Andy McIlwain, who works in community at GoDaddy, will tell you that he has only been doing this “professionally” for one year. But his experience in community dates back to the late ’90s, when he began to moderate and manage gaming communities on a volunteer basis and as something he did on the side. But when a perfect job opened up at GoDaddy, he found that the skills he had been building for the last 15+ years translated pretty easily to the corporate world.
I had the pleasure of speaking with Patrick O’Keefe on the Community Signal podcast a couple of weeks ago. We talked about making the jump from working on communities as a hobby to working on them as a profession; how joining GoDaddy a year ago was a perfect opportunity; we take a trip down memory lane talking about ezBoard; and a bunch of other good stuff.
Aside: I also recently had a chat with Adam Warner on his podcast. We talked more about the WordPress side of things over there. 🙂