Owain is an Umbraco MVP, an Umbraco certified master and works on Umbraco projects on a daily basis. When not coding, he enjoys running, spending time with his wife and building lego!
Another week and another new member to the Community Corner.
Thanks to everyone who has joined the Community Corner so far, it's great seeing the Umbraco Community continue to grow with new members.
Name: Laura Vogt
Occupation: Content editor and event organiser
Twitter handle: @LauroraBorea
How long have you been using Umbraco?
I’ve been working with Umbraco since July 2017.
Short introduction about you.
I’m Laura, a 29-year-old German with a passion for baking and writing postcards. I’m also a lover of tea and music. I have a degree in Scandinavian studies, English studies and History. After I graduated from uni, I was looking for a writing job but at the same time I wanted more variety in my job than just writing pieces. So, I got interested in writing for digital media. One day I stumbled upon byte5 – a tech company, which mainly builds web solutions based on Umbraco, – and that’s where I am today.
My job is great: I do write a lot, but I get to do so much more than that! I’ve shot a video with one of our interns which was super fun, I attend different kinds of tech events and my favourite part – I organise the German Umbraco festival. It’s been a fantastic year and Umbraco has been a big part of it.
What are you currently doing with Umbraco?
I mostly use it to publish pieces that I wrote on our company blog. I also take care of the entire content of our festival website. Currently, I am supporting the team with the building of our new corporate website, which is a very interesting process for me as a non-techie.
Why are you using Umbraco?
Prior to working with Umbraco, I didn’t have any experience working with a CMS. As a Gold Partner, byte5 has lots of Umbraco projects and obviously our company website runs on Umbraco, so that’s how I got introduced to it. I might not have anything to compare it to, but as a content editor, I find Umbraco extremely easy to use!
When I say 'Umbraco Community' what first comes to mind?
Festivals! The first time I met the Umbraco Community was at our own festival, Umbraco Festival Deutschland (UFD), back in April. It was amazing getting to know all those people I had only met online before! One month later, I attended Codegarden for the first time and it was such a unique experience. The Community is an integral part of the Umbracoverse and as this is something I write a lot about, it was really helpful for my work to see it all for myself at CG18.
What would you like to see more of in the Umbraco Community?
Women. I feel like, for a tech community, there is a decent number of women in the Umbraco Community. But it could be many more! I’d like to see the Community grow and especially young women to start a STEM career or be one of the many non-techies in the Umbraco Community.
Is there anything you found difficult when you first started using Umbraco?
Actually, when I first started working with Umbraco, I was surprised how intuitive it was to use. As I mentioned above, I had never worked with a CMS before. So, I expected to need a lot of time to get the hang of it. The contrary was the case: I had a very smooth start with Umbraco and I always had great people around me when I did get stuck.
What is your favourite album to listen to while working on an Umbraco project?
When I’m in a louder mood: my Johnossi playlist.
When I’m in a quieter mood: Hudson Taylor – “Singing for Strangers”.
When I’m in a Scottish mood: my Frightened Rabbit playlist. 😉
Love them all.
Anything else you'd like to say?
Thanks to Owain for coming up with the Community Corner! What a lovely idea to meet new members of the Community. 😊