Volunteer Spotlight: Amanda Devine

Tell us a bit about yourself.

Volunteer-Amanda-DevineI am a marketing and social media consultant for a diverse range of clients. This means that no two days are ever the same, I could be writing about wine one day and photographing sharks the next. I have a particular interest in small business development and am always looking for ways to help make starting and sustaining a business a little bit easier, which I share through my website and with my clients.

Not many people know this but I used to be a florist, for almost 15 years in fact. I sold my business and changed career when I moved back to Cape Town from London. These days I satisfy my creativity with other artistic endeavours and although it is not the same, web design certainly appeals to my creative side.

In addition to my qualifications in advanced floral design, I also have a diploma in Shopping Centre Management and I am currently studying ‘Foundations of Business’ with the Louis Group Business Academy.

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Why did you volunteer for WordCamp?

Having started to explore WordPress as an alternative website platform, I attended WordCamp 2011 and I really learned a lot, but the atmosphere and community support was what really impressed me. I was grateful for the contribution of time and expertise that others had made and decided then and there that I would also like to contribute in any way I could.

Tell us more about how you became interested in WordPress, what about it drives your continued interest?

Until WordCamp 2011 I was a bit of a Joomla! junkie but I had begun to explore WordPress as a more accessible and user friendly solution for my small business clients. WordCamp made me realise how much more was possible with this platform and it also introduced me to people who could help me if I needed it. I have been using WordPress for my personal website for the past year and I love the simplicity of it, but I also love the potential it has to build amazing sites.

Do you make money from wordpress?

No, not yet. I refer my clients to a professional at this stage. I have plans to move my main site to WordPress later this year, so maybe this time next year…..

Is WordPress an effective platform for getting your message across?

Absolutely, visually and functionally.

Where do you feel you can make a difference at WordCamp and why?

I am loving WordPress but I am still a newbie, my experience is with event management and administration, if I can support the event in this way, then perhaps the real experts can get out there and do what they are best at?

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