Speaker Interview: Tracy Rotton

In the run up to WordCamp Lancaster, we will be featuring some of our speakers here on the website.

  • Tracy Rotton

    How and when did you get started with WordPress?

    Aside from using WordPress to build my own blog, I started using it for clients as a federal government contractor. Our client had several smaller offices looking to simplify their web publishing tools, and WordPress was a perfect fit.

    If you’ve attended WordCamp Lancaster before, what’s your fondest memory of it? If not, what do you like most about WordCamps?

    Whoopie pies! And being able to hang and geek out on WordPress with some of my favorite people from home and from around the country.

    What do you hope attendees will take away from your talk?

    That people realize that they don’t need to have to be PHP and JavaScript experts to contribute to the community. Whether it’s speaking at your local meetup or contributing to one of the many make.wordpress.org teams, there’s a ton of ways everyone can give back to the project, no matter their experience or skill level.

    What are you currently learning?

    My motto is “Always be leveling up.” I’m always trying to learn all the things, but right now, I’m trying to get over my long-standing JavaScriptphobia. Things like Backbone, the JSON REST API, and React are all a part of that too.

    Do you know what a stroopie is? No googling.

    Not a clue. But because I’m originally from South Jersey, I call hoagies “subs” and people who come from Pennsylvania to the Jersey Shore “shoobies.”

    What did you do during the blizzard?


    Where can we find you online?

    90% of my social media happens on Twitter, @taupecat. That’s also my handle on Instagram (where I mostly post pictures of my kids or what I’m drinking (because of my kids ;-)). You can read some of my longer-form stuff at taupecat.com, and I also blog for my agency’s site at rp3agency.com/author/tracy-rotton/.

Tracy Rotton‘s session is titled You Have Something to Say. View the full schedule.

WordCamp Lancaster will be held on March 5th with Contributor Day on March 6th. Get your ticket today.