right time to bring up the topic.

(Note: This is a very long post. It’s over a decade’s worth of feelings that are finally out in the world, hence the mini-novel. But I understand if you want to skip straight to the point. You can read my bulleted summary under “How Can WorkPlaces Improve Social Events for Introverts?“)

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Quick Tip: Add help text above the Publish button

True to my quick tips series, this is a new quick tip! How to add help text above the Publish button on the WordPress admin.

This is a straightforward function. Maybe you want to add a reminder for users before they publish? Maybe you even want to prevent them from publishing based on post meta? If the latter sounds like what you want, then I have a tutorial that can help: How to intercept post publishing based on post meta

If you’re here just to add text above the Publish button, that’s cool too. The snippet is listed below the cut.

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Quick Tip: What is a WordPress Archive?

Whenever I’m talking WordPress to someone, I have a habit of using terminology that is specific to WordPress. Problem is, not everyone is familiar with said terminology, and sometimes I need that reminder. At the same time, I want those that I work with, to become comfortable with the WordPress “lingo” being used as it probably won’t be the last time they’ll encounter it. That is my inspiration for this newest quick tip. We’ll be diving into one of these words that I say often – the “archive”. What is a WordPress archive? How can we, as developers, benefit from it?

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Quick Tip: WordPress “get” and “the” template functions

If you’re learning how WordPress templates work, there are two kinds of functions you’ll see a lot. What I like to call, the “get” and “the” template functions. If you haven’t noticed by now, there are functions in WordPress that seemingly do the same thing, so what is the difference? When do you use either one? Here are some examples:

“Get” function “The” function
get_the_title the_title
get_the_excerpt the_excerpt
get_the_permalink the_permalink
get_the_post_thumbnail the_post_thumbnail
get_the_date the_date
*get_the_content the_content

I learned PHP through WordPress first, before I went on to solidify my PHP knowledge outside of it. If you’re in the same boat that I was, even if you’re not a beginner in other languages like HTML and Css, here is how I learned these functions.

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