What We Do Around Here
We produce a lot of content on WordPress, eCommerce, monetizing, content marketing, and yes, blogging. Our blog is filled with tutorials and post and Bob hosts the BobWP eCommerce Show and is co-host of the Do the Woo Podcast.
And to be totally transparent, this is our biz. We no longer do design, training or coaching services. Nor do we sell products. It’s just all about teaching you. We monetize ourselves through sponsored content, colleague support and those moments when you click on an affiliate link.
Bob Dunn aka BobWP
good listener | teacher | open-minded | fan of non-geek | content guy | monetizer |animal & nature lover | loves to laugh, often at himself
As I kid, I never wanted to be a blogger or podcaster. I guess that makes sense, since neither came around for quite sometime. But I did dream of writing, along with designing cars, becoming a zoologist, and about a dozen other random, unrelated careers. And sometimes I feel I missed my true calling, a wildlife photographer.
When I touched my first computer, I was hooked, in an odd sort of way. That was a Radio Shack TRS 80 via the early 1980’s. I dabbled in programming until I realized it was just a notch above living with a chronic, nagging pain. Eventually I became an Apple boy and started to teach myself graphic design.
When Judy and I expanded our business into a marketing firm, web site design became an important skill. I struggled with it and started looking for something a little easier than working in HTML.
During this time eCommerce crept into my life. My first endeavor was in 2004 with a stock photography site. It was an interesting experience and I will just leave it at that.
In 2007 I began to dabble in WordPress and by 2008, I knew it was the perfect solution for me and my clients. We dove back into eCommerce a bit more by starting an membership site in 2008 as well, a time before membership sites really were catching on. And obviously with the technology nowhere at where it is today, it took us a good 9 months to develop the site.
And when WooCommerce was released in 2011, eCommerce became a bigger part of my life.
The rest is history, as they say.
I love pushing out the tons of content here. Judy and I imagine the pace may drive me crazy someday. But until then, I want to keep giving our readers help and guidance—all in a very non-geeky way. I also do a couple of podcasts here and have been told with my voice that I should have been either a DJ or a minister.
And yes, one of these days I want to really get back into having fun with photography.
Oh, That’s Not All
I actually do have a life outside WordPress. Here are a few things you might not know about me:
I am a huge fan of cheese. Just about any kind of cheese.
I learned most of my life lessons from Curly of the Three Stooges.
Most people don’t believe I’m an introvert at heart. I remember my stomach getting tied up in a double knot at the thought of speaking to even 10 people.
My road to entrepreneurship started with a job driving an ice cream truck, you know, the kind with that irritating, make-it-stop music.
I immerse myself in books — a good mystery, suspense or horror novel.
I cherish all living creatures, and find it hard to kill even a nasty-looking spider.
I was a bartender in the days of “Harvey Wallbangers” and “Rusty Nails.”
I believe the amount of liquid in a glass has nothing to do with anything but thirst.
I’m a huge fan of old classic movies, particularly ones with Humphrey Bogart, Jean Arthur, James Stewart, Barbara Stanwyck, James Cagney and Carey Grant to name just a few.
I’m addicted to Hitchcock movies.
And yes, I am an optimistic fool.
Judy Lee Dunn
storyteller | dreamer | heart for animals | idea magnet | loves new pens and making people laugh
I am the silent half of BobWP. I’ve wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember. My parents would have nothing of that whole starving artist thing, so they sent me to school to be a teacher.
But then Bob and I married and, on a whim, we decided to open our own business. I left the classroom without the gold watch and the retirement goodies, but excited as only a first-time entrepreneur can be.
Fast forward through the 20 years of our marketing, design and copywriting business and here we both are, doing what we love. Bob, dishing out all kinds of WordPress gems and social media advice and me, managing the content side of the business.
My least favorite part of my duties here at BobWP? Editing other people’s content. And my best days? Well, I must say, they are spent with a hot mug of Starbucks Ethiopian blend, our long-haired black rescue cat Chester on my lap and a new story bouncing around in my head.
7 Things You Don’t Know About Me
1. I can speak four languages.
I know French, English, Spanish and Swahili. (Okay, I can only say ‘Four knives will be sufficient’ in Swahili, but you never know when that will come in handy.)
2. I have written three middle grade children’s novels.
They are sitting forlornly in my work-in-progress file, still in rough draft stage. Someday I will finish them.
3. I was once attacked by a mob of ninja mosquitoes in Senegal, West Africa.
After I had fallen asleep, the college intern who was joining our team for the summer had arrived late at night and opened the window of the hotel room we were sharing because she was ‘too hot!’ I woke up looking like the female version of Elephant Man.
4. I can sing some very strange songs.
In a bizarre throwback from my days of teaching first graders, I can still sing “I’m a Little Pile of Tin, No One Knows What Shape I’m In’ all the way through, complete with hand motions and honking sound effects. Since leaving teaching, I have only sung it once in public. It was in a place called the Silver Dollar Bar, somewhere in Montana.
5. When I was in fourth grade, I wanted to be an interpreter at the United Nations.
Different goal. Strange child. I got laughed at a lot.
6. I’m a reader, a feeder and a collector.
In my spare time, I like reading 19th century novels, preparing gourmet meals for stray cats and collecting those little snow globe thingies.
7. I like to make things up.
I love a little game Bob and I play from time to time: turning the sound off on old movies and inventing new lines of dialogue for the characters. It’s the best way to laugh ourselves sick in the shortest amount of time.
napper | birdwatcher| likes Temptations (the treat kind) | boss of humans | breadmaker | loves open windows
I have absolutely nothing to do with this site, but I’m a cat and it’s important that I am included here.
I was forced into the WordPress world, and to be honest, since then, I haven’t been very impressed with it. My lack of opposable thumbs makes it hard to blog and I see no value in staring at a computer screen all day. But I do enjoy reaping the benefits, especially when my humans are able to transform them into noms and a clean litter box.
I admit I was brought into this world in a very bad situation. My current humans rescued me when I was a 1-year old. Since then, life has been good to me and if WordPress has anything to do with that, well, I’ll give it that.
Unlike my humans, I am not sharing anything else because, unlike some people, I cherish my privacy. In fact, I would prefer that you move along: read a post and click on an affiliate link as that may bring more food into my life.