Chris and I got to know each other at WordCamp San Francisco, back in 2013. In fact, I open the show with a little story about how we failed to find a Chinese restaurant–while walking through Chinatown. Since then, being in opposite corners of the U.S., we haven’t spent nearly the amount of time IRL that we would like to. we have stayed in touch online and I am proud to consider him a good friend.
Chris Wiegman is not only known in the WordPress space, but has worn many hats outside of it as well. Currently he works as a Senior Web Developer at the University of Florida, and yes, he did slip in a “Go, Gators” during the show.
As the title suggests, he has blended both of his passions: development and education. We chatted about how he started in both of these areas and, although not officially a teacher by trade, he does love teaching people through conferences and working with potential developers one-to-one.
I couldn’t help bringing up his time in the WordPress space creating the plugin WP Security, which is now known as iThemes Security. He shares the story of why he created this plugin and I asked him if he had anticipated its growth and popularity. We dive into it more, up to the time he sold it, and I ask him if he misses his plugin.
We wrap the show learning more about Chris the pilot and the momentous event, getting his pilot’s license. I couldn’t let him get away without knowing whether he dreamed of being a pilot when he was a child, and also, when is comes to being a passenger, is there such a thing as a back seat driver/pilot?
Oh, and we wonder if there is a good Irish pub in Nashville. You will learn why we are seeking that out later this year.