Owain is an Umbraco MVP, an Umbraco certified master and works on Umbraco projects on a daily basis. When not coding, he enjoys running, spending time with his wife and building lego!
This issue of Community Corner is hot off the press after the biggest community organised Umbraco Festival ever. Umbraco UK Festival. 300+ people all coming together for 2 days in London to talk about all things Umbraco. It was an inspirational couple of days and I hope to write up a full blog about it soon.
One thing a couple of people asked me was, when is the next MVP post coming out and when I replied I said I hope to get them back out weekly.
With this in mind, I thought I better get publishing!
I've also worked out I'm probably going to need to publish 2 a week or maybe more to get them all done before CodeGarden 2020!
However, saying that, I'm currently trying to write this blog post while on a very slow Virgin Trains wifi connection so you are only getting one MVP in this issue.
Please welcome Lee Kelleher to the Community Corner.
How did you first hear about Umbraco CMS?
Back in 2007, looking around for an open-source .NET CMS (that also supported XSLT). Found Umbraco from a google search.
How long have you been part of the Umbraco community and what do you like / dislike about it?
Since 2007, Umbraco v3.0.3. I like the friendly knowledge-sharing spirit of the community.
Have you been to CodeGarden? If yes, what did you think about it, if no, is there any reason why?
My first CodeGarden was in 2009. I've been every year since then. CG is the centrepiece of the Umbraco community - a must do.
How did it feel when you received the notification that you were being awarded an MVP award?
I've been award MVP status 9 times now, each year it comes as a complete surprise to me.
Has being awarded the MVP made you look at things differently / has it changed anything in your day to day life e.g. asked to do more Umbraco talks? Asked more Umbraco questions at your workplace?
I originally thought that the MVP award made me instantly recognisable at CodeGarden and various festivals. But I later realised that it wasn't the MVP, it was my contributions and collaborations within the community - whether that be developing packages or presenting talks. Of course, some people expect me to have a deep understanding of every part of Umbraco. Between you and me, I have no idea how the load-balancing bits work.
If you could offer a new member of the community one bit of advice, what would it be?
My advice would be to "Share your shit". It's the name of a talk that was given at CG09, it was one of the catalysts for me becoming more involved with Umbraco. The idea is that even if you think your own ideas (or code) are shit, they might be treasure for someone else. We're all part of an ecosystem. More info about the talk here: http://www.tor.dk/2008/07/04/share-your-shit/
Tell us about 1 of your most favourite things whether it's a band, a colour, a bit of software you couldn't live without, an item of clothing, a book, anything but tell us why you love it so much.
Currently, it's my acoustic bass (Washburn AB5B). I play it daily - much to the annoyance of my children.
What does a typical day look like for you during the working week?
I work from my office at home - so it's an ongoing balance between work and family life. Starting with getting the kids ready for school, to checking emails / issue trackers / client conference calls ... and some coding in-between.
What do you do in your spare time? Hobbies?
I play bass guitar in a local covers band, lots of 90s/early-2000s stuff - anything from Blur to Rage Against the Machine.
Anything else you'd like to share with the Umbraco Community?
Keep sharing your ideas and knowledge! #h5yr