Three WordPressers Making a Splash

From new books to prestigious awards, bloggers have been busy this fall.

It always makes us happy to hear about the achievements of writers, photographers, and artists who choose as their home on the web. Today, let’s celebrate recent exciting news from Gaia Vince, Max Becherer, and Rolli.

A writer with a message

Science writer and editor Gaia Vince has chronicled her travels around the world on her blog, Wandering Gaia.

adventures in the anthropocene cover

The resulting book, Adventures in the Anthropocene: A Journey to the Heart of the Planet We Made, is an absorbing (and chilling) account of the ways in which humans are rapidly transforming the environment — often for the worse.

Earlier this fall, Adventures in the Anthropocene won the prestigious Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books, bringing Vince’s work, along with the important topics she covers, back to the spotlight. She joins a list of illustrious past winners, including Stephen Hawking, Stephen Jay Gould, and Jared Diamond.

Going underground in Afghanistan

Photojournalist Max Becherer has been covering war-torn Iraq and Afghanistan since 2003, and his work has appeared in leading publications like TIME and the New York Times. His latest project, however, leaves war in the background; instead, he focuses on Afghanistan’s less-known emerald miners (and the communities around them).


Photo by Max Becherer

Dynamite and Prayers: Emerald Miners of Afghanistan contains visceral, dynamic portraits of people and landscapes that far too often remain invisible. You can hear Max discuss this project — and his work more broadly — in an interview on HeatherBlog.

A new platform for an accomplished artist

Based in Regina, Saskatchewan, writer and cartoonist Rolli has published several books, including the recent I Am Currently Working On a Novel. His comics regularly appear in the Wall Street JournalAdbusters, and elsewhere.

rolli cartoon

Comic by Rolli

Rolli has recently embarked on another exciting adventure, finding his cerebral, off-kilter work a new home at The Walrus, one of Canada’s most prestigious magazines. You should check out his weekly contributions — both his flash fiction pieces and comics are bite-sized, thought-provoking treats.

Do you have an achievement to celebrate with us? We’d love to hear about it — let us know in the comments. 

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  1. semisweettooth

    This is amazing – I’m so proud to say that I’m working in a similar platform as these individuals. CHEERS to making the world a better place through this fantastic, dynamic form of media!


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  2. Daniel Valenzuela

    Nice job Gaia Vince, Max Becherer, and Rolli! Keep up the good work. 🙂

    Liked by 3 people

  3. Ruby Browne

    I published my first book–Unrailed–last month!

    Liked by 4 people

  4. A Journey With You

    Thanks for exposing me to some great blogs!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. sheismelrose

    This is really inspiring helpful reminder to not give up.

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  6. amanpan

    Congratulations! Well deserved for stellar accomplishments.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. isobel cunningham

    How wonderful to have a “home” to tell people about my recently published book of poetry. It is entitled “Northern Compass” and is available on and Many of the poems in the book were born out of blogging posts written for. my WordPress blog. The poems feature work about Montreal, my home city and San Miguel in Mexico where I go for the wonderful writers’ conference in February. Check out the Amazon site. One reviewer even compared my work to a other Montreal poet, Leonard Cohen (I’m blushing) I canhonestly say I would never have produced this book if I had not started blogging .

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  8. jabrush1213

    Inspiring post!

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  9. kevfoodie

    This is great , it shows others that you can accomplish big things by getting your voice/content out there for the world to see. Thanks wordpress!

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Born To Organize

    Terrific accomplishments, one and all.

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  11. Duke

    That’s some oldschool theme Max is using, full love for old wordpress users. I will never change my dawn to dusk…

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  12. Anand

    Thank you for introducing us to these wonderful bloggers.

    There are times when an achiever uses a WordPress blog to tell the world about his achievements, then there are times when being on WordPress and being a part of the WordPress community drives you to achieve something.

    WordPress brought out the humor-writer that was hidden within me, and my visitors, mostly the WordPress bloggers motivated me to start publishing the bimonthly QSM Magazine. The growth in the subscriptions and the readership has kept me fueled up and the third issue is coming our in December. I blog at and I love being a WordPress Blogger.

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  13. rolliwrites

    Thanks, all – and thanks, WordPress. Keep creating. You just never know who’ll stumble across your blog. I’ve had a lot of editors and publishers solicit work from me based on things they read/saw on my blog, including the folks at the Walrus. Patience pays off, believe me.

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  14. dnablogger

    Hello. I am about to be one of those successful wordpressers. I am writing a book. You can check out my blog @
    Also, where do you find the community pool? I wanna take a splash. 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

  15. titsernomore

    This gets me going..

    Liked by 2 people

  16. flamesandfireflies

    Woww.I am a new blogger at wordpress and this post really motivates me to keep on writing.I am glad I joined wordpress.

    Liked by 4 people

  17. Andre K.

    great to read these success stories! goes to show the possibilities of wordpress! I guess my accomplishment lies in just starting my own blog for now but I am already striving for more 😉 Check it out if you are interested in nutrition, training and spirituality.

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  18. lifenhealthbalance

    An inspiration to possibilities beyond!

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  19. authoranitabevans

    WordPress is an awesome venture for blogging. I published my first novel Awakening Promise last month and have now opened my page. I am finding the experience to be very exciting

    Liked by 3 people

  20. WalrUS!

    I am a newbie wordpresser willing to learn 😄

    Liked by 1 person

  21. RonniN

    It’s always encouraging to see others who endeavor to share their art get noticed! I haven’t “made it” yet, but every time I participate in something with WP community, my readership increases exponentially. So I definitely encourage joining Blogging U and other community activities. Who knows? Maybe someday more of us will be “discovered” and our work will reach beyond the blogosphere! 🙂

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  22. naduvathery

    WordPress is a wonderful site, very highly professional. I’m now writing a short story and a non-fiction book. It’s highly motivating, easy to use and the team is very supportive. Thank you so much.

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