Interview

WordPress Community Interview With Ngaire Ackerley

Ngaire Ackerley returned to her native New Zealand after spending several years working and traveling abroad. She has presented at several WordCamps and was a co-organizer of the WordPress London Meetup Group.

Ngaire presented “Designing For Website Users” at WordCamp Auckland 2017 which was held in March. Slides of her presentation can be seen HERE.

She is active in the WordPress Auckland Meetup and the local Community.

We talk about her ‘Overseas Experience’ otherwise known as ‘OE’ – which is a right of passage for many Kiwis and Australians, traveling and working their way around the world. She blogs about her travels and experiences at Kiwi Footprints.

 

WordPress Community Interview With Mitch Canter

Mitch Canter is a Senior Web Developer at Vanderbilt University. He resides in Franklin, Tennessee. He has worked with clients both as a freelancer and in an agency setting, empowering people to tell their story, both online or in-person.

I first met Mitch at WordCamp PodCamp Columbus 2010. This was my first WordCamp and supposedly one of the last combined camps.

We talk about his travels to WordCamps and social media conferences like TBEX both in the US and abroad.

Mitch is also a classically trained musician, an amateur chef, a voracious video gamer, and a youth leader with his church.

WordPress Community Interview With Bridget Willard

First, I want to sincerely thank Bridget for agreeing to be interviewed on April 30th. We had chatted a few times on Slack but have never met in real life. I was in a jam for an interview for today because of cancellations. I reached out to Bridget on Thursday morning and she quickly agreed to the interview. What makes this even more special to me was the fact that she was taking prep time away from her co-host duties for WPblab, which was taking place barely an hour after we wrapped up our interview!

Bridget Willard is the Marketing Manager at WordImpress. She started her career with office work, earned a teaching degree, but returned to the office where she carved out a career in social media and marketing.

As I mentioned, she is the co-host of WPblab and co-organizer of Women Who WP meetup.

She is a member of the Marketing Team and we talk about the Four Horseman of WordPress Marketing.

WordPress Community Interview With Denis Yanchevskiy

Denis Yanchevskiy is a developer living in Moscow, Russia. He is active in the local WordPress Community. Denis is active in the WordPress Support Forums with over 2,200 posts.

Denis has several “How To” videos on WordPress TV and would like to see more native language videos being submitted. His videos are also on YouTube.

He also participates in the Polyglots Team as a GTE, translating WordPress core, plugins, themes.

I do want to sincerely thank Denis for the extra effort he put in preparing for the interview.

When I first contacted him, he stated that his English was very limited (but then so is mine). We came up with a plan to prepare a series of questions, which Denis researched and prepared answers . It worked very well and I am very grateful for the chance to interview Denis.

WordPress Community Interview With Pascal Birchler

Pascal Birchler resides in Zurich, Switzerland and is a student and a passionate developer. He was a co-organizer of the WordPress Zurich Meetup as well as WordCamp Switzerland 2014 and 2015.

He built his first website and began blogging as a 12-year-old in 2006. He started blogging about WordPress in 2008.

Besides his studies and volunteering with the Core Team, Pascal works at required, a UX and WordPress Agency.

As an active member of the WordPress Community, he knows about the importance of giving something back.

Pascal is a committer to the WordPress core and is the lead for the upcoming 4.7.4 release.

WordPress Community Interview With Francesca Marano

Francesca Marano is a WordPress professional, community junkie, author, educator. She enjoys speaking/attending WordCamps and Meetups.

She is the founder of the website C+B, a blog for Italian female creative entrepreneurs, with an editorial staff of more than 50 professionals offering advice to women who work on their own. The website has 40,000 readers.

Francesca is a Deputy with the Community Team and helps mentor people in their efforts to organize WordCamps and Meetups.

She is also one of the organizers of WordCamp Torino and is active in the WordPress Torino Meetup group.

There is some lag between the audio and video. I tried to fix it but I was just making it worse.

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WordPress Community Interview With Jenny Beaumont

Jenny Beaumont is a multicultural, multidisciplinary maker and writer of things. She is a leader of people and of projects, who values communication above all else as a means to successful collaboration.

Jenny and Paolo Belcastro, are the co-organizers of WordCamp Europe. She is the team lead of the local WordPress Community.

We chat about the upcoming WordCamp Europe and the WordPress Community in France.

The call for volunteers and speakers has been closed but applications for a host city for WordCamp Europe 2018 is open until March 15th. Also, as of today, Sunday March 5th, there are 500 tickets remaining.

Photographers are being sought to help document the event. you can see the post here.

Jenny also talks about WordCamp Bordeaux which is taking place on March 18th. She is giving a presentation titled Zen and the Art of Contribution.

WordPress Community Interview With Luca Sartoni

Luca is Protector of Asynchronicity at Automattic, currently based in Vienna Austria. He is a media professional with more than a decade of technical and marketing expertise. Thanks to his extensive experience in business environments ranging from SMEs to large corporate projects, Luca helps companies scale up by implementing data-driven strategies.

Luca is an organizer for  WordCamp Europe 2017 and is leading the Volunteer Team, which comprises of 7 people. They are expected to have over 250 people volunteer for this event. Have you heard of ‘herding cats?’

We talk abut the several different roles that volunteers fill for this huge event.

Luca also talks about the Code or Conduct, which is a tool for WordCamp organizers to use to outlines the expectations for participant behavior as well as the consequences for unacceptable behavior.

Luca has some great tips on how to be the perfect volunteer at the 16:50 mark.

WordPress Community Interview With Isabelle Garcia

Isabelle Garcia is a front-end web developer and social media geek. She is a “Digital Nomad” and travels the world working remotely. She has no fixed base, no office. Isabelle likes to frequent local libraries, not to borrow books but to take advantage of the quiet atmosphere. While other digital nomads meet at coffee shops or co-working spaces, she likes to spend entire days and even weekends in the common areas and desks of public libraries.

When I first contacted Isabelle, she was starting a new adventure she called #WCAsiaRoadTrip. She was going to spend 2 or 3 months traveling through Asia and attend WordCamps at Udaipur, Pune and Bangkok.

Isabelle records video interviews at WordCamps which she then uploads to YouTube. She uses the VINUBIS Video Editor Plugin to edit her videos.

She likes to give back to the WordPress Community by taking part in Translation events with the Polyglots Team.

You can see some of her WordPress TV videos HERE.

WordPress Community Interview With Sandy Edwards

Sandy Edwards resides in Florida and is a WordPress Guru, Local SEO Pro and Marketing Master. She has created and manages websites for crafters, bloggers, small businesses and bands. Sandy helps people with local Search Engine Optimization(SEO), on page SEO, and SEO Rich Content Writing.

She is an advoctae of involving kids in WordPress and technology. WordCamps for Kids involves children in ages ranging from 6 to 14 and teaches them not only about blogging and content creation but also covers HTML, CSS and coding. Sandy has been involved in WordCamps for Kids in Miami, Orlando and Tampa.

Sandy explains to parents that a child posting information of where they live, the school they attend, and the sports teams they are on are all bad ideas. There are ways to lock down the WordPress site so that the rest of the internet can not access their child’s website. She states that “Kids are bombarded from every angle with media and created content. They should also be able to dive into the content creation world themselves“.

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