“@joesimpsonjr delivers an eloquent story of how #community and #opensource changed the course of his journey!”
“I am moved from @joesimpsonjr talk at #wcchi about finding and joining the WP community. So much love here.”
“Listening to @joesimpsonjr talking about his 90-day stint doing what he loved — drawing, exercise, and WordPress! #wcoc18 So inspiring!”
“@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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Interviews, Chats and Podcast Appearances
What is Joe Simpson Talking About?
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
On Saturday, April 28, I presented my first WordCamp speech about the WordPress Community in sunny yet brisk, Chicago. Walking off stage during my ‘drop the mic’ moment, I took inventory as my emotion-driven adrenaline slowly began to subside. Almost as suddenly, thoughts of how to give back something helpful to future speakers to help…Read More
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.Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
Considered one of the premiere conferences melding music, film, and technology in one of America’s ‘it’ cities, Austin, Texas, South by Southwest (SXSW) didn’t disappoint. My first time in Texas other than a Delta Airlines stopover in Dallas, SXSW was an incredible combination of what makes me – creative joie de vivre, adventurous spirits and…Read More