Last night, I had dinner with Matt. Matt Mullenweg. For those who don’t know who Matt is, he is the founding developer of WordPress, the software that this site runs on, and that powers millions of blogs on the Internet. Matt is also the founder of Automattic, the company that runs his online ventures. It happens that Matt is in Davao for WordCamp Philippines, a gathering of people who use WordPress software. There will be a mini-WordCamp in Davao tomorrow night, and a full blown WordCamp in Manila on Saturday. Matt is here to address the conference, which will be the first WordCamp in SE Asia.
The dinner was a small, rather intimate affair, attended by Feyma and I, Matt, Blogie, Ted Padova, Rodney and Chattee. Blogie is a well known blogger in Davao, Ted is one of the world’s leading authors on Adobe PDF and other Adobe Creative Suite Products, Rodney owns a local software outsourcing company, and Chattee is also a local blogger, and a photographer too. So, it was a small number of people, and it gave me an opportunity to talk with Matt about various WordPress issues, software problems, and just generally learn more about blogging, and share my experiences too.
With Matt being such a well known person on the Internet, I was not quite sure what to expect. Maybe he would be a little big-headed, having captured such a huge following at the young age of 24. I was pleasantly surprised, though, when I met Matt. He is very down to earth, just a “regular guy” if you know what I mean.
Of course, having Ted Padova at the dinner was nice also. Ted has written dozens of books about Adobe software, and is quite well known in his circle. If you search for him on Amazon you will find that they are carrying dozens of Ted’s books. Ted has been a good friend for more than a year now, and I always enjoy spending time with him.
I was talking with Feyma tonight, and we were kind of joking, but almost amazed at how many well known people we have met since living in the Philippines. What is the chance of meeting somebody like Matt and having dinner with him if I were living in the States? It would be very remote, yet living here we have met many people like Matt. I guess it is one of the benefits of living as a “big fish in a small pond.”
Great to meet you, Matt, if you happen to read this. I enjoyed our time together.