‘Journey’ Videos

  • Shanta Nathwani: How I Started my Business During a Pandemic

    WordCamp Rochester 2020Speaker: Shanta Nathwani

    November 26, 2020 — In February 2020, I was laid off from my job after almost two years. I started looking for a new job, but a couple of weeks later, we were in a global pandemic. Job postings started drying up, and hiring came to a halt.

    The next logical thing to do is open my own business, right? In this talk, I’ll discuss all the motions and emotions that I went through from never wanting to have my own company to starting up my own web development business during a pandemic. We’ll look at some of the things I did right, what I did wrong, what (and who) helped and what you need to consider before you do it yourself.

    This talk is designed for small business owners and is for all skill levels.

  • Mani Karthik: What Ten Years Of Blogging Taught Me

    WordPress Meetup Kochi (കൊച്ചി) 2018Speaker: Mani Karthik

    November 26, 2020 — In his talk, he’ll be covering his blogging experience which roots more than 10 years of his experience, to help young, and upcoming bloggers to contribute, and be a successful blogger. Mani will be sharing his observation on how blogging helped him with making a career, and how it could be evolved more from a modest blog to a helpful resource for many.

  • Jonathan Williams: Reacting to WordPress – an Evolving Journey of Plugin Development

    WordCamp Boston 2019Speaker: Jonathan Williams

    October 30, 2020 — WordPress is changing and evolving quickly, how can we adapt and grow our projects as the platform continues to progress? BU Learning Blocks is a new plugin created by BU to assist with online, interactive learning. We will explore the process of developing a new plugin in the Gutenberg era and the various twists and turns the team encountered along the way.

  • Annemarie Janse: It’s Just Shaving Foam – Why Borders aren’t Limiting you

    WordCamp Utrecht 2018Speaker: Annemarie Janse

    February 10, 2020 — For long I was dreaming of starting my own business and traveling a lot. But I had to pay my monthly mortgage, loved the security of a permanent contract and thought that a comfortable house was essential to live a happy life.
    Until I dared to leave everything behind, start my own business as a Virtual Assistant, work location independent and travel the world.
    Now I go where I want to go, make a living of all sorts of online business support, of which building WordPress websites is one of the core activities.
    Now I know that all fears that kept me happy with my permanent contract were just imaginary borders.

  • Katerina Angelova: How to Build a Successful and Meaningful Partnership

    WordCamp Nijmegen 2019Speaker: Katerina Angelova

    January 7, 2020 — The WordPress community is built on human relationships. In the context of business, nothing that lasts was ever built by a single person. In the same way people connect with other people and develop networks, small companies can interact with larger organisations in a strategic way to build strong mutually beneficial partnerships. Creating these relations requires time, effort and understanding. However a lot of people struggle when it comes to contacting, developing and creating a connection with other entrepreneurs or large companies. Thankfully, there are steps you can follow to approach a potential partner and write enticing emails and proposals that will immediately get their attention and bring you the desired results. As a Partnerships Manager at SiteGround, I develop relations like these and I will share practical tips and guidelines to help you express the benefits of a mutual partnership and expand them into a successful collaboration.

  • Richard Rudy: Art, Code, and Rock ‘n Roll: How a Punk Rock Ethic Can Lead to a Career in the Web

    WordCamp Niagara 2019Speaker: Richard Rudy

    December 30, 2019 — In this anecdotal talk Richard Rudy takes you through how the history of modern music parallels many professionals’ journey from unrelated fields to web design. Dealing with Imposter syndrome, experimentation, and mad Google skills, stories from trenches on building a career in the web.

  • Joshua Strebel: Overnight Success, 15 Years In The Making

    WordCamp Miami 2018Speaker: Joshua Strebel

    January 23, 2019 — You met someone in life and many years later you see them on the cover of Forbes. The natural reaction is “Whoa – that person hit it big – like just out of no where.” The real story is not where that person is today, but the what, why, and how they spent their time and energy in the months and years prior to making it. More specifically what they learned and applied along the way, and how they coped with set backs and the ever present feeling anxiety of failure. I’m not on the cover of Forbes, but I will share my journey from the main stage at WCMIA.

  • Dreb Bitanghol: Building a Better Web with Engineering Best Practices / 使用工程設計打造好網站的最佳實踐

    WordCamp Taipei 2018Speaker: Dreb Bitanghol

    January 10, 2019 — As you start out your journey with WordPress, it’s very common to take out a piece or two of code and inspirations from other projects. However, most of these aren’t up for standard and potentially unsecured. Beginners would likely follow the same route and practice of coding. In this session, Dreb will talk about key best practices in building standard, secured and performant WordPress websites — leading to a better web experience for everyone.

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  • Ben White and Peter Wilson: Greenfields or die: Modernising Publishing for 2018

    WordCamp Brisbane 2018Speakers: Ben White, Peter Wilson

    November 26, 2018 — Peter & Ben are joining us to tell us a story they started back in 2017, when one of Australia’s largest media companies embarked on a high risk technical project – to replace their proprietary CMS with one based on WordPress.

    They’ll be covering the technical process to build an enterprise-ready CMS from both the side of the client (Ben) and the Agency (Peter). Together they’ll tell their story of what went right, what went wrong, and where their stories differ – all in the hope that their experience will help you avoid mistakes in your own projects.

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