I’m sad and mourning along with the community the loss of Alex King, who died from cancer after a battle of over two years.
Alex was one of my web heroes! I followed his blog closely during my formative years, used his task software and WordPress plugins, and once upon a time reached out to apply for a job in his company, at a time when I was just beginning to develop WordPress sites full-time. (It didn’t work out since the position was Denver-based and I lived in an RV, and wanted a remote position).
He inspired me in person as well; I met him first at WordCamp Utah in 2008 where he gave a talk about new tools from Crowd Favorite, including the Carrington theme and framework. Ran into him again in 2010 at WordCamp Boulder—and enjoyed talking shop with him then, and over the years at other WordCamps.
I admired Alex’s pragmatism, friendly writing, and open speaking style—and his technically savvy blog posts inspired me to do better work, to think more clearly. He contributed an enormous amount to WordPress, the open source community, and to the web. He’ll be missed.
Photo credit: Sheri Bigelow.