You can find Mike on LinkedIn or Twitter. This is our recent interview with him, as part of our Kinsta Kingpin series. Q1: What is your background, & how did you first get involved with WordPress?
This probably won’t be what you expect. I started out making a website as a side project and writing static HTML files. This was back in 2011. It got tedious adding new HTML to the top of each file when I wanted to change the menu, so I looked into content management systems. WordPress was the obvious choice. So I migrated the site to WordPress.
It was a side project that I did in my spare time because I was really really good with excel in my day job and I wanted to offer Excel consultancy services. It made no money. I got no clients. But it got me into using WordPress.
My day job at the time was a Pension Scheme Consultant, advising companies on how to reduce their balance sheet liabilities by offering their Pensioners a different type of pension. I was an Actuary. It’s not your usual route into the world of WordPress. So my background has been heavily rooted in maths and statistics, with some consulting thrown into the mix.
While doing this, I also wrote an eBook called