WordPress Community Interview With Dmitry Mayorov

Dmitry Mayorov resides in Moscow, Russia and is a developer and solo practitioner. He said he used to refer to himself as a freelancer but changed after listening to Brian Krogsgard make reference to “solo practitioner” in his Post Status podcast.

Dmitry was the lead organizer for WordCamp Moscow 2016 and is a member of the Moscow WordPress Community Meetup Group.

We discuss WordCamps, the WordPress Community and the Global WordPress Translation Day which takes place on November 12th, 2016.

WordPress Community Interview With Adam Silver and Kyle Maurer

If you were looking for an example of a close friendship that was created from being involved in the WordPress Community, look no further.

Adam Silver resides near Los Angeles, California. He is the creator of the KitchensinkWP podcast, a semi-retired professional photographer….. husband (18 years) and father of 3 kids. Adam was the lead organizer for WordCamp Los Angeles 2016.

Kyle Maurer resides in Jackson, Michigan with his wife, Ashley and is a co-fonder of Real Big Marketing. The firm uses WordPress to solve complicated issues for clients. He is the host of the WP Roundtable hangout. Kyle was the lead organizer for WordCamp Ann Arbor 2016.

The two met at WordCamp Dayton 2015 and the rest, as they say, is history. They have combined their talents and have given joint presentations which were very unique. A Rap Battle, a Political Debate and most recently a Super Hero versus a Villain, all being delivered in a humorous manner but still teaching lessons about various aspects of WordPress.

WordPress Community Interview With Varvara Lyalyagina

Varvara Lyalyagina is a WordPress user who resides in St. Petersburg, Russia. She attended her first WordCamp in Moscow with the intent of finding someone to help her with a website. She found that help and so much more. Varvara decided to apply to speak at WordCamp Moscow 2016. You can see her presentation here.

She specializes in helping people setup their blog or websites.

It is easy to see how excited Varvara is about being involved in WordPress. She talks about her first experience of meeting people at a WordCamp and how she is involved in the WordPress Community in St. Petersburg. Varvara said that the local community is in the early planning stages of having a WordCamp in that city.

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WordPress Community Interview With Caspar Hübinger

Caspar Hübinger is a web developer and is on the support team for WP Rocket with WP Media. He has attended WordPress Meetups, helped organize WordCamps and is active in the German WordPress Community.

We discuss the upcoming Global WordPress Translation Day which will take place on Saturday, November 12, 2016. If you would like to help with this project or watch the live sessions and ask questions. You can sign up here.

This was actually our second attempt for the interview. During our first chat, I neglected to check some settings. The audio was fine but the video was subpar. Caspar graciously agreed that another chat was needed and it turned out great.

Many thanks to Caspar. As has been the case on most of these interviews, it took a few weeks to get together but (to me) it was well worth the wait.


WordPress Community Interview With Doc Pop

Doc Pop (not his real name) is a Jack of all trades, a musician, artist, dramatic yo-yoist, and video game designer-wizard. He does the weekly WordPress News Drop at Torque. These are one or two minute videos talking about news in the WordPress world. I had been watching these for several months and finally decided to take a chance and contacted Doc about doing this interview. I honestly don’t know why I worry about being refused. The response and positive feedback is amazing!

Doc talks about his work at Torque (which includes the Torque Toons), attending WordCamps and creating videos.

To say that I get pumped up when I do these interviews is an understatement. I always learn something new about this Community that we are involved in.

WordPress Community Interview With Daniel J. Lewis

Daniel J. Lewis has a passion for podcasting and for helping others in their podcasting endeavors. It is easy to get caught up in his enthusiasm. I feel fortunate to have been able to chat with him for a few minutes.

I thought it might be interesting to interview somebody who uses WordPress to leverage their business.

He is an Internet entrepreneur, award-winning podcaster, podcast consultant and has been the keynote speaker at several conferences.

Near the end of the interview, Daniel discusses his search for a plugin to meet certain needs and the steps he used to find what he needed. It is worth listening to.

With Daniel being a professional, I was somewhat hesitant to interview him as I feel that I have a lot of room for improvement as far as my podcasting skills. But like all of the other interviews, he was eager to talk about his profession and was a gracious guest!

WordPress Community Interview Series with Milan Ivanovic

Milan Ivanovic is a developer at ManageWP. He resides in Belgrade, Serbia and was an organizer for WordCamp Europe 2016.

When we had our Skype video call, Milan was working remotely as he was on a WordTrip (traveling between WordCamp Split and WordCamp Gdynia).

He is a member of the Polyglots Team as a translation editor and contributor.

I do have to apologize for my appearance. It was 6:00 AM and I had not been in the shower yet.


WordPress Community Interview Series with Josepha Haden

I am very grateful to have been able to interview Josepha Haden this past Friday. This actually happened quickly and we were able to schedule a chat in just two days.

Joespha is an Automattician who is able to contribute to several area of the WordPress Community. She blogs at Stars And The Moon where she writes about a variety of subjects including food and Pepper.

She comes from a long line of writers and was challenged at a young age to be a life long learner.

At WordCamp US 2015, Josepha gave a presentation titled Communities and The Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense which was based on a book written by her grandmother, Susan Haden Elgin. There are some very interesting concepts about communication skills and patterns which make a difference on how other people perceive you.

As with the other interviews I have recorded, I learned something new while talking with Josepha. Besides that, she is one of those people who always has a smile on her face and a kind word.


WordPress Community Interview Series with Cemal Tashan

Cemal Tashan is an Electronic Engineer, a photographer, a pilot and a WordPress enthusiast. He has spoken many times about designing websites for senior citizens. He has written three books about photography.

Cemal recently visited his native Turkey and states that there is a very active WordPress Community

He is active in the Orange County WordPress Meetup group and volunteered at the recent WordCamp Orange County.


WordPress Community Interview Series with Ahmad Awais

Ahmad Awais is a Core Contributor, a Plugin Developer and also on the Polyglots Team.

He is one of the organizers of the Lahore Pakistan Meetup. The group was featured on WPTavern  last December. Over 500 people attended the meetup.

After the release of WordPress 4.6, Ahmad wrote:

WordPress 4.6 has been released. It is the 4th major version release where I was able to contribute code to the WordPress core. Giving back to the WordPress community; especially in the form of core contributions — has been an incredibly empowering and inherently humble experience for me

He is one of the moderators on the Facebook Advanced WordPress Group. The group recently held a Giveaway after surpassing 20,000 members. The WordPress Community responded by donating several thousands dollars worth of prizes. Ahmad and Maedah Batool spent over one hundred hours managing the giveaway. A complete list of prizes and sponsors can be seen here