October 30, 2017 — Ana and Marko Segota are a theme design team located in Germany. This is the first husband and wife team I have had the pleasure to interview at the same time.
You can see their website at https://www.anarieldesign.com
They had attended WordCamp Zagrb in Croatia in early September. They also attended WordCamp Europe. We discuss the pros and cons of attending large and small WordCamps, friends you make in the community and the welcoming, open atmosphere.
Ana and Marko also design times for charity or non profits organizations needing to establish a presence on the web. You can see some of these themes in the WordPress repository here: https://wordpress.org/themes/author/anariel-design/
October 16, 2017 — Sandro Gilando attended his WordCamp this past June at WordCamp Kent. Although well versed in SEO practices, Sandro was new to WordPress.He attended the 2 day WordCamp and sat through the WP 101 sessions which were presented by Melinda Helt of the Training Team.
Although I did not meet Sandro at the WordCamp, I happened to see a mention of a podcast talking about WordCamp Kent and that is how I contacted Sandro. You can listen to his podcast here: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/60-second-marketing/e/50612855.
October 5, 2017 — With WordCamp US rapidly approaching, I wanted to chat with someone who was involved in the planning. Michele Butcher-Jones is a member of the Speaker Selection Team and has some interesting facts about speaker submissions and WCUS in general.
September 5, 2017 — Emanuel Costa is the guy who wears many hats at High Tech Web, INC, the web agency he owns in Las Vegas.
We talk about his involvement in WordPress, the presentations he has given and plans for future WordCamps.
Emanuel attended the DefCon Conference, which was held in Las Vegas at the end of July 2017. This is a Hackers Conference and first began in 1993.
August 31, 2017 — Rachel Martin is a Happiness Engineer at Automattic and resides in Scotland. Several years ago Rachel started blogging after a natural disaster in New Zealand as a form of therapy. You can see her blog at https://rachel.blog.
We talk about her presentation at WordCamp Edinburgh, which was the closing keynote presentation titled “Blogging as therapy: a personal journey.”
Her work at Automatic includes providing support for Jetpack, Akismet, VaultPress and Simplenote.
As is the case in most of the interviews I do, it never ceases to amaze me at the information and life lessons people provide. It was truly a pleasure to interview Rachel.
August 22, 2017 — Ivica Delic is 45 years old, lives in Croatia and loves technology, especially WordPress.
Ivica was searching for WordPress groups on Facebook and decided that he wanted to create a comprehensive list of these groups. This was a way he could ‘give back’ to the WordPress Community. During his research, he became more and more active, eventually becoming an assistant administrator to several groups. He has also created groups such as WordPress Speed Up and Quality WordPress Groups. The later is a place for people to go, not to ask questions, but to find a group that could answer a specific question.
He also created a closed group for Administrators only. Here, they discuss ways to combat spam, trolls and other issues that plague groups on Facebook.
Ivica also started a website, http://www.freelancerstools.com which is a resource of various quality tools (some free, others paid) that freelancers may have a need for. There are 6 categories and 15 sub categories.