BIO of John Chapman

If we are going to work together, or you are going to read my tutorials – it would be good to know who exactly I am, what I stand for, the skills I possess, my outlook on life and why exactly, I do what I do.

Initially, I was born at a very young age. Hmm, too far back? Ok, let’s move forward on the timeline a bit.

Back about two decades ago, when things were not as awesome as they are now, I built my first website. Believe it or not, the very first websites did NOT EVEN HAVE PICTURES! But I was just a little later than that, as when I started, you could (barely) put images on a webpage. Most websites didn’t have many. Those were the days of Dial-up Internet, where having a couple of extra images would add minutes to the time it took for your webpage to finally load. And, each webpage back then was built by HAND. Using Notepad. Later, more sophisticated (but still very rudimentary) tools were developed.

THIS time is when I first started building websites.  And also, digging into a bit of PHP (programming).

All of this was before what we know as Social Media. Initially, there was email, and a few chat apps (ICQ, anyone?). I thought I was social back then, but as it turns out, not a damn bit.

Time passed, and I discovered something called Drupal. This was one of the early CMS’s (Content Management Systems), with a painful learning curve. I had this elaborate plan of sites I was going to build, and I dug into Drupal heavy. I still have a profile on drupal.org. To be honest, I made little headway and experienced much frustration. I built a few sites using Drupal, and it was a constant PITA (Pain In The Ass).

For a few years, I just kinda tinkered, not doing too much. Then, the interest resurged, and I started digging into a bit more of the whole stack. I debated taking programming courses, but I knew that wasn’t really what I wanted to do. I LIKED building websites.

About five years ago, I found this guy named Seth Godin. Let’s be honest, he was astounding. His ideas were amazing and very thought-provoking. I then started digging around and finding other authors with similar(ish) ideas, in the same playing field.

Then, I started finding and listening to podcasts (Tim Ferriss, for example) and was finding this whole world of marketing and social media.

In the interim, about two years ago I was helping someone, so I downloaded and installed WordPress. I was kinda stunned. Over the years, the phenomenal progress WordPress had made since my last test was lightyears of improvement.

I dug in, and every single time I was impressed. Ease of use. Features. Plugability of new features. Design that just works. Amazing editor. Site performance that is fantastic.

I’ve dug hard into WordPress, and not looked back. I combine my WordPress expertise with my knowledge and skill in Linux server administration, basic CSS, googling, along with many, many years as working as an “IT Guy”. And of course, I’m a pretty damn good troubleshooter and able to think outside the box.

There is another component, though. Content Marketing and Social Media.

I found Content, Inc, which specifically addressed the Content Marketing concept. Basically, Joe Pulizzi coined the phrase. But what I found was the podcast (This Old Marketing), and every episode was reprogramming my brain. Not only Content Inc, but then Gary Vaynerchuk.

I became a junkie.

I read almost every Seth Godin book. Every single book by Gary Vaynerchuk.

And more. The list of books got longer. The hours of podcasts, and the number of podcasts got crazy.

I was enthralled, and I am still enthralled.

I’m excited to shift DR7Media from just a website building company to being a website company embracing Content Marketing, embracing the fact that we are all now Media Companies FIRST, AND teaching you how and why to build your own website using the same principles. Turns out, I really like the teaching. I’ve had a few moments over the years where I was able to teach a few people here and there various things, and I’ve enjoyed it more every time.

Of course, DR7Media is absolutely delighted to build your site for you. But you will know why we do what we do.

Going forward, I am doing my best to be a teacher, a student (always), a consultant, a problem solver, a motivator, a shoulder to lean on (when I think of more I’ll add them here).

I love technology. I love the Internet. When it becomes possible to hardwire our brains to the Internet, I’ll be right there, plugging in. And amazingly, I love connecting with people.

I’d sure love to connect with you – and the best place for that is on LinkedIn. You can find me at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/followjohnc/. Send me a connection request (If you personalize it, that would be awesome!)

I’m delighted to be able to help and serve you.

John Chapman