Speaker Spotlight: Lynne Rutledge

As a part of gen X, Lynne has been in and out of careers and has more diplomas than she really need. Her education in library studies, and experience in records has made her something of an information junkie. She has great search skills, and loves helping people find what they need. She had a role helping transition to a large multi-site install. At the time her knowledge was very limited, so she found herself spending a lot of time looking for answers, and being a bit scared to commit to doing something. After realizing that mistakes were OK, and asking questions was a good thing she was excited to jump in with both feet.

Lynne will be giving a talk titled “How I Learned to Stop Overthinking and hit Publish“.


What is your favorite improvement to WordPress this past year?

Responsive previews. Love being able to easily preview changes across “devices”.

Why did you decide to speak at WordCamp Montreal?

I’ve been doing a lot of talking about changing my career. I think this gets me out there and makes me jump. (In a very exciting, albeit, public way!)

What is your talk going to be about?

Basically good thinking versus overthinking. Finding good sources for information can give us a confidence boost when we are creating. Info literacy can help you do that, it’s pretty much a super power. When you’ve finished your epic creation, where do you share it? Using our info super powers we can find good folks and places in the larger WordPress community to share.

What is the one thing you want people to walk away with from your talk?

I want folks to feel confident they can sort through search results to get at that good, good information.

Who in the WordPress community inspires you? Who do you follow?

Kathryn Presner’s Techie Continuum posts and talks have been very inspiring. (I am thrilled she’s talking about it here at WordCamp!)

What new feature would you like to see in the future?

Not really a feature, but I think the admin menus could be a bit more user-friendly. The settings menu, in particular, could use some info management love, a lot of things people want to do are buried in that menu.