Donal asks me, "Why will [Habari] be better than WordPress?" Habari may or may not be better than WordPress, but I'm not sure that's really the right question to ask in my case. While Habari is a lot younger than WordPress, it's been developed from the start with a solid vision by people with a lot of experience with blogging software. That's all good, but it's still not why I became involved. Okay, maybe obsessed, but that's who I am.
No, it's because Habari has an open, welcoming and vibrant community, and I feel like I can make a real contribution to it. I may not be the best or most experienced coder in the world, but there are skills I can bring, and that seems genuinely valued in the community. I was never a part of the WordPress community, as many of the Habari developers were, and don't have any feelings about how functional that community is, but I hung around a bit. I did the same thing with Habari, but after hanging around for a very short time I was made to feel so welcome that I was almost forced to contribute. In WordPress I was basically ignored. Probably my issue, but hey, that's what happened.
And there are so many fun things that need doing in Habari, I can really get my hands dirty.