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.

“@joesimpsonjr delivers an eloquent story of how #community and #opensource changed the course of his journey!”

@bluehost

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

@mcdwayne

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

@carol_stephen

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

@porcupiny

“Thank you @joesimpsonjr for being part of the #WordPress #community. Loved your talk at #WCLAX! ”

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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?

WordCamp Chicago After Party

Another 90 Days: Appearance on The Jeff Large Podcast

November 18, 2018

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.

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Close Your Eyes: Seeing Value in Accessibility

Twitter Chatter: WordCamp Los Angeles

November 17, 2018

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):

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Pedestrian walking along Chicago River, tour boat in background.

Twitter Chatter: WordCamp Chicago

November 17, 2018

My return to the very windy, Windy City (after 30+ years) also signaled stepping onstage to speak again, this time at my very first WordCamp. Held at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law in the West Loop, it felt emotional and satisfying to continue healing and growing back into WordPress. Here is some feedback from those in attendance on social media (Twitter and Instagram):

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WordCamp Orange County Audio-Visual Screens

Twitter Chatter: WordCamp Orange County

November 17, 2018

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):

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Weekend in Pictures: WordCamp Orange County

November 17, 2018

  WordCamp Orange County was a blast! Here’s a look back at the largest, most organized, energetic, WordPressy, and ‘funnest’ WordCamp I’ve attended to date. I was so wiped out from the weekend I had to stop at my brother’s home on the drive back to nap! Enjoy the Weekend in Pictures and share your…

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Joe Simpson, WordCamp Orange County

My Magical WordCamp Tour Continues: Orange County

November 17, 2018

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…

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WordCamp Orange County Volunteers

Wearing two hats: giving it all at WordCamp Orange County

July 16, 2018

Day 1: Good guys wear black speaker hats Presenting “90 Days to Live” for the second time to open WordCamp Orange County’s Beach Room but I did have nerves. After all, in Chicago two months earlier, no one knew me. Here in Southern California, a new layer of jitters was added by the new speech…

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Writing a Speech Introduction

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

July 16, 2018

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…

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Spotlight: WordCamp Chicago

Laying down the law – WordCamp Chicago

July 16, 2018

Recap: WordCamp Chicago, April 28-29, 2018 My WordCamp experience was very different in Chicago. Since I was presenting, my focus Saturday was on being reading, practicing “90 Days to Live” and relaxing so I couldn’t really focus and fully absorb presentations on Saturday. During breaks, I’d walk the city, getting in my ten thousand steps and…

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Chicago Theater with public art and bike racks in foreground, Chicago, IL.

Chicago 10K per day: Getting your steps in during WordCamp

May 16, 2018

Sightseeing takes on a much different perspective be it by plane, train or automobile but a world-class city like Chicago is perfect on foot. For the first time in decades, I was in town for WordCamp Chicago the weekend of April 28th, took a different approach to getting around enjoying the art, architecture during free…

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