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About Marcel Bootsman

Hi! 👋

This is my personal site on which I share some of my thoughts and experiences about my work, private life and everything in between. You might find some technical content here about Open Source, Web development, WordPress and Static Site Generators (Statamic is powering this website since August 22nd, 2023).

Professional biography

The journey of my professional life started in 2000, when I worked for IBM and was involved in developing a web version of a legacy terminal-based equipment ordering system. After about 9 years, and a diverse number of roles within IBM, the challenge of running my own company became so strong that I could not ignore it anymore.

In 2009 I started I started building websites with WordPress and became familiar with developing themes and custom plugins. Within a year of running my own company, I joined the WordPress community by volunteering. Organizing WordCamps (WordPress centric events) and helping out with translations in Dutch were, and are still, some tasks I really like to do.

Again after about 10 years (do you see the trend here?) I got to think about the status of my company during a walk from my hometown to Berlin for WordCamp Europe 2019. Soon after that event, I made the decision to stop my work at, and work for Kinsta since April 2019. Currently I am Business Development Manager Dutch and DACH Markets. 🚀

Latest blogs

Embracing freedom, privacy and security: Firefox is the essential independent browser December 30th, 2023 Read why embracing an independent browser like Firefox isn't just a choice, but a necessity in safeguarding our online freedom and security.
A personal 2023 recap December 22nd, 2023 Some things I'd like to share with the world about what I did in 2023.
How to use the Elgato Stream Deck with Ubuntu November 27th, 2023 Learn how to install and use Stream Deck UI for Ubuntu in this detailed guide.
How to install and use Espanso, a text expander, on Ubuntu November 6th, 2023 Learn how to install and use Espanso to streamline your workflow and save time on Ubuntu. No more repetitive typing with this open-source text expansion tool.
Why I use FreshRSS to stay informed October 30th, 2023 RSS is not dead. It's a great way to consume news without having to visit all kinds of websites and click though cookie warnings. Here's why I picked FreshRSS.
Stepping down as organizer for WordCamp The Netherlands October 13th, 2023 Read about my decision to step down as organizer for WordCamp The Netherlands and my motivations to do so.

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Latest notes

How to undelete a user on a Mastodon instance: A small guide for admins May 30th, 2024 This small note will guide you through the process of undeleting a user on a Mastodon instance and explore some common use cases for this action.
Enable fingerprint authentication for sudo on Ubuntu May 14th, 2024 Follow this short step-by-step guide to enable fingerprint authentication for using it on the command line in Ubuntu
My short bio April 23rd, 2024 Just a short bio for re-use and personal convenience.
WordCamps I have attended - A complete timeline April 8th, 2024 A list of WordCamps I attended.
Add srt subtitles to mp4 files with ffmpeg January 30th, 2024 This note tells you how to create a script that adds subtitles to MP4 files.
Open letter to DonateWC January 16th, 2024 An open letter to DonateWC.

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My professional path

Contributions to WordPress

  • GTE for nl_NL

  • WordPress NL Slack co-administrator

  • WordPress forum administrator for The Netherlands

Lead organizer