“@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!”
“Thank you @joesimpsonjr for being part of the #WordPress #community. Loved your talk at #WCLAX! ”
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?
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.Read More
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):Read More
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):Read More
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):Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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