WCTO 2017


Bridges! So many bridges! You see – I have a fear of bridges. And the higher they are, the more terrifying they are. Especially when the wind is blowing. And there are FIVE HUGE BRIDGES between Rochester, New York and Toronto.  What does that mean? That means that every time I visit Toronto, I have to face down my fears,…

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WordCamp Montreal


It’s the first morning of WordCamp Montreal and so far so good! The only hiccups for me have to do with driving here: the street signs don’t always match what my navigation is telling me; and Siri doesn’t speak French well. Add to that some torrential downpours on my way in, and it’s been interesting. What has not been a…

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WordCamp Ottawa


WordCamp Ottawa is always an amazing camp – good people, good food, great information and sharing. I always feel welcomed and I always leave with more friends. It is my pleasure to have been selected as a speaker for this year’s WordCamp. I’m happy to share with others about little things we can do – tweaks really – that can…

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Up and Coming Businesswoman 2016


Today I was recognized by the Rochester Women’s Network as one of 5 Up and Coming Businesswomen for 2016. It’s an honor that I am truly grateful to receive. I wanted to share my thank you speech with you here, hoping that my experience may help or inspire you in your journey. Here it is… Three and a half years…

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How to Favorite WordPress Plugins


WordPress. Plugins. Favorites. Did you know that you can make your WordPress experience even better by favoriting plugins? If you use many free plugins, then favoriting them in the repository can save you time. A lot of time. There are a few ways you can add plugins to your site: Download them from the repository, then upload them to your site. Search…

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I Love You More than WordPress


I Love WordPress. But I Love You More. I have made such a wonderful group of friends through WordPress. It’s gotten so that when I’m reading Facebook or Twitter on my phone and laugh out loud, my husband assumes its one of my WordPress friends (you know who you are). I eat, breathe, sleep, work, read, and listen to all…

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WordCamp Pittsburgh


I’m really excited to be presenting at WordCamp Pittsburgh…their inaugural WordCamp, especially since I’ll be organizing Rochester’s first ever WordCamp in less than a month! My topic is “Hidden Features of WordPress.” Of course, these awesome features aren’t really hidden, it’s just that most people don’t know to look for them – or where they are. In this talk I introduce you…

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WordPress heart with heartbeat

WordPress: A Labor of Love


WordPress gives me all the feels, but at the end of the day, it’s still work — a labor of love. “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” ~Confucius All due respect to Confucius, but loving what you do doesn’t make every day full of hearts, flowers, candy, and rainbows. …

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Meagan Hanes and Andrea Middleton

Meagan Hanes: What Being a Woman Web Designer Means to Me


I’m a woman web designer – what this means to me. Being a web designer/developer is, for me, one of the most interesting and fulfilling careers available today. I love helping clients understand and implement the technology combination they need to achieve their dreams, and often times help by asking interesting questions that benefit the client in abstract and concrete…

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