good listener | teacher | open-minded | fan of non-geek | content guy | animal lover | loves to laugh, often at himself
In 2007 I started dabbling with WordPress. In 2008, I realized it was the perfect solution for my clients and myself.
And the rest is history.
A heart for teaching
Since 2008, I have taught thousands of people in groups and individually—online and in real life. But what most people don’t know about me is that I owned my own marketing firm for more than two decades. So when you attend one of my workshops, or hire me to for online or in-person one-on-one coaching or training or provide you with group training , you also get my 20+ years of marketing, design, and entrepreneurship experience—all at no extra cost.
The best way to describe my WordPress training style is “non-geeky.” I keep things simple and straightforward.
I don’t pretend to know everything. However, if you choose to hire me, if I don’t know the answer, I will let you know. But be rest assured, I’ll find the answer or locate someone who will be able to help you. If you contact me, I’ll let you know what I can and cannot do. One thing I hear over and over when I get a return email is “Thanks, Bob, for being so honest.”
A commitment to the community
I am a huge believer in giving back. I love it that the WordPress community values learning. I blog several times a week here, blog over on BobWP Stories, am a regular blogger on GoDaddy Garage Blog, and spend hours scouring social media weekly for tips and resources to share.
In my time on social media, I reach out to people who are having issues or challenges with WordPress and share easy solutions when I have them. I am also a past organizer for the Seattle WordPress Meetups, organized Seattle WordCamp 2012 and co-organized it in 2014. I also co-organize the Seattle WooCommerce Meetup and have my own BobWP WordPress Workshop meetup.
I have spoken at countless meetups and events. In my years of teaching, I’ve given hundreds of hours of free workshops across the Puget Sound. I have spoken at four New Media Expos, several WordCamps and at the newly launched WooCommerce Conference.
One more thing
I actually do have a life outside WordPress. Here are a few things you might not know about me:
I love any movie that Christopher Guest produces, from Spinal Tap to For Your Consideration.
I make the best veggie pizza on the planet.
I learned most of my life lessons from Curly of the Three Stooges.
Most people don’t believe I’m an introvert. I remember my stomach getting tied up in a double knot at the thought of speaking to even 10 people.
I can never get enough of Monty Python or Fawlty Towers.
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’ll choose a good mystery or horror novel over any TV show today.
I cherish all living creatures, and find it hard to kill even a nasty-looking spider.
I bartended 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 and particularly ones with Humphrey Bogart, James Stewart, Carey Grant and a few others.
I’m addicted to Hitchcock movies.
And yes, I am an optimistic fool.