Hi! My name is Marcel Bootsman. This is my personal site on which I share some of my thoughts and experiences about my work, private life and everything in between. Also you might find some technical content here about Open Source, Web development, WordPress and Hugo (powering this website since October, 2022).
My current role, since April 2019, is Marketing Manager Dutch Market for Kinsta.
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 nostromo.nl. 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 nostromo.nl, and work for Kinsta.
What do I do now?
- Owner nostromo.nl (WordPress support, maintenance, consultancy)
- Marketing Manager Dutch Market at Kinsta – Managed Application, Database and WordPress Hosting
Contributions to WordPress
- GTE for nl_NL
- WordPress NL Slack co-administrator
- WordPress forum administrator for The Netherlands
- WordCamp The Netherlands 2016
- WordCamp The Netherlands 2020
- WordCamp Rotterdam 2018
- WordCamp Rotterdam 2019
- WordCamp Europe 2013
- WordCamp Europe 2015
- WordCamp The Netherlands 2014
- WordCamp The Netherlands 2015
- WPNL Live!
- WordCamp The Netherlands 2022
- WordCamp Utrecht 2018
Raising funds for the community while walking to Berlin (short talk)
- WordCamp Antwerp 2018
Meet Gutenberg, the future of WordPress publishing.
- WordCamp Osnabrück 2019
Walk to WCEU
- WordCamp Europe 2019
Why I walked more than 700km to Berlin, and survived