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You should learn something new everyday and today I've already learnt what LARPing is!

Check out Janae's blog below to learn for yourself and also get a peek at some of the great artwork Janae has created. 

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Janae Cram

Janae Cram Janae Cram

Job Title: Developer

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How did you first hear about Umbraco CMS?

When I worked at Mindfly, Paul Sterling was working for a company that was a client of ours, developing an eCommerce Umbraco site for them. I did some design and front-end work for it (since I was more front-end than back-end at the time, unlike now), and that's how I got into Umbraco. I think this was version 2? It was around 10 years ago now.

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

I've been a part of the community actively for about the last 7 years. I like how everyone is always friendly and welcoming, but on the West Coast of the US I'm also kind of in a pocket of my own where people are often online before I wake up. I imagine Australia struggles with that even more!

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

I have, many times. I think it's fun and it always fires me up about the community :)

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

I was surprised and delighted the first time they notified me (and Kyle and Erica) that we were receiving an MVP for our work on Skrift. It's been renewed every year since then and it gives me a lot of satisfaction and delight to see the e-mails each year. It's rewarding to be recognized for all the hard work we put into the magazine :)

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 don't know that being an MVP has really changed my daily life much, except perhaps getting more recruiters contacting me, haha. I've always worked in Umbraco-heavy businesses, which puts me and my colleagues on equal footing in Umbraco, and that's the way I like it.

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

Be brave. Reach out. Make friends. You won't be disappointed by the people you meet; they're wonderful.

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.

Hm. I guess my favorite thing is probably LARP (Live Action Roleplay for those who don't know). I mention it down below in hobbies/spare time, but I love to LARP. I love costuming and improv and "becoming another person" for four hours a week. It's a bit of escape, and I really enjoy storytelling. It's so much fun!

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

I start work early because I work for a company on the other side of the world. That gives us 2-hours of sync time. So we have a daily standup about a half hour after I'm on, then I have some time to coordinate if I need to paired program with someone or resolve blocking issues. After everyone else logs off for the day, I get to quietly code - usually without client interactions because they're gone too! It's my favorite; the time I get to just put my head down and problem solve.

What do you do in your spare time? Hobbies?

I play a lot of games - I love them. Video games, tabletop games, and I LARP every Friday and have for the past 12 years! I also am an artist so I spend time doing art when I'm not enjoying myself with games ;)


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

For all of you who have supported Skrift, read our articles, and h5yr our authors - thank you! We love your engagement and appreciate all your affirmation for the work we and our authors do :)

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