The first thing I have to tell you is that I absolutely hate writing about myself. I’m a firm believer that if you’re any good at something, others will say nice things about you and your work. Which is to say, I don’t like blowing my own horn. But apparently, I have to in this case, so here goes….
I’ve been working in the webhosting field for over 19 years now. I first started when it was a big deal to get website hosting for a minimum of $150 a month. That got you about 50MB of space and a few hundred MB’s of bandwidth. and of course that didn’t cover the domain registration fees from Network Solutions, who at the time, were the only game in town for domains.
Over the course of my career, I’ve seen trendy products come and go (anyone here remember Microsoft FrontPage?). But during my years, the thinking behind what websites should do and how they should be built has steadily improved, in my opinion.
This brings me to my experiences with WordPress. I vividly remember sitting in my cubicle at a large white label web hosting provider and evaluating new products all the time as the Product Manager. I had used WordPress’s predecessor (b2 cafelog) and when WordPress was launched I thought it was a good product, but not really something I could recommend adding to our suite at the time. But the more I played with it, the more I realized that this was a very easy way for people to start publishing without having to learn how to code or hire a developer. Needless to say, the momentum with WordPress started to grow, and pretty soon it was all over the place, powering sites of all kinds, from all corners of the earth.
This brings me to the present. I have attended, spoken at, and helped organize WordCamps across North America, as well as numerous meetups. After a bit of a break, I am now starting to speak at events again and work on some new projects, using WordPress of course.
If you’ve managed to make it this far, God bless you for sticking around and reading the drivel. Please feel free to reach out to me using the contact form, or leave a comment on a post, whatever strikes your fancy!