In this edition of our WordPress Community Interview series, we chatted with Houston Smith, a Loyola University student. WordCamp New Orleans was the first WordCamp he’s ever attended and because of that, had a unique perspective to share.

Whether you attend WordCamps regularly or considering your first, you’re sure to find inspiration in the short video below.

Stop by the District for more from WordCamp New Orleans and interviews with other influencers in the WordPress community!

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Houston Smith:

My name’s Houston Smith. I’m a student at Loyola University. My supervisor from my intern recommended that I go to Word Camp today to learn a little bit more about WordPress, because we use it often in the web development process. It’s just beneficial.

Question:
What brought you to WordCamp?

Houston Smith:
Well I’m learning a lot that’s for sure. I did not anticipate the variety of presentations. As far as I’m concerned I did not know that I was going to learn a little bit about pod casting as well. That was still fun, interesting, and even give me a little bit of an idea of some things to pitch to clients. Of course it’s okay. There’s also this and it comes with all of these other features to help you promote. Just really interesting but I’d say that so far it’s been so good.

Question:
What talks are you still looking forward to seeing?

Houston Smith:
Well to be honest I was looking forward to something a little bit more like how to’s. Going through WordPress it is also my first few times around WordPress. I’d say I’ve been using it for maybe like a year and a half now. Aside from school assignments.  [inaudible 00:01:11] actually putting together blog posts, or websites with … I was looking forward to understanding a little bit more about the nature of plug ins. Just getting around to that, and understanding how that actually is a huge contributor to website success.

Question:
Lightning round. Cowboys or aliens?

Houston Smith:
Aliens.

Question:
Snakes or sharks?

Houston Smith:
Sharks.

Question:
Faster or slower?

Houston Smith:
Slow and steady wins the race.

 

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