Tag Archives: ‘community’

WordCamp Video Highlight 2017/05/19

Community.

Contributing.

Giving back.

If you have been involved with WordPress for any length of time, you have most likely heard these words.

The videos highlighted today are just two of many that talk about contributing to the WordPress Community.

Jenny Wong: Contributing to WordPress

When someone tells you that anyone can contribute to WordPress you may not believe them, but in this talk I will show you how this is true.

Courtney O’Callaghan: Get Involved! Contributing to the WordPress Community

Always wanted to contribute to the community but think you have to be a developer? WRONG! Contributing is within reach of everyone. Learn about the available projects, meetups, and communities. Find the perfect place to get started and have fun.

If you have a desire to contribute back to the WordPress Community, you can go to make.wordpress.org and take a look at the sixteen teams listed on that page.

I have been involved with the WordPress TV Team for slightly over three years. I have met, talked or chatted with people from all over the world. Being involved has afforded me the opportunity to fulfill a long-held desire (and structure) to create a video podcast (vlog).

You can take it from me, there is a place for you in the WordPress Community.

 

WordCamp Video Highlight 2017/05/06

Just about any time that I am getting ready to walk into a new situation, I get feelings of being anxious and apprehensive. This is something that I have had to deal with for years and, although I am able to deal with those feelings, they still persist in a small way.

Such was the case when I was getting ready to walk into WordCamp Jackson.

It is during times like these, that I remember two presentations given by Marc Benzakein and Jeff Matson that I had the pleasure to attend and that made an impact on me.

Marc Benzakein: How to Rock a WordCamp Even if You’re a n00b

This talk covers 12 steps on how to get the most out of your WordCamp as well as how to start giving back to the Community on Day One. If you are new to WordPress or WordCamps, set yourself up for success by making sure you don’t miss this great kick-off to our two-day event!

Jeff Matson: How the WordPress Community Changed My Life

In this session, Jeff discusses his accidental fall into the WordPress community, and how it has changed both his personal and professional life forever (and has the tattoo to prove it).

 

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 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 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.

WordCamp Video Highlight 2017/03/24

What qualities makes a good Keynote Presentation?

Knowledge? Humor? Style?

Yes, those 3 BUT probably the most important quality is passion and we all know how passionate people are about WordPress and the Community.

As much as people like to hear about success, they also relate to lessons learned, struggles and failures.

I decided to highlight keynote presentations from WordCamp St. Louis and WordCamp Rochester.

The Path to Success with WordPress: Business, Blogging and Community

Brian Rotsztein states “My own path to success is intertwined with a decade of WordPress use. Clearly, there’s more to this software than just a free install.”

WordPress, Not Just Software But LIFEWARE

Jarrett Gucci says ” This powerhouse of a software is more than just code. WordPress is a vehicle for success and employment. “

For more Keynote Presentation clisk HERE.

 

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 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.

To watch more WordPress TV interviews, click HERE.

 

WordCamp Video Highlight 2017/01/13

In the past year WordPress Meetup Groups have grown to 374 groups in 58 countries (this is up from 38 countries in 2015).

If you are interested in starting a WordPress Meetup in your area, you can find guidelines HERE on the Community page.

The videos featured today are from WordCamps held in 2016 – Denpasar and Europe. Both videos discuss how to organize and experience continued growth in a Meetup group.

Mayo Moriyama: Organizing a Meetup in Your City

Attending and organizing local Meetups is a great and enjoyable way to learn a lot of things!

 

Dee Teal: Keys to Growing and Developing your WordPress Meetup

Once you’ve started a WordPress Meetup the early rush of having people show up and participate is great, but once you’ve started, how do you keep building momentum?

For more WordCamp videos, go to WordPress TV.

 

 

 

 

WordPress Community Interview With Jeff Chandler and Marcus Couch

Jeff Chandler and Marcus Couch host the WordPress Weekly podcast, which covers all things WordPress. They also interview a variety people who make up the WordPress Community.

Marcus Couch has been a WordPress developer for more than 12 years. Besides being the co-host of WordPress Weekly, he is the cohost of the WordPress Plugins A-Z Podcast with John Overall. Marcus also helps people plan, develop and implement membership sites at Membership Site Coach.

Jeff Chandler launched WordPress Weekly in January of 2008. In that initial episode, Jeff talked about the release of WordPress 2.3.2 and running WordPress locally. He resides in Ohio and has been writing about WordPress since 2007 at the WPTavern. When he attends WordCamps, Jeff can mostly be found taking part in the Hallway Track.

We had a great time talking WordCamps and the WordPress Community.

I do need to apologize to Jeff and Marcus. This is the first time that I had two guest being interviewed. There are times where you can see that Marcus and Jeff’s face are blocked. I did not realize this happened until I was processing the video.