WordPress Community Work

As a designer and marketing consultant, I started using WordPress in March 2007. Search engine optimization for businesses was beginning to increase in importance and value. I googled my name and was disappointed when I didn’t appear until the third of fourth page of search results. Then and there I decided to launch a blog for myself.

It wasn’t until 2010 that I attended my first WordCamp. I attended WordCamp Philly and had a blast. I jumped into the WordPress community and have been actively enjoying and organizing it ever since.

WordCamps

WordCamps provided a wonderful vehicle for learning more about the software, for meeting new people within the community, for connecting with existing friends in the community, and for getting involved with and supporting the open source project.

WordCamps I’ve Helped Organize

Working as an orgazing for my local WordCamps was a great way to give back to my local community, while also having a direct say in the shape, direction, and tone of those WordCamps.

  • WordCamp Philly 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2018 (there was no WC Philly in 2013 due to a shift in venue, nor was there one in 2016 as WordCamp US was in Philly that year.
  • WordCamp US 2015 and 2016

WordCamps at which I’ve Volunteered

When looking to meet people in a new community, volunteering is a great way to get involved and meet people.

  • WordCamp Philly
  • WordCamp Lancaster
  • WordCamp Baltimore
  • WordCamp US

WordCamps at which I’ve Presented

I try to give a talk at one new WordCamp every year.

  • WordCamp Philly
  • WordCamp Atlanta
  • WordCamp Baltimore
  • WordCamp Lancaster

A selection of my talks are available for viewing on WordPress TV.

The Local WordPress Community

I’m also focused on growing the WordPress community locally in the Philadelphia area. With support from the Philadelphia WordPress Meetup, I co-founded the Philly ‘burbs WordPress Meetup. I continue serve as that group’s lead servant.

The Philly ‘burbs WordPress Meetup aims to bridge the gap between designers and developers building WordPress sites and writers, bloggers and marketers who use them on a daily basis. We focus on both design and development considerations (tips, techniques and hacks) as well as user concerns like expanded functionality and best practices.

Presenting to Local WordPress Meetups

As a local meetup organizer, I appreciate it can be a challenge to find local speakers to bring fresh ideas and perspectives to the group on a regular basis. As a way of giving back, I make it a point to deliver talks to the many WordPress meetups within driving distance of where I live.

  • Philadelphia WordPress Meetup
  • Philly ‘burbs WordPress Meetup
  • Lancaster WordPress Meetup
  • Reading WordPress Meetup
  • NYC WordPress Meetup
  • New Castle County WordPress Meetup
  • Baltimore WordPress Meetup
  • Lehigh Valley WordPress Meetup
  • New Jersey WordPress Meetup

I also present to non-WordPress groups. You can see a more detailed list of my talks and presentations on my bio page on the LBDesign website.

Presenting to Your Group

If you’d like to talk about me presenting to your group, please get in touch.