October Update 2016

So...it's been a while since I wrote anything on the blog.  If you read blogs, you've probably seen this before.  Creating content for others kind of takes the fun out of keeping your own site up and running. 

Here's what I've been up to over the past several months:

  1. I changed roles.  After 5 years with OSTraining (http://ostraining.com), I'm now the Director of Training for Mautic (https://mautic.com), a really exciting start-up in the marketing automation space.  Mautic is the brainchild of David Hurley who spent a LOT of time in the Joomla! project over the years.  It's a great idea and has phenomenal backing from a fun, committed team and investors.  Mautic is making some pretty big waves in the industry already.

    The work is the same for me - creating videos, training materials, webinars and live training in the product.

    You can see some of my work on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcc9_x7_gNICPkrbG2NU9Xw.

    Here's one example:

  2. I still create videos for Drupal and Joomla!  One of the things I really love is hearing feedback from people who watch what I've produced over the years.  I produced a 63 video series for Drupal 8 that's on YouTube.

    At the time of this blog (10/22/16), it has over 770,000 views.  That's kind of mind blowing for an open source project - and the fact that these are technical videos - not viral in any way.  That series should hit a million views by January.  

    One comment from the training:  "This video series is the best training tool that I've found. Rod explains difficult concepts in a very easy to follow and understand way. I'm now sold on Drupal and will be using it extensively going forward. I've struggled with WordPress, and building HTML from scratch is too time consuming for me to be profitable. I am excited about these new tools and I owe a huge thank you to Rod for this video series."

    Here's the intro video:

    I also created a lot of the free training at Joomla.org. I love the Joomla project and have served on the OSM Board as Vice President. I'm very excited to see what's coming out of the project these days.

  3. NavigateTomorrow is going strong as well.  I still enjoy working with clients and building sites... though just a few a year these days  (http://navigatetomorrow.com).

  4. From the family... I'll be a grandfather again in November (am I really old enough for that?), still play ice hockey a couple of times a week (BlueGills Hockey) and have put 30,000 miles on the bike in less than three years.


Not surprisingly, the most popular post on my blog is the Old Testament Walk Through.  It's been watched thousands of times since I put it up.  If you haven't seen it - take a look.

That about sums it up...