D’nelle Dowis began using WordPress in 2009 as a website manager. She fell so in love with the flexibility of the platform that she now builds WordPress sites as a part of job as an internet consultant (a delightfully vague term meant to encompass content writing, social media management, website development and email marketing).
“I had created HTML websites and used other Content Management systems before,” says D’nelle, “so I figured that using WordPress would be just another CMS to wrangle. I had no idea how it would suck me in… I’m totally a WordPress evangelist now.”
D’nelle attended WCN12 after years as a participant and volunteer at Nashville’s BarCamp and PodCamp, “Once I saw what a great community has built up in Nashville around WordPress, I wanted to be more involved.”
After attending WordPress Nashville meetups, her professional network expanded and her business grew. “Not only have I made amazing connections with people I now call my colleagues and friends, I’ve seen new work come my way directly from this community.”
Speaking at WCN13 seemed a logical step. D’nelle threw her hat in the ring and let the planning crew decide where she fit best.
“I work best when I’m asked questions or challenged to solve a problem,” she says, “So when I was asked to talk about images, plugins and themes for Track 1, I couldn’t wait. And, as nervous as I was going into it – it was my first time speaking at a professional conference like that – I relaxed almost instantly and had a great time. It was like what I do with my own clients every day, only with a big group all together.”
This year, D’nelle is organizing all session submissions and is the point-person for anyone on the schedule to speak. “I want everyone in the community – in Nashville and at large – who is considering speaking to take the plunge whether they have experience or not,” she says.
(If you haven’t already, hop over to the session submissions page and submit your ideas – even if they’re vague or you’re not sure where you fit, we want to hear from you!)
You call follow D’nelle at http://twitter.com/d_nelle
As part of the build-up to WordCamp Nashville 2014 Faces of WordPress will highlight members of Middle Tennessee’s great – and growing – WordPress community. We will feature WP users at all levels, newbies to advanced developers. And mark your calendar. This year’s Big Event is May 3, 2014.