WordCamp Edinburgh 2017

I am currently sat on a Trans Pennine Express train from Edinburgh to Preston station having spent a thoroughly lovely weekend away at WordCamp Edinburgh. Like other WordCamp events this is a great opportunity to learn new things and met new people. This weekend was additionally special however as it was the first time I had the opportunity to meet some of our new team at Highrise Digital.

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A Weekend at WordCamp Bristol

This weekend saw the next in a series of conferences about WordPress (the software I use to build websites with) happening in Bristol. This weekend was the very first WordCamp Bristol and was an opportunity to visit a city which I have not been to before.

Having booked a lovely looking AirBnB house this time I decided to have a little road trip, picking up a friend and fellow WordPress enthusiast Jonny. The journey down to Birmingham to collect Jonny and also onward to Bristol was wonderful with no traffic issues. We have one stop near to Bristol to get some lunch.

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A Trip to WordCamp London 2017

This weekend was the annual WordCamp London conference in the capital. Every year our community of open source software developers, users, designers and everyone else involved with WordPress gather in the capital in order to discuss everything WordPress related. It is always a brilliant weekend and this weekend was no exception.

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The Abandoned Trip to London

This morning I embarked on a trip to London to see my colleague Keith and attend the WordPress London meet up event. Waking up in the morning was the news that #stormdoris was hitting most parts of the United Kingdom, but on checking the rail services for my journey – all “appeared” well.

After walking the kids to school in the pouring rain it was time to head to the station to catch the train to Preston. This part of the journey went according to plan. In fact it went better than according to plan as I was able to jump on an earlier train.

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BigWP WordPress Meetup in London

I travelled down to London on the train to meet-up with Keith for the WordPress BigWP meet-up help at the stunning News UK building near Tower bridge. Got some great photos of Tower Bridge and the Tower of London on the way.

The morning after we had a great breakfast at the Breakfast Club restaurant after meeting one of our clients.

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A New Career Chapter

Today I quit my job working as a Secondary School teacher in a Lancashire high school. The job was well paid, with a good pension and a good salary. I am leaving to work as a freelance WordPress developer and consultant with no guaranteed salary or benefits. Why am I doing this I wondered?

I have been teaching for over a decade now. I have taught a number of different subjects but finally settled into teaching ICT and in fact was Subject Leader (Head of Department in old money!) for over 4 years. It was during my teaching career that I developed a passion for working with the web and particularly WordPress, making blogs for students to access as well as websites for students to use in distance learning.

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