My name is Robert Gillmer, and I’m a WordPressaholic. Yup, that’s right, I’m addicted to WordPressahol. I’ve been building websites for three and a half years now, and have been using WordPress to do so for 3 years and 25 weeks. (Don’t hold that against me.) For those that know the release schedule, Thelonious introduced me to WordPress.
Am I a front-end developer or a back-end one? Truth is, I don’t know where the distinction lay1. I code stuff that the end users see on the front page; I style stuff through the magic and splendor of CSS that end users see; I create custom posts types and custom fields for website admins and editors; I write functional plugins; I misuse and abuse semicolons2. Does that make me front-end, back-end, or “middle-end?” All I can say is, stop worrying so much about my end.
WordPress is a gateway drug to WordCamps, of which I am also an addict3. Since my first one in Las Vegas at the end of 2012, I’ve been to four in 2013 and are planning to go to seven in 2014. Also, I’ve recently been tapped to help coordinate the 2014 WordCamp Vegas. You can also usually find me at our local WordPress Meetup, as well as our blogging Meetup.
I’m an avid fan of Advanced Custom Fields. It goes in every site I build, and you can’t beat the Repeater addon. I hate to be just another person lauding Gravity Forms, but they do deserve it. I hate sliders, but I do build them for people if they insist. I code locally with Desktop Server, I push to Git via Beanstalk, and I do this all on a PC. Though I am starting to see the appeal of Macs. (Note: none of those are affiliate links, so click to your heart’s content.)
When I’m not WordPressing4, I’m consuming pop culture. Like, a lot of it. My brain overfloweth with pop culture references. I’m a Whovian, a Sherlockian, and a Browncoat. I believe that the Deathly Hallows are real, that the turtle moves, that the odds are never in your favor, and that all things serve the Beam5. I know that winter is coming, that there’s always money in the banana stand, and that the owls are not what they seem. I know that if Joss Whedon, Steven Moffat, and George R.R. Martin walk into a bar, then everyone you ever loved dies. And I know that if you’re not watching Archer on FX, you’re missing one of the most consistently funny shows on TV.6
I also support local community theatre, though I’m not as involved with it as I should be. I blame the WordPressing I do. And the TV. But mainly the WordPressing.
Any questions about me, of either the WordPress or pop culture variety, please feel free to drop me a line.
2 There really should be only one semicolon per sentence; they separate two complete clauses which are thematically related; using too many dilutes their use; separate sentences should be used instead. Just sayin’.
3 I may not know “lay” vs. “lie,” but I do know that prepositions are something that sentences should not be ended with.3.a
3.a And that rules are to be broken sometimes.3.a.1
4 Can I use WordPress as a verb?4.a
Also props to you if you read these footnotes. They’re my homage to Terry Pratchett.