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What they’re saying… “@joesimpsonjr delivers an eloquent story of how #community and #opensource changed the course of his journey!” <cite>@bluehost</cite> “I am moved from @joesimpsonjr talk at #wcchi about finding and joining the WP community. So much love here.” <cite>@mcdwayne</cite> “Listening to @joesimpsonjr talking about his 90-day stint doing what he loved — drawing, exercise, […]

5 Tips on Applying to Speak at WordCamp

Joe Simpson speaking at a WordCamp, gesturing.

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 […]

Giving in to the urge to give back

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

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! […]

Oh Behave! Marketing Smarter with The Choice Factory

Presentation slide from The Curse of Knowledge from the Choice Factory

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 […]

Homecoming: Back in Michigan for WordCamp Grand Rapids

Lucky 7 Feature Image used in Twitter drip campaign

Heading home to Michigan meant reconnecting with ‘old friends’ and returning to WordCamp Grand Rapids allowed me to reconnect with some great people I met during the past two years of my journey back into WordPress.

90 Days to Live: Rediscovering My Light Within the WordPress Community

Speaker: Joe A Simpson Jr, WordCamp Chicago (Bluehost)

Two years ago on June 17th, technicians laid me out flat on a cold, hard, operating table being poked, prodded, and prepped for a surgical procedure. According to doctors, cardiac catheterization was the only sure way to find out what was wrong but the risks were really, really frightening. Counting backward, the last thought was […]

Twitter Chatter: WordCamp Phoenix

WordCamp Phoenix Downloads

WordCamp Phoenix (#wcphx) closed the circle for me. In presenting a Lighting Talk and participating in a Contributor Day panel, I had given a talk at WordPress in all current formats. Here’s a look back at the first West Coast WordCamp of 2019, February 15-17 in the Valley of the Sun.

Social Chatter: WordCamp US

WordCamp US Social Chatter

SOCIAL CHATTER WCUS: I wanted to give back as a volunteer at WordCamp US, December 7-9, 2018 in Nashville, TN and served as an emcee in the Guitar Room. Here’s a look back at the weekend’s event.

WordCamp Presentations for Download

WordCamp Phoenix Downloads

It’s yours for the taking Thank you for attending my lighting talk today, 90 Days to Live: Finding your Place in the WordPress Community, at WordCamp Phoenix 2019. A WordCamp is the best value in the technology space – image a roster of all-star influencers and creators speaking on what they are passionate about, lunch, snacks, […]

WordCamp Slam: Phoenix makes fourth speech in calendar year

WordCamp Phoenix Social Media Card

On February 16, 3:20p I’ll circle the proverbial bases scoring my fourth presentation at WordCamp Phoenix, in the Valley of the Sun. It all seems like a blur, but presenting “90 Days: Finding your place in the WordPress Community“, marks another milestone proving that when focusing on things you’re passionate about, amazing things are possible […]