90 Days to Live:

Journey back into WordPress opens WordCamp Orange County.

Windy City Miracle:

A first-timer's view from the stage at WordCamp Chicago.

Right Here, Right Now:

From WordPress Meetup to WordCamp Santa Clarita.

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“I am moved from @joesimpsonjr talk at #wcchi about finding and joining the WP community. So much love here.”

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“Listening to @joesimpsonjr talking about his 90-day stint doing what he loved — drawing, exercise, and WordPress! #wcoc18 So inspiring!”

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“@joesimpsonjr opened #WordCampOC2018 #wcoc great talk on community and meetups! Impressed by his presentation!”

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Introducing Joe Simpson

Welcome to joesimpson.info, the personal sandbox for Joe A Simpson Jr -- here you'll find the latest information projects, videos or podcasts, activities, and musings on the worlds I traverse.

Who is Joe A Simpson Jr?

Joe A. Simpson, Jr. is a Front-End Web Developer and Graphic Designer specializing in WordPress solutions. During days he works at a top-five transit agency, fighting the good fight to ease the commute around Los Angeles County.

After a life-threatening heart event and a brief leave of absence, a journey to rediscover the things that nourished and nurtured him led him back to a love of WordPress.

More on Joe's journey back into WordPress

Why have Joe speak at your WordCamp or event?

A seasoned speaker with over 46 public presentations, Joe A Simpson Jr. has given back to Community at WordCamps in Long Beach, Las Vegas, Grand Rapids, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Orange County, Chicago, and as an emcee at US. 

An Advanced Toastmaster Silver, he has woven engaging topics for audiences on Accessibility, User Experience/Design, SEO, and contributing to the WordPress Community.

What is Joe's WordPress Origin Story?

In 2010, when Metro’s Lead Developer and CSS goddess both left to pursue other opportunities, Joe inherited a Headway-themed design (sans child theme) and the rest is history ten years later, managing a WordPress blog network consisting of dozen project-specific or transit news sites.

Visit Metro's the Source

Founder, WordPress Santa Clarita Valley Meetup

In January 2017, Joe founded the WordPress Santa Clarita Valley Meetup to build the WordPress Community locally as opposed to having to stay or drive to downtown Los Angeles or other surrounding areas to give back.

Joe is the founder of the WordPress Santa Clarita Valley Meetup, speaks on design, accessibility, user experience, and Community at WordCamps and was responsible for the North Valley's first WordCamp Santa Clarita, Spring 2019.

Visit WordPress Santa Clarita Valley Meetup

Lead Organizer, WordCamp Santa Clarita

Just north of Los Angeles on Interstate 5 is the city of Santa Clarita, the fourth largest city in Los Angeles County.

With thirty-four parks/open spaces, three local commuter colleges, a fledgling film studio and tech community, a nationally-known amusement park, and a public transit system, the Santa Clarita Valley is the perfect spot to contribute to host WordCamp Santa Clarita.

Visit WordCamp Santa Clarita website

How do I contact Joe?

You can reach Joe Simpson via email and social media by using joesimpsonjr. For example twitter.com/joesimpsonjr or instagram.com/joesimpsonjr or email joesimpsonjr@ gmail.

Need WordPress or web services?

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WordCamp Presentations
Contributor Days/Events
Toastmaster International Presentations

Interviews, Chats and Podcast Appearances

Podcast imaging for Joe's appearance on the Jeff Large Podcast.

"Cherish Life Every Day" - Joe shares his journey back from a heart event on the Jeff Large Podcast.

Image of Design/Entrepreneur Chris Do gesturing during exchange with Joe Simpson during WordPress Meetup.

"How to Talk About Price or Budget Using Price Bracketing" - Joe role plays with Chris Do of the Futur.

Joe discusses WordCamp Santa Clarita with WPMU Dev on Twitter

Joe joins WPMU DEV WordCampers Travel Guide to discuss the first-ever WordCamp Santa Clarita.

Joe Simpson onstage at WordCamp US introducing speakers as emcee Nov 3, 2018.

Joe serves as emcee introducing speakers at WordCamp US in Nashville, Tennessee.

What is Joe Simpson Talking About?

Joe Simpson speaking at a WordCamp, gesturing.

5 Tips on Applying to Speak at WordCamp

January 19, 2020

So you’re thinking of submitting a topic at an upcoming WordCamp? I’m often encouraging our Meetup members or other dynamic speakers to speak and share their gifts with the WordPress Community. As we approach the opening of our Call for Speakers at WordCamp Santa Clarita, I wanted to share tips on applying for consideration that…

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Joe Simpson gesturing during "What is SEO" from his WordPress SEO 101: Key(word)s to Success presentation.

Hands-On: Building a Brand New WordPress Community

January 18, 2020

I realized it when stuck in late-night traffic on one of the mega-interchanges in the farthest reaches of Southern California fresh coffee spilled on my lap. “Joe, start a WordPress Community closer to home and you’d be in bed by 10:30 pm” instead of making a decision on which off-ramp to take at the El…

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Joe working with James Dongo of Nana's Catering during ReBrand LA charity hackathon.

The Season of Giving: Rebrand LA and WordPress offers chance to help small businesses

December 18, 2019

Last week, I was able to participate in a charity hackathon between ReBrand Cities, the City of Los Angeles, and Automattic (the company behind WordPress), satisfying an urge to give.

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WordPress Black Friday and Cyber Monday image showing shoppers at busy mall

WordPress Deals: Black Friday and CyberMonday

November 29, 2019

If you’re new to WordPress or have been using it a while today begins a weekend that may be valuable to you (although I dread it). Black Friday is underway — a four day weekend culminating with CyberMonday that offers a number of deals on the tools and products that site owners should leverage.

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WordPress Core Holiday Playlist logo with cookies and other festive items spread on counter.

My Gift to You: WordPress Core Holiday Playlist

November 28, 2019

With the holiday season in full throttle and you’re in full nap mode by now, here’s my Spotify list of music for the season by WordPress Core Jazz Giants.

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Joe Simpson gesturing during "What is SEO" from his WordPress SEO 101: Key(word)s to Success presentation.

WordCamp Riverside Recap: Three’s a magic number

November 17, 2019

Giving back by presenting to a great WordPress Community Although a 100-mile drive from the northern valleys of LA County from Santa Clarita southeast to SolarMax for WordCamp Riverside 2019, it was well worth it. Most importantly, supporting Lead Organizer Joshua Knappe, his team, and the other Southern California WordCamps is key. As I took…

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Kathy Zant of WordFence with Joe Simpson at the UnConference session at WordCamp US.

Giving in to the urge to give back

November 11, 2019

A look back at my whirlwind week in the WordPress Community Like that large blackbird sitting on the streetlight outside my bedroom window each morning, a Google Flights notification to St. Louis greeted me each morning. Possibilities with serious doubts were chirping at me constantly. After all the event was less than a week away!…

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Presentation slide from The Curse of Knowledge from the Choice Factory

Oh Behave! Marketing Smarter with The Choice Factory

September 22, 2019

You press the forward button on the remote arriving at the final slide in the presentation and someone IMMEDIATELY wants a copy for reference. As a seasoned speaker, this means there’s a connection with your audience and can pat myself on the back. Having GREAT content based on The Choice Factory which was half the…

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Featured actress chanting L-A-F-C!

Los Angeles Football Club Partnership offers cameo in video

September 21, 2019

IT’S LIKE CANDY: Tonight marks the second chance to see my ‘featured extra’ role in a Metro (Los Angeles) and Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) promotional video at Banc of America stadium during tonight’s game versus Toronto FC.

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Featured actor Joe Simpson noticing an exchange on train.

Behind the scenes on location of LAFC & Metro video

September 21, 2019

SET PHOTOGRAPHY: Back in July, I had the opportunity to appear as a “featured extra” in a video that will be shown on the big screens at all Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) games until the end of the season.

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