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!
If you have ever searched the internet for Umbraco tutorials, the chances are you will have come across this MVP's videos. He's made tutorials for many issues I have come across and his YouTube channel is well worth subscribing to. Whether you are looking for help on Umbraco 7 or Umbraco 8, he has you covered.
Today's interview is with Paul "Codeshare" Seal.
How did you first hear about Umbraco CMS?
I first heard about Umbraco when my previous employer was looking to change from using our in house CMS to using an open source one. They did their research and picked Umbraco because it was .NET and had a strong community supporting it.
How long have you been part of the Umbraco community and what do you like / dislike about it?
I've been a member of the Umbraco community since 2014. I love the culture of sharing knowledge to help each other. People want to see other people succeed, which is lovely to be a part of.
Have you been to Codegarden? If yes, what did you think about it, if no, is there any reason why?
I've been to CodeGarden for the last 2 years. It's so great to meet people in person who I've spoken to online. It is a great mixture of learning and socialising. Every time I go to an Umbraco conference I have my own personal objective, whether that is to speak to a particular person or find out how to do something. When I'm at CodeGarden I get inspired to write new packages or try new things.
How did it feel when you received the notification that you were being awarded an MVP award?
I felt like I had won the lottery or something. It was completely unexpected. I nearly didn't see the email as it went into my spam.
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?
Getting the Umbraco MVP helped me get my dream job. I now work from home for an Umbraco Gold Partner, Moriyama.
If you could offer a new member of the community one bit of advice, what would it be?
Don't be afraid to ask for help and share your experiences so other people can learn from them.
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.
My headphones. I love to listen to music whilst I work and I listen to podcasts when I'm on my evening walk. Without my headphones I would be lost.
What does a typical day look like for you during the working week?
I take my son to school in the morning, get back home, make a drink, start work. Have a daily morning call with the team to see what's going in with the projects and support. After the call I go off and do my work, sometimes asking my colleagues for help or helping them. I have lunch with my wife, or I record a YouTube video if she is out. Then I carry on working in the afternoon, and if I'm working on a project sprint I will usually have a client call at the end of the day. When I finish work I bath my son, have some dinner, play Lego or trains with him, then put him to bed and go for a 2 mile walk get some exercise and to clear my head. After that I watch TV with my wife, then go to bed. Sometimes if I'm not tired I'll stay up and write some code.
What do you do in your spare time? Hobbies?
I like to play pool, play Lego with my son and work on open source software.
Anything else you'd like to share with the Umbraco Community?