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Hey everyone! This is a very overdue blog post. I hadn't realised that I haven't published anything in quite some time. I do feel bad about that as I have been learning loads and I really would love to share it via this blog. I will hopefully fix that in the coming weeks but until then, I will be launching a new blog series. 

Over the coming weeks I will introduce you to some of the 2019 Umbraco MVPs. This will include new MVPs and those who had their status renewed. 

For the full list of who is an Umbraco MVP, you can check out the blog post on Umbraco.com.

All MVPs have been asked the same questions but their answers vary massively for each person. I hope you enjoy this series as much as I've enjoyed getting all the answers. I will be publishing the blogs in no specific order but I hope to publish one or two a week. 

A massive H5YR to everyone who has taken part in this. Thank you! 

 

Søren Kottal

Job Title: Tech Lead at Ecreo
MVP Status: New MVP for 2019
Twitter account: @skttl

How did you first hear about Umbraco CMS?

Back in 2010 I was working at an agency using an "enterprise" (at least compared by price) CMS, and we where discussing using Umbraco. But it was when I was hired at Ecreo in 2013, that I started using Umbraco.

How long have you been part of the Umbraco community and what do you like / dislike about it?

Since 2013. I love the friendly vibe and helpfulness, especially from attending Codegarden. I remember my first Codegarden in 2014, which really sold me on the community.

Have you been to CodeGarden? If yes, what did you think about it, if no, is there any reason why?

Yes, it's a "must-go" for me, but also pretty easy as it is now located in my hometown :)

How did it feel when you receive the notification that you were being awarded an MVP award?

Extremely honoured and happy. The day I got the message, I couldn't lower my arms again. Everyone was so happy for me, it really was the highlight of my career so far.

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 have always been some kind of Umbraco guru at my work, so it was more just an enforcement of that. In the community I immediately got a lot more recognition, and it was fun having so many familiar faces (from twitter/our/etc.) stopping by and congratulating.

If you could offer a new member of the community one bit of advice, what would it be?

Participate, go to meetups, festivals, codegarden. Try to do some PRs, or be active in the forums, slack or twitter.

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.

I am a bit of an icehockey fanatic. Previously I was president of the local teams fanclub, but the last couple of years I have been coaching my sons under-7/9 team. I like making the difference for the kids, and it is also great for keeping other things on your mind.

What does a typical day look like for you during the working week?

A typical day for me involves mostly fixing bugs, adding new features to our clients sites. A part of my work time also includes building internal tools and baselines for our projects, and most of that I try to bring back to the community.

What do you do in your spare time? Hobbies?

As written before, I spend quite a lot of time in the local icehockey rink, but besides that I like to fix stuff around my house, garden etc.

Anything else you'd like to share with the Umbraco Community?

Check out tailwindcss and svelte.dev. We recently started using tailwindcss for our frontends, and it makes a big difference in our efficiency. I haven't tried Svelte that much yet, but it really looks promising.

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