In the run up to WordCamp Lancaster, we will be featuring some of our speakers here on the website.
How and when did you get started with WordPress?
In March 2007, I googled myself and discovered that I was not easily found on the internet. I was on page 3 or something like that. As a designer and online marketing consultant, that was an issue. So, on March 17th – St. Patrick’s Day – I launched a WordPress blog at liamdempsey.com. It was my first WordPress site. Within three weeks, I was the top result for a Google search for my name and I’ve been there ever since.
If you’ve attended WordCamp Lancaster before, what’s your fondest memory of it? If not, what do you like most about WordCamps?
It was last year: Charlie Reisinger gave an amazing talk about the wonderful IT practices and activities he and his colleagues are implementing at Penn Manor School District. It was so cool to see the creativity and innovation that was making open source solutions work in their corner of the world.
What do you hope attendees will take away from your talk?
The confidence and at least a technique or two to help them be more outgoing, as and when they need or want to be so.
What are you currently learning?
I’m always trying to be more efficient, more focused and more strategic. That’s a constant learning process for me.
In 2016, I’m researching CRM for small service consultancies like LBDesign.
Lastly, I learn from those around me. I never know what I am going to learn from them, but by paying as close attention as I can, I know I’ll learn much of value.
Do you know what a stroopie is? No googling.
What did you do during the blizzard?
Enjoyed the disconnect. I was lucky to spend lots of down time with my family. Yep, I shoveled a bit too.
Where can we find you online?
I’m still working up my Peach profile, so let’s go with Twitter: @liamdempsey
WordCamp Lancaster will be held on March 5th with Contributor Day on March 6th. Get your ticket today.