I hope this post isn’t out of line and that I’ve picked the correct category for it. In my experience with internet foruming, a new site like this needs a place for people to check in, introduce themselves and say hello. I get the idea that a lot of you out there maybe know each other already, but I’m going to go ahead and try this anyway.
Since I started this, I guess I’ll go first.
The first thing I’d want to say about myself is that I’m more of a dabbler than a developer. I pay my mortgage working in a scientific research support role, so this WordPress thing is mostly a side gig for me. I’ve been doing various types of freelance computer work for twenty years now. I’ve done everything from fix people’s computers (ugh, never again) to database processing and analysis for direct mail (I’ll be spending some time in purgatory for that) to too many different flavors of web development and programming.
I started working with computers when I was 14 years old, which doesn’t sound that impressive these days except that I was born in 1966. The first machine I wrote code on was a Timex/Sinclair 1000 and the first one I owned was a Commodore 64. My washing machine now has more computing power than my first computer did. I’m kind of an old-timey computer guy, despite only being 47. I’m kind of a curmudgeon and I’m happy to tell all you whippersnappers to get off my lawn.
These days I mostly do WordPress, except for legacy stuff and the odd PHP wrangling gig. I have a couple dozen active clients now, the biggest one being BigBlueInteractive.com, the oldest, fan-run website covering the New York Football Giants.
I live on Long Island in New York with my beautiful wife, precocious daughter and enormous, white dog.