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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.

WordPress Community Interview With Katarzyna Janoska

Katarzyna Janoska resides in Łódź, Poland and is a front end developer as part of the distributed team at OnTheGoSystems.

She recently spoke at WordCamp Gdynia 2016 about working remotely and the pros and cons contained therein. She stated that she has a habit of not knowing when to stop working and take a break. Katarzyna (or Kasia) said that she received a lot of comments and suggestions from her audience after her presentation. You can see her presentation HERE.

We talk about WordPress Community in Poland and WordUps in Poland.

 

WordPress Community Interview With Sanjeev Mishra

I happened to run across a blog article titled 25 Things I Learnt as an Organizer of a WordCamp. It was written by Sanjeev Mishra and was about his experience organizing WordCamp Nasik 2016.

He is the founder of WebFanzine Media which is the parent company of the largest WordPress carousel portal named SliderVilla and most popular documentation plugin named Documentor. He is also the founder of PurposeThemes, the largest multi-author WordPress theme review portal with 2,000+ premium and free themes. He is active in several WordPress Meetup groups.

We talk about WordCamps that are organized in India and the WordPress Community. We discussed Tier II, III and IV cities that refers not only to the size of a city but also the available technology and professionals in the area.

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WordPress Community Interview With Adam Silver and Kyle Maurer

If you were looking for an example of a close friendship that was created from being involved in the WordPress Community, look no further.

Adam Silver resides near Los Angeles, California. He is the creator of the KitchensinkWP podcast, a semi-retired professional photographer….. husband (18 years) and father of 3 kids. Adam was the lead organizer for WordCamp Los Angeles 2016.

Kyle Maurer resides in Jackson, Michigan with his wife, Ashley and is a co-fonder of Real Big Marketing. The firm uses WordPress to solve complicated issues for clients. He is the host of the WP Roundtable hangout. Kyle was the lead organizer for WordCamp Ann Arbor 2016.

The two met at WordCamp Dayton 2015 and the rest, as they say, is history. They have combined their talents and have given joint presentations which were very unique. A Rap Battle, a Political Debate and most recently a Super Hero versus a Villain, all being delivered in a humorous manner but still teaching lessons about various aspects of WordPress.

WordPress Community Interview With Doc Pop

Doc Pop (not his real name) is a Jack of all trades, a musician, artist, dramatic yo-yoist, and video game designer-wizard. He does the weekly WordPress News Drop at Torque. These are one or two minute videos talking about news in the WordPress world. I had been watching these for several months and finally decided to take a chance and contacted Doc about doing this interview. I honestly don’t know why I worry about being refused. The response and positive feedback is amazing!

Doc talks about his work at Torque (which includes the Torque Toons), attending WordCamps and creating videos.

To say that I get pumped up when I do these interviews is an understatement. I always learn something new about this Community that we are involved in.

WordPress Community Interview With Daniel J. Lewis

Daniel J. Lewis has a passion for podcasting and for helping others in their podcasting endeavors. It is easy to get caught up in his enthusiasm. I feel fortunate to have been able to chat with him for a few minutes.

I thought it might be interesting to interview somebody who uses WordPress to leverage their business.

He is an Internet entrepreneur, award-winning podcaster, podcast consultant and has been the keynote speaker at several conferences.

Near the end of the interview, Daniel discusses his search for a plugin to meet certain needs and the steps he used to find what he needed. It is worth listening to.

With Daniel being a professional, I was somewhat hesitant to interview him as I feel that I have a lot of room for improvement as far as my podcasting skills. But like all of the other interviews, he was eager to talk about his profession and was a gracious guest!

WordPress Community Interview Series with Milan Ivanovic

Milan Ivanovic is a developer at ManageWP. He resides in Belgrade, Serbia and was an organizer for WordCamp Europe 2016.

When we had our Skype video call, Milan was working remotely as he was on a WordTrip (traveling between WordCamp Split and WordCamp Gdynia).

He is a member of the Polyglots Team as a translation editor and contributor.

I do have to apologize for my appearance. It was 6:00 AM and I had not been in the shower yet.

 

WordPress Community Interview Series with Josepha Haden

I am very grateful to have been able to interview Josepha Haden this past Friday. This actually happened quickly and we were able to schedule a chat in just two days.

Joespha is an Automattician who is able to contribute to several area of the WordPress Community. She blogs at Stars And The Moon where she writes about a variety of subjects including food and Pepper.

She comes from a long line of writers and was challenged at a young age to be a life long learner.

At WordCamp US 2015, Josepha gave a presentation titled Communities and The Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense which was based on a book written by her grandmother, Susan Haden Elgin. There are some very interesting concepts about communication skills and patterns which make a difference on how other people perceive you.

As with the other interviews I have recorded, I learned something new while talking with Josepha. Besides that, she is one of those people who always has a smile on her face and a kind word.

 

WordPress Community Interview Series with Cemal Tashan

Cemal Tashan is an Electronic Engineer, a photographer, a pilot and a WordPress enthusiast. He has spoken many times about designing websites for senior citizens. He has written three books about photography.

Cemal recently visited his native Turkey and states that there is a very active WordPress Community

He is active in the Orange County WordPress Meetup group and volunteered at the recent WordCamp Orange County.

 

WordPress Community Interview Series with Ahmad Awais

Ahmad Awais is a Core Contributor, a Plugin Developer and also on the Polyglots Team.

He is one of the organizers of the Lahore Pakistan Meetup. The group was featured on WPTavern  last December. Over 500 people attended the meetup.

After the release of WordPress 4.6, Ahmad wrote:

WordPress 4.6 has been released. It is the 4th major version release where I was able to contribute code to the WordPress core. Giving back to the WordPress community; especially in the form of core contributions — has been an incredibly empowering and inherently humble experience for me

He is one of the moderators on the Facebook Advanced WordPress Group. The group recently held a Giveaway after surpassing 20,000 members. The WordPress Community responded by donating several thousands dollars worth of prizes. Ahmad and Maedah Batool spent over one hundred hours managing the giveaway. A complete list of prizes and sponsors can be seen here