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.

Live Studio: Appearance on The Futur with Chris Do

Chris Do, The Future talks Price Bracketing at DTLA WordPress Meetup

Most Meetups go down like this – show up a few minutes early hoping for snacks (after all, you come over right after work most often), get a comfortable seat with a good view of the night’s presenter. This August night was no different if you have your Meetup 52 FLOORS ABOVE DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES, ARE TREATED TO AN EVENING WITH CHRIS DO, and you’re FEATURED PROMINENTLY ON A SEGMENT FOR HIS POPULAR YOUTUBE CHANNEL SHOW! Not to sound all Fan Boy and such but this was (yet again) another example of why the WordPress Community is so cool!

Another 90 Days: Appearance on The Jeff Large Podcast

While at WordCamp Chicago, I met Jeff Large (left).

Jeff Large, an entrepreneur and leading voice in Podcasting space and a fellow presenter sat at a table with a beer and over the next 48 hours we had genuine conversations about family, business, toys, Grand Rapids, Michigan, and our connections to WordPress. We connected over the weekend, hung out at one another’s talks, after parties, then went our separate ways. We stayed in touch over media channels – until he called on me to appear on his show, the Jeff Large Podcast, “Cherish Life Every Day”, September 20, 2018.

Twitter Chatter: WordCamp Los Angeles

Close Your Eyes: Seeing Value in Accessibility

My first exposure to the concept of a WordCamp was here in Los Angeles, my hometown. The location and faces have changed, but the things that make the WordPress Open Source Project such a cool Community experience still remain and burn as strong as ever. Here is some feedback from those in attendance on social media (Twitter and Instagram):

Twitter Chatter: WordCamp Orange County

WordCamp Orange County Audio-Visual Screens

Held in the largest room for the WordCamp, the Beach Room was the gateway to the conference, visible to all attendees from the stairs or lift to the second-floor location (see first Tweet below). Large monitors on all sides display messaging, CART services, and slide visuals making a truly immersive experience for my message of hope and motivation. Here is some feedback from those in attendance on social media (Twitter):

My Magical WordCamp Tour Continues: Orange County

Joe Simpson, WordCamp Orange County

Recap: WordCamp Orange County, June 9, 2018 Be Like Mike I didn’t know that I wanted to Be Like Mike. At the Speaker’s Dinner for WordCamp Orange County (#WCOC) on Friday evening at the Rancho San Joaquin Golf Course in Irvine, I had a great conversation with Mike “Judah” Baker. Just like me, Mike did […]

Setting the stage: Writing a great introduction for your (WordCamp) speech

Writing a Speech Introduction

Would you hastily leave the house in the morning without your left shoe, thinking your shiny right patent leather shoe will suffice? A well-written introduction sets the stage for your success and the hook your audience’s attention. Here are tips on writing an introduction to your speech, if you can’t access the services of the talented […]

The Windy City Miracle begins my WordCamp Speaking Journey

WordCamp Chicago, April 28-29, 2018

I’ve been confirmed as a presenter at my first WordCamp. WordCamp Chicago takes place April 28-29 at Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W Adams Street. If you’re in the city that weekend, level up in the WordPress Open Source Project as I begin my speaking journey.

Attenhut! WordCamp San Diego 2018

WordCamp San Diego, April 14-15, 2018

Awakening at 4 o’clock in the morning is never fun, but it felt like boot camp reveille. Saturday, April 14th began this way because I needed to arrive in “America’s Finest City”, San Diego by 7:45 am. Why so early you ask? Today is the first of the two-day WordCamp San Diego 2018 and I was taking […]

Swim Upstream: Attending WordCamp US from Your Living Room

Day 1 Livestream Video Player, Wordcamp US

Unfortunately, my schedule was in flux and I could not attend WordCamp US. But I did notice something different from other Wordcamps I had attended — a LIVESTREAM link in the menu. Here’s how I enjoy being there without being there…