Tag Archives: ‘community’

WordCamp Video Highlight 2017/07/31

This week I am highlighting panel discussions. When I see a panel discussion listed on the schedule of a WordCamp, it usually something I make sure I sit in on. Whatever the subject of the discussion, you will normally hear a wide variety of opinions.

Panel Discussion:  Contribution to WordPress

WordCamp Nasik 2016

Contributing to WordPress doesn’t mean you have to speak PHP. While helping the WordPress community appears skewed towards those with programming know-how, there are many other valuable ways you can make your mark.

Panel Discussion: WordPowerment – Practical Approaches to Diversity and Empowerment in the WordPress Community

WordCamp London 2017

As WordPress professionals, we are lucky that, in addition to our communities as freelancers, agencies or publishers, the larger WordPress community serves as a support network when we face these challenges.

 

 

WordCamp Video Highlight 2017/06/23

WordCamp Europe was held last weekend and the videos are being posted on WordPress TV. Many thanks to the volunteers for getting those done so quickly!

With so many great videos to choose from, it was difficult to pick the first two that would be featured from that event. I decided to choose presentations from two people that I have met and have a lot of admiration for in the community.

Adrian Roselli: Selfish Accessibility

We can all pretend that we’re helping others by making web sites and software accessible, but we are really making them better for our future selves.

Slides for his presentation can be seen HERE.

Thabo Tswana: The Community That The Incubator Program Built

“No success is too small to celebrate”

In 2016, the WordPress Community Team selected Harare, Zimbabwe as one of the three locations for the WordCamp Incubator program.

Thabo talks about how the Incubator program created excitement about WordPress and kicked off the WordPress community in Harare. He also announced the WordCamp Harare will be held on November 4th of this year.

For more great videos from WordCamp Europe, click HERE.

 

 

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.

 

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.