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 […]

Hands-On: Building a Brand New WordPress Community

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

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 […]

WordCamp Riverside Recap: Three’s a magic number

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

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 […]

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! […]

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.

Twitter Chatter: WordCamp Santa Clarita

A Look Back at WordCamp Santa Clarita

CHIT CHAT: The first WordCamp north of Los Angeles (#WCLAX) and south of Sacrament (#WCSAC) since 2014. We’re the fifth annual WordCamp in Southern California. Here’s a look back at chatter on Twitter surrounding the event.

Gone but not forgotten: A look back at WordCamp Santa Clarita

Speaker's Dinner at Wolf Creek Brewery, WordCamp Santa Clarita

I dreamed of this day. Like the phantom pain that first appeared in my left arm, then my right, and chest that my doctors couldn’t diagnose for five years, suddenly materializing in an instant- WordCamp Santa Clarita presented itself to the WordPress Community April 5-6, 2019.
“A dream you dream alone is only a dream, but a dream you dream together is reality.” John Lennon

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.