Interview with Kim Woodbridge

microphonesRecently i decided i wanted to meet a few of the online people i know a little better. I mean all those blogging friends, my readers and some WordPress tycoons i’ve been around recently. So, with this post a new series will be starting here with interviews about interesting people on my online life. Don’t be surprised if i contact you soon…

I decided to start the interviews with a dear online friend of mine, Kim. Our story is quite funny. It all started when she made a post over to her blog making fun of my lolcats plugin. I am not the type of person to be easily offended so i just found it to be constructive critisism. From there it has all been a nice friendship. Through her blog i met very nice people and we have worked together quite a few times. So, here is the interview.

1. Give us a short briefing of your self.

Lol – I’m not sure what to say here.  I live in Philadelphia, I’m 40 years old and I have a 6 year old daughter.  I’ve studied Anthropology and have a Masters in Library Science.  I have not, however, ever worked as an Anthropologist or a Librarian ;-)  I’m a vegetarian, I care about the environment, I’m mostly liberal, I love to laugh, and I enjoy video games.  I’m addicted to electricity and I don’t like wearing socks.
2. When and what was your first website?

My first website still exists but I’m not going to give you the URL (although you’re smart enough to find it).  My first project after my day job ends is converting it to WordPress and moving it to a new domain.  But I haven’t answered the question.  I started it in 1996 and it’s about Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein.  It’s been neglected for years.

3. When did you start programming?

I’m not really a programmer – I don’t think of myself as one.  I’m more of a designer/consultant/muddler.

4. What programming languages do you know?

I don’t really know any.  I know some PHP and Javascript.  And I know HTML and CSS but those aren’t really programming languages.

5. When did you start freelancing and what was the first job you did?

I started freelancing in August/September 2008.  My first job was upgrading and customizing Siel’s site at http://greenlagirl.com  She actually convinced me to start freelancing and has been extrememly supportive.

6. Why did you start your blog?

I was distraught over my marriage ending and needed a distraction.  I didn’t intend to do much with other than share things that I learned about WordPress and social media.  Initially I was very interested in lifestreaming and thought that would be the focus of the blog but I got distracted by my interest in WordPress.

7. What would be your advice(s) to new bloggers and freelancers?

I’m not much for giving advice.  I would say be kind and be helpful.

8. How do you see your self in a year? Still blogging?

I will probably still be blogging.  I’m hoping that my freelancing will have been a success, that I have paid off more of my debt and that my daughter is learning to play the piano.

I definitely had fun reading through and i learned a couple of things about her too. So, how do you like the idea? Would you like to be interviewed?



19 Responses to “ “Interview with Kim Woodbridge”

  1. elijah says:

    this is an awesome idea dude! ur friendly attitude has always been a reason for something good actually))

  2. Tracv says:

    I’m so excited for you Kim as you start this freelance journey!

    Morpheus, I like your idea of an interview series! Can’t wait to read the next one.

  3. stratosg says:

    @Elijah: Thanks man i think i will get to know people better this way…

    @Tracy: Thanks for dropping by. I was really excited to hear about Kim’s news and this one was one more reason i wanted to start this series… Don’t be surprised if i contact you some time ;)

  4. Thanks Stratos! :-)

    We also need to mention that we have the same birthday except I am *way* older ;-)

  5. stratosg says:

    @Kim: Yah i forgot about that… July 20 is the day! And hey… You’re not way older, you’re just older ;)

  6. Jim says:

    Thanks, Stratos.

    That was an great interview with Kim. It really helped show how smart and cool and funny she is. I’m still laughing that she’s a designer/consultant/muddler.

    Kim’s going to do awesome as a full time freelancer.

  7. stratosg says:

    @Jim: I strongly believe she will be an excellent full time freelancer. Thanks for dropping by!

  8. PC says:

    Cool idea. This way I can meet and know about new friends, just like the way you did.

    I like the interview. You should have asked more questions.

  9. stratosg says:

    @PC: I wanted to keep it easy for her, and for any interviewee to answer the questions. I don’t want to be a burden. I just want to know them a bit better…

  10. This a good idea Stratos. Good to know more about Kim.

  11. stratosg says:

    @Madhur: You are on top of my list buddy if you are up to it. Thanks for dropping by…

  12. Mike Nichols says:

    Kim is a delight to know and a real resource for everything WordPress. Thank you, Stratos, for helping us know her better.

    If you want to follow Kim on Twitter, her address is @kwbridge.

    Stratos, you should do an interview with yourself, so all your online friends can get to know you better, too!

    • stratosg says:

      @Mike: Thanks for adding her twitter i should have done that… As for my interview… Well i thought about having a post like “Shoot your questions” like many blogs had but you know me… I hate mainstream :P

  13. @Mike – An interview with Stratos would be awesome!!!

  14. Raju says:

    Great start Stratos. If possible revisit the interview after 6 odd months with a follow-up interview of Kim. She is making rapid strides and all of us would love to know more and learn as well.
    Darren Rowse had suggested this in his 31DBBB course and its a great idea. Keep them coming.

  15. Sweet interview indeed..though I think I spend to much time on her site because I knew all the answers before she said them!

    also yes Stratosg get your own interview out there!

  16. stratosg says:

    @Raju: I probably will. Till then we shall see.

    @Donace: I will probably do it but in a couple of months after i have interviewed a few more people ;)

  17. Nihar says:

    Stratos, It is good. I visited your blog for the first time today and came to know personally about two of them who are in touch with me through my blog…

    I know Kim from last 6 months i guess. She visited my blog when i posted some wordpress How-To…

    Great to know about you Kim!

    • stratosg says:

      @Nihar: Indeed she is a great person. And this series is all about meeting and getting to know better such people ;) Thanks for visiting!

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