Quick Disclaimer: I personally have never released a WordPress plugin.
One of the beautiful things about WordPress is the sheer magnitude of plugins that add some truly amazing capabilities to our websites and most of them are free. It’s easy to overlook how much time and energy go into developing those plug-ins, not to mention the support many of them provide. To show that we don’t take free for granted and appreciate what those developers have done for us I’m trying to start a movement that I hope will catch on with everyone that uses even a single WordPress plugin.
On March 1st, 2010 I’m suggesting that we all make a $5 donation to our favorite plug-in or plug-in developer.
UPDATE: I’ve been seeing good traction with this and alot of people in various forums, twitter, etc.. have said they want to participate so rather than leaving comments here (which you are still welcome to do) we’re encouraging people to tweet about it on March 1st after they make their donation. To make it easy to track here is some suggested language and a hash-tag (#wppdd : WordPress Plugin Donation Day)
“I just donated to insert plugin name” #wppdd
Alternate ($ amount optional of course):
“I just donated to Plugin Developer to say thanks for the PluginName [insert short URL to plugin page or author]” – #wppd
“I just donated $x to Plugin Developer to say thanks for the PluginName [insert short URL to plugin page or author]” – #wppd
Let’s spread the word as much as we can bewtween now and March 1 and see what it takes to get a topic to trend on that day.
Right now I’m pledging $100 to 20 different plug-in developers ($5 each) just to say thanks.
I’ll throw out as much link love, twitter love and any other love as I can to the top donors and at least a link to everyone who comes back to leave a comment and tells us what they did.
It just feels like the right time to say thank you to those who have given us so much of their time. Help me spread the word but letting people know, point them here, tweet it, whatever you can do. And remember the date is March 1.
If you would like a reminder add your name and e-mail below. Note I will NOT be using this form to add you to my mailing list (you can do that in my sidebar separately if you wish). This will only be used to send you 2 reminders, one on Feb 28th and one on March 1st to make your donation and come back to let us know who you chose and why.