Interview

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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WordPress Community Interview With Tsetan Dolkar

Tsetan Dolkar lives in Dharamshala, India which is located in northwestern India. Dharamshala is about 500 kilometers north of New Delhi. She got interested in technology while in school and spent all of her pocket money in internet cafes learning about the internet.

Tibetan I Tech

Tibetan I Tech

She founded Tibetan I Tech in May 2013 and it is the only female ran Tibetan IT services in India which offers uniquely secure IT services. They were the first Tibetan IT services firm that specialized in providing secure quality web & mobile app development and graphic design services for our clients worldwide.

Tsetan enjoys helping locals solve their WordPress problems and also spend time on the WordPress India Facebook Group page.

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WordPress Community Interview With Krystal O’Connor

Krystal O’Connor lives near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and works at Libsyn, which is a podcasting hosting service. Libsyn has over 2.6 billion downloads and hosts over 25,000 shows with 44 million monthly audience members. Krystal provides technical support, writes and maintains the Libsyn Knowledge Base, produces the video tutorials, manages the Libsyn Tutor YouTube channel, and co-hosts Libsyn Live.

She spoke at WordCamp Pittsburgh 2016 with a presentation titled WordPress + Podcasting.

Many podcasters turn to WordPress to help build the website that will be the landing page for their podcast show, but did you know there were themes, plugins, and best practices geared directly toward marrying your podcast and your WordPress site?

Krystal is very active in the podcasting community and Podcamp Pittsburgh.

Krystal blogs at https://www.krystaloconnor.com. If you read her About Page, Krystal states that “We were the first house in the neighborhood with a computer (one of the IBM PC’s), and I distinctly remember installing a hard drive into the computer when I was about 7. That’s when I got my start in the tech world, right there on my grandparent’s den floor.”

We talk about podcasting in general, procasters versus podcasters,  audio versus video among other things.

WordPress Community Interview With Dave Loodts

Dave Loodts is a self employed WordPress designer/developer, SEO and marketing consultant at www.davel.be.

He is a big believer in giving back to the WordPress community and is the co-organizer of WordCamp Antwerp as well as WordPress Meetup groups in Antwerp and Hasselt. Dave also is the Global Translation Editor of nl_be team as well as the administrator for the WordPress Dutch Belgium website.

Dave and I discuss the recent efforts of the local team to translate WordPress into 100% Dutch. I certainly learned a lot about translating as Dave talked about how he made the request, first steps on getting the glossary created, items needing special attention. Also finding others to help to translate, organizing remote and physical meetings, etc. He was very appreciative of the help that Pascal Casier provided. Dave was also inspired by Francesca Morena and the Italian community where the translation efforts resulted in a fresh, more active and broader community.  That’s one of the main reasons that Dave decided to pick up the role as GTE.

After the video was recorded, Dave wanted to say a big thank you to Veerle Verbert:

“Veerle introduced me in 2013 to the WordPress community during the first WordCamp Europe. I was a ‘rookie’ and didn’t knew really anyone in the community.  So, Veerle was a key-figure for me, giving me this opportunity to connect and give back to the WordPress-community. Together we’ve organized over twenty meetups in Antwerp so far and had the first WordCamp ever in Belgium. So proud on that. So, Veerle: thank you! “

Near the end of the interview, I surprised Dave by asking about his photo beer blog and his passion for local beers. You can see this at daveloodts.wordpress.com.

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WordPress Community Interview With Amanda Rush

Amanda Rush designs websites and web applications using various content management systems including WordPress, as well as testing websites for accessibility according to the W3C standards and for Section 508 compliance. She checks for usability with Jaws for Windows, Non-Visual Desktop Access, (NVDA), Window Eyes, System Access, and VoiceOver at Customer Servant Consultancy.

According to Wikipedia “The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) are part of a series of web accessibility guidelines published by the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the main international standards organization for the Internet. They are a set of guidelines that specify how to make content accessible, primarily for people with disabilities—but also for all user agents, including highly limited devices, such as mobile phones. The current version, WCAG 2.0, was published in December 2008.”

Amanda is an instructor at the Cisco Academy for the Vision Impaired, where she helps teach a class on HTML5, CSS and general web design which is inclusive of accessibility. She is also a member of the Accessibility Team where she helps test and makes recommendations for improvements to accessibility.

We chat about WordCamps, the WordPress Community, Assistive Technology and other things during the interview.

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