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1975 Number of articles Lorelle publishes on average annually on WordPress, blogging, social media, and web publishing across multiple sites.

1993 The year Lorelle published one of the first websites in the world known then as homepages. continues to share stories about nature and travel photography, travel, and life on the road with Lorelle and Brent VanFossen.

2003 The year Lorelle first touched WordPress and fell in love totally and completely, though some days…

August 16, 2005 The date became blog ID number 72 on the brand new .

August 23, 2005 Hurricane Katrina smacked the Gulf Coast of the United States, and Lorelle, resulting in blogging from a disaster area for the next year, dealing with destruction, death, unreliable Internet and electricity, and more hurricanes upon hurricanes.

600+ The number of articles created or edited by Lorelle on the , the online manual for WordPress Users.

48 LOST COUNT Lorelle has presented or keynoted at more than 48 WordCamps around the world, as well as WordPress Meetup Groups and WordPress Events. Highlights included Israel, Netherlands, Hawaii, Toronto, San Francisco, Dallas, Seattle, and Portland.

256+ LOST COUNT The number of workshops, classes, and events Lorelle has hosted in Virtual Reality (just try that blindfolded and hands tied in front – on second thought, don’t.)

389+ LOST COUNT The number of personal and professional WordPress sites developed and created by Lorelle VanFossen for clients.

4500+ The average number of visitors daily to this site.

11 The number of books written, edited, and published by Lorelle VanFossen…so far.

262+ LOST COUNT The number of classes, workshops, and trainings Lorelle has produced, hosted, and taught in Virtual Reality.

6 The number of colleges and universities willing to trust Lorelle to train their students in WordPress, social media, and the future of the web…so far.


What they are saying about Lorelle on WordPress

Budi on WordPress says:
I’ve found this inspirational content from Lorelle on WordPress. She’s trying to share about blogging and how to blog…I began to like reading Lorelle’s because she naturally speaks from the heart in a simple words.

Changing Way says:
Then there’s a post from Lorelle at her blog. It’s wonderfully clear and informative, as many WordPressers have come to expect from Lorelle. She’s made many fine contributions to; it’s great to see her getting, and using, one of the first invites.

Laurali Star Diaries says:
Lorelle! I’m always excited when you stop by. Ever since you encouraged me to open up my comments, things have just blow up. In a good way. The response is overwhelming and everyone is so kind. I’ve connected with all kinds of people and I love reading their blogs just as much as they enjoy reading mine. Making connections like this is what life is all about. It’s tapped me into a side of myself that I didn’t even know existed. I truly believe in my heart that moving over to WordPress has been the best and boldest move for me. The sense of community here is like family. I honestly could go on and on but I know I’m gushing right now.

Charles McKeever – The Open Source Marketer says:
Lorelle is “The” WordPress evangelist. Her blog is a wealth of information and she continually works hard to make sure it offers real value all the time. She is fun and outgoing. She treats everyone she meets like they’ve been her best friend for years, and when you talk with Lorelle you feel like you’re the only person in the room. Lorelle is colorful without being crass, and engaging without being overbearing. She wears life like a favorite sweater with holes in the elbows and when she talks, you can hear all the places she’s been. She’s one of my favorite people.

Matt Craven of The Blog Herald says:
Lorelle on WordPress, one of the best blogs about WordPress and blogging, is celebrating their first anniversary today. Lorelle is consistently posting great tips and inside stories about WordPress, such as a look at her last year of writing, or how bloggers use websites as therapy. You won’t find a better source of information about WordPress out there. Head on over and wish her a happy anniversary!

The Remote Control CEO’s Greg Balanko-Dickson says:
Thanks to Lorelle for pointing it out. As usual she writes quality content about WordPress. A must visit if you are thinking about WordPress or have a WordPress Blog.

Bethany Frank – Voices of the Past says:
We worked on finding a focus and creating a goal. Lorelle challenged us all to think about whom we were talking to. Who did we want to read our blog? And why were we writing? That was my favorite part. I enjoyed looking around the room and seeing the participants’ eyes twinkle with passion as they created their lists of tags and categories as they rediscovered their passions…Lorelle reminded us that there are a hundred and ten different ways to show our passions. Some might be pioneering new land with an innovative idea. But most will broach subjects that have been discussed before, and it is our job to ensure that we cover them in a new way. Lorelle’s lessons lingered on throughout the workshop…She left mark on everyone by the time the workshop had concluded.

Aaron Hockley, Organizer of WordCamp Portland
Lorelle – (she gets her own bullet point) She’ll probably give you advice on how to do things or offer suggestions on parts of the event. Listen to her. She probably has her finger closest to the pulse of the WordCamp community.

Mark Ghosh of Weblog Tools Collection says:
Be kind, educate.

I adore Lorelle. To me, she is the embodiment of our community in everything she does and in every action she performs. She is supportive and critical at the same time. She embraces and challenges in the same breath. She sticks her tongue out and throws her arms wide open all in one swoop. I believe what makes her approach so nice is that she is kind to the people that can enact change and she loves to teach other people to do the things she does so well. She is a WordPress enabler.

I wanna be like her. So I pledge to be as kind as I can be and I promise to educate everyone that cares to listen. While I am at it, I hope to learn a thing or two along the way. Will you help me do that?

Matt’s Cuppa says
On defining your business. Lorelle surprised me by throwing a mic in my face and asking me to introduce my blog. Which was good because it forced me come up with a 10 word explanation of Matt’s Cuppa on the fly. Not that it was all that good. Which is why Lorelle owns the mic. Lorelle’s is a great exercise. One that I really need right now and one that will make a difference in how I regain my focus on Matt’s Cuppa.

Ben Yoskovitz of Instigator Blog says:
And for the ultimate resource on WordPress, tips, tricks, themes, etc. check out Lorelle on WordPress. That’s expertise.

Tyme White of 9Rules Network
If you have a WordPress powered site, subscribe to Lorelle’s blog. Actually, if you don’t have a WordPress powered site, still subscribe. She writes tips and tricks for WordPress but she also covers general blogging tips. Everyone can benefit reading Lorelle on WordPress.

Szilárd Szakács from Cabbagejr on says:
Hell, this blog thing is addictive! I just started today and I can hardly stop. I have an English worse than the Manolo, an exam in days but I wrote all day… Thanks for all your help! It’s always amazing to meet so kind and supportive person like you.

Tim Warner of Mother Tongue Annoyances says:
Lorelle VanFossen, who writes the Lorelle on WordPress blog (required reading for anyone who operates a WordPress-based weblog), turned me on in one of her recent posts to a much-needed Firefox browser plug-in for anyone who does any appreciable amount of online composition: a spell-checker!

Military Grrrl says:
Great WordPress Resource – Lorelle on WordPress
I found this blog over at Lorelle on WordPress. It’s a great resource for all things WordPress, written in easy to understand language. It’s a must-bookmark blog for anyone interested in WordPress.

Charles McKeever – Open Source Marketer – on Lorelle VanFossen at WordCamp Dallas 2009:
“Damn it Jim. I’m a blogger not a star ship captain!” That should have been the tagline for the talk that Lorelle VanFossen gave at WordCamp Dallas 2009. Lorelle gave another information packed, personality driven, WordPress ninja performance when she took the stage and played a Star Trek laden video intro for her USS WordPress Tags and Tribbulations talk.

If you don’t know, Lorelle is the resident WordPress mascot blogger. Last year she gave a fantastic talk on power blogging. This year she showed us how important it is to categorize the posts in your blog.

Jakes Life 2007 Blogroll Award - WordPress Jedi Knight2007 Blogroll Awards by Jake’s Life
If you are just starting with WordPress, or you’ve been using it since the beginning, you can learn from Master Lorelle. This blog provides so much information on the WordPress blogging platform it’s sickening. From the small tweaks to fix something only you are bothered by to the good ol’ overhaul you’ve been planning, and everything in between. Bookmark, subscribe, however you do it, but read it. Cheesy as it may sound, the Force is strong in this one, hrmm, yes.

Sandy Shelton, Author, says:
I would not have had the courage to write and self-publish my book and start a blog and social media channels to promote it. She held my hand and walked me through every step of the process, including advising me to enter NaNoWriMo’s 50,000 word month challenge to kick my ass to get my book out of my head and onto paper. Her advice is golden. I couldn’t have done it without her.

Flood of Flood Flashes says:
Lorelle on WordPress is my resource for all things blogging. She puts an amazing amount of work into compiling information for users, not only for WordPress, but other blogging sites. I cannot plug her enough. She recently discussed what it takes to blog, but closer to my heart, some reasons why all of you should have Firefox. If this blog is not uniform in font, it’s because you do not use Firefox. Why do you hate me?

Thinking Blogger Award - GoldThinking Blogger Award - PlatinumGold and Platinum Thinking Blogger Award:
Winner of the Thinking Blogger Awards and first honorary recipient of the Platinum Thinking Blogger Award, in response to the commentary on receiving the Thinking Blogger Award published on the Blog Herald in Are You a Thinking Blogger?.


Who is Lorelle?

Lorelle VanFossen during keynoteLorelle VanFossen is a keynote, trainer, writer, and consultant on web writing, digital storytelling, content curation, social media, and blogging, especially working with WordPress and virtual reality. Called a digital evangelist, on she writes and teaches more than you may want to know about how all this social publishing business stuff works.

Lorelle offers training programs on digital storytelling and web publishing for a variety of businesses, schools, universities, associations, non-profits, and government agencies globally, in person and virtually.

Lorelle doesn’t stop at in-person or even online workshops and webinars. She has conquered virtual reality, teaching over 250 classes, workshops, and events in AltspaceVR, the popular virtual reality social platform, presenting programs on creative writing, VR training, and family history. She is a founding member of the Educators in VR meetup in AltspaceVR. She built the first museum in Altspace, the Family History Museum, and has built worlds and hosted events that attract hundreds of visitors and participants.

Lorelle co-founded Educators in VR with Daniel Dyboski-Bryant, an open global, cross-platform network of learners, teachers, trainers, and researchers meeting, learning and collaborating in and with VR. They are developing programs and projects to democratize education using virtual reality through partnership, sponsorships, and grant programs world-wide.

Her passion for helping people “have their say” on the web is contagious, presenting inspiring and motivation presentations at events around the world including Blog World Expo, WordCamps from Israel to Holland to Texas to Canada, WebVisions, SOBCon, and more.

Blogging Tips - book cover, copyright Lorelle VanFossenLorelle is also the author of the popular Blogging Tips: What Bloggers Won’t Tell You About Blogging, a book covering the basic to intermediate tips you need to know before and during your blogging experience, the first book of its kind. She also recently published the ebook, Social Media for Crafters: Covering the Basics of the Social Web, bringing together her love of crafting and blogging and social media expertise. On , she shares her many years of online journaling, web writing and publishing, and blogging experiences as one of the first website owners and publishers on the web.

Lorelle is also editor, producer, contributor, and official disruptive thinker for which includes , , , Life on the Road, WordCast Conversations, and the very popular .

Blogger and Podcaster MagazineLorelle is also a regular columnist for the , Blogger and Podcaster Magazine, Darren Rowse’s Problogger, featured for writing and photography in many national and international magazines, newspapers, ezines, and blogs such as Outdoor and Nature Photography, Shutterbug, Photo Techniques, The Mountaineer, Trailer Life, Jerusalem Post, Phenomenal Women of the Web, and . She is also one of the founding members of Successful Online Business Conference (SOBCon) with , celebrating five years of changing people’s business life online in 2011. She is also a long time member of the 9Rules Network.

Blogging since 1994, before the term “blog” was developed, Lorelle is also involved with WordPress as a volunteer helping to write and develop the and assisting others on the .

WordPress logoLorelle has written over two thousand thousands of articles on WordPress, blogging, and web design and development, receiving special recognition for her early innovative explorations into the possible in web design elements with her series on CSS Unleashed – Experiments with CSS Designs and other web designs, development, and standards. She works with many individual businesses, schools, non-profits, and other agencies as a consultant and educator to improve their web standards, policies, and practices.

Lorelle VanFossen at WordCamp Dallas - showing off her singingShe is an outspoken leader of web standards, accessibility standards and usability, and travels extensively to consult and present programs and workshops as a program leader, teacher and public speaker on web design, standards, blogging, and writing. Lorelle presented keynotes and programs at , WordCamp 2008 in San Francisco, WordCamp Portland in Oregon, Podcamp and WordCamp Hawaii, WordCamp Dallas, WordCamp Israel, WordCamp Toronto, WordCamp Netherlands, WordCamp Phoenix, the first WordCamp Developers, PodCamp Arizona, Blog World Expo, SOBCon – the Successful and Outstanding Blogger Conference in Chicago), and many other blogging conferences.

Moving forward with emerging technologies, Lorelle hosts several events in Altspace, one of the most popular Virtual Reality (VR) social platforms, pushing the limits of interactive and immersive social and academic technology.

If your company, association, or group would be interested in a training program or presentation, please ask.

Taking Your Camera On the RoadHer first site, , is dedicated to providing educational and experiential information on travel, nature photography, travel photography, and life on the road, another side of Lorelle. Lorelle also covers genealogy on Lorelle in the Past Lane and , which presents some interesting web development and blogging challenges as she has deceased relatives blogging for her on that site.

Lorelle is currently back in the United States after five years spent living overseas avoiding terrorists and political leaders in the Middle East, and has been found in Hurricane Alley swinging a chainsaw and shovel helping the recovery from Hurricane Ivan and Hurricane Katrina, and whatever hurricanes kept coming. She recently moved closer (Oregon) to her native Seattle, where only earthquakes and traffic jams can terrorize her.


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