Interview

WordPress Community Interview With Catalina Alvarez

Catalina Alvarez in an Occupational Psychologist and resides in Spain. She is involved in the WordPress Community through her husband’s work. She has volunteered at several WordCamps in Spain and will be doing the same at WordCamp Europe 2017.

Catalina is pursuing her Master’s Degree by performing a survey about the Motivation and Burnout in the WordPress Community. She did an internship at HumanMade and found out that there is very little data available concerning a distributed workforce.

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WordPress Community Interview With Marco Andrei Kichalowsky, Rodrigo Donini, Gustavo Tagliassuchi and Eduardo Pittol

When I first contacted Marco Andre about doing an interview, he stated that he would like to have some of the other organizers sit in and take part in the interview.

I did not realize how lucky I would get to interview the group while they were preparing for their Meetup.

Marco Andrei, Rodrigo, Gustavo and Eduardo were part of the ograinzing team for WordCamp Porto Alegre 2017, which was held on May 6th of this year. WordCamp Porto Alegre has been held three times in the past few years and this group hopes to make this an annual event.

We talk about their involvement in the WordPress Community, as well as being involved in other tech related groups in their area.

In preparation for their evening WordPress Porto Alegre Meetup, Marco Andrei, Rodrigo,  Gustavo and Eduardo had prepared a cake and cupcakes to celebrate the 14th anniversary of WordPress. Here is a short video of that event.

Here is the interview….

WordPress Community Interview With Rocio Valdivia and Mathieu Viet – WCEU Contributor Day

WordCamp Europe is less than two weeks away, being held on June 16th and 17th. I had the opportunity to talk with two of the people who are involved in the Contributor Day event.

Rocio Valdivia is a Community Wrangler at Automattic. Mathieu Viet builds plugins, has a WordPress French podcast and is a founding member of @wpparis. They are the lead organizers for the WordCamp Europe Contributor day.

Contributor Day will take place on Thursday June 15th at Business Centre of “Les Docks de Paris”. Registration starts at 08:30 am, and opening remarks at 09:15. The Teams that are listed at make.wordpress.org will be represented and will be available to answer questions during the day.

You can read more about Contributor Day and what to expect HERE.

To see the talks and workshop schedule, click HERE.

 

WordPress Community Interview With Rachael Dines

Racheal Dines is a Chartered Marketer (marketing professional) for Shake It Up Creative near London England.

Rachael attended and spoke at WordCamp London 2017. She brought her 10-month-old son to the event and was able to take advantage of the Crèche that was being offered for the second year at WordCamp London.

A Crèche is a nursery where babies and young children are cared for by registered professionals. At WordCamp London, this service was provided by Nipperbout Ltd., a mobile crèche company that has been in business for over 27 years.

We talk about the services they provided and how Rachael was able to enjoy WordCamp, assured that her child was being well cared for.

WordPress Community Interview With Cate DeRosia

Wow! Just wow!

When I first started to consider asking Cate DeRosia if she would be interested in being interviewed, I thought she might have something interesting to say to the WordPress world. This interview far exceeded any expectations I had.

This interview was done at WordCamp Jackson, where we were able to find a quite place in between sessions.

Cate talks about being the spouse of a remote WordPress developer. She discusses attending WordCamps and getting to know people in the Community she had only heard about and building her own relationships.

We discuss raising children in the digital age, the steps taken to protect them and letting children find their own way. Cate talks about taking their children to WordCamps and how they forged their own relationships in the WordPress Community.

WordPress Community Interview With Dustin Hartzler

Dustin Hartzler is a Happiness Engineer at Automattic and lives in the western Ohio area with his wife and two small children.

Dustin has been a Happiness Engineer since 2013. He is currently with the Woo Commerce Team where he enjoys helping people debug and troubleshoot their Woo Commerce issues. He finds it challenging because of all of the different variables that come into play, hosting, themes, plugins, etc.

He is also the creator of the podcast Your Website Engineer, which has over 330 weekly episodes.

We talk about WordCamps, the WordPress Community and his experiences working with the Woo Commerce Team.

Dustin reminds us to check out the “Work With Us” page on the Automattic.com website

WordPress Community Interview With Titus & Stephanie Brinley

When I interviewed Sandy Edwards in February this year, we talked about Kid Camp and WordCamp for Kids. Ever since that interview, I have been searching for a child to interview and talk about Kid Camp.

I happened to see this Tweet by Titus Brinley on March 23rd.

ThetaCreative Tweet

ThetaCreative Tweet

I reached out to Titus and asked if I could contact one of his parents. His mother, Stephanie, replied to my Tweet and we were able to schedule this interview.

Titus Brinley is an 8-year-old serial entrepreneur who uses WordPress. He loves Legos and takes Karate lessons. You can see his website at Theta Creative.

 

 

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.