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Heather is a freelance developer and entrepreneur. Based in New York City and a regular attendee of Codegarden. 

Find out more about her here in today's blog post.

Heather Floyd

Heather Floyd

Heather Floyd

Job Title: Freelancer / Entrepreneur
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How did you first hear about Umbraco CMS?

So, I feel like I've answered a bunch of your questions via an article on my blog already :-) (see:

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

I've been involved since 2006. I dislike how few Umbracians there are in NYC :-(

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

Yes, I have been several times - as both a speaker and a regular attendee. Once you go once - then you always want to come back. It's just lovely to hug all the people you chat with on Twitter and the Umbraco Cloud Support folks (who are my best friends!) and soak up all that jazzy Umbraco energy

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

When I read the email from Niels I was so surprised. I had no idea I was under consideration. I'm just over here doing my Umbraco thing. It's really validating to receive the award.

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?

Not really... I always do what I can to further the cause of Umbraco in the world.

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

Don't be afraid to reach out. People here are not like other tech "communities". If you go to a Meetup or to a Festival or to Codegarden, you WILL be welcomed (and hugged, if you're ok with that sort of thing ;-))

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 enjoy many things... to be practical, I'd say my favorite software applications, which I use every single day I'm coding... ManicTime and SmartGit.

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

I am a freelance custom developer, as well as (as Marcin would say) a devpreneur, so I don't have typical days... except I always use the first part of Monday to think deeply about my business/projects, and plan my week. Then I send out invoices, 'cause a girl's gotta get paid!

What do you do in your spare time? Hobbies?

My other job is as Household COO, primarily in charge of food procurement and preparation (aka meal planning and cooking). I love to read. My favorites are popular sociology-related non-fiction (extra points for useful self-help info!), business/marketing non-fiction, and historical romance fiction (preferably Regency/Victorian).

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

Just gratitude. For all of you.

About the author



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! 

He is also a GitKraken ambassador and helps look after the website.

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