I started a WordPress agency with my father back in 2007. As a non-technical founder, I found that the fastest way to find new clients and get connected in the community, was to start a podcast. It was the power of meeting others and uplifting them by publishing their stories, that helped me find a great career with this amazing software.
WordPress continues to help me grow personally and professionally. I’ve made so many great friends in this space, online and offline.
What do you enjoy most about working in WordPress?
I love my role at Gravity Forms. It’s a dynamic role that allows me to be the voice of the customer for the product & marketing teams AND the literal voice of their podcast, _Breakdown._ As a 10+ year customer of the product, it’s a perfect spot for me.
I continue to publish WordPress content at The WP Minute, your favorite 5 minutes of WordPress every week. Building a community of folks who are really into what’s happening with WordPress news and our beloved software is both challenging and rewarding.
WordPress is one of the most important pieces of software on the planet. It empowers humans in so many ways. On the surface, it can help end users publish websites, blog posts, or have a portfolio of their work online for the world to discover.
But it goes a lot deeper than that. This is a piece of software that enables people to earn a living by publishing words or pushing code deploys. An expansive ecosystem of opportunity that’s underpinned by an open community which lends to anyone to give back to the project.
What do you love most about your Post Status membership?
Having a central hub of WordPress professionals is paramount to the health of the project. Post Status represents a collection of decision makers and critical thinkers that rally around our favorite piece of software.
Being able to tap that as a resource is important for anyone that makes a living with WordPress.
What business/web/WordPress advice do you have for others in our industry?
Don’t take WordPress for granted. Don’t let WordPress take you for granted. Be a good steward of the software & community, but also know that there’s a lot of your control. Lift up others without expecting something in return. Stay curious about the web and other solutions that are not WordPress. Publish more content this year than you did last year. Find the value in your work and appreciate what you have accomplished.