Meet a Joomler: Jeroen Moolenschot
Some Joomlers might already know of Jeroen Moolenschot. He has been active for quite some years now as a volunteer in different roles. But you might also know him by using one of the extensions he builds. Let’s start and get to know Jeroen just a little bit better and read just exactly what Joomla means to Jeroen and a little bit more…
Thank you for giving us the opportunity to get to know you, Jeroen! Could you tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Jeroen Moolenschotand I am 39 years old. I live in Waalwijk (a small city in the south of the Netherlands) with my wife, 2 kids and 2 dalmatian dogs. I studied marketing & management and was an economics teacher until a few years ago.
How did you get involved with Joomla and the J! Community?
In 2006 my brother in law needed a website for his company. Since I repaired his PC a few times, he asked if I could develop his website too. I never worked with HTML, CSS, PHP, mysql, etc., but a friend of mine told me about something new, called Joomla. In the beginning it was very hard, but I loved the result. From that day I built various websites as a hobby and, in 2011, I registered my company Joomill.
Since 2015 I've been involved in various Joomla teams. At this moment I'm in the Joomla Certification Team and the Joomla Extensions Directory Team.
What do you do for a day job, and if this includes Joomla, how?
Besides my own company I work as a developer for a marketing and communication agency for a few days a week. I work with Joomla for 90% of the time now. I develop and maintain websites and (custom) extensions for our customers.
Do you use Joomla in other ways?
I am very interested in how Joomla works under the hood. That was for me the main reason to start with my extension development website. In the past years I have developed various simple modules, plugins, templates and components.
Also I work as a volunteer for The Dutch Dalmatian club as webmaster. Soon we will launch a new J4 website based on Joomla 4.
Are you involved in the Joomla community, apart from in your official position?
My first Joomla day (Joomladagen Nederland) was in 2012 and in 2016 I visited a local JUG (Breda) for the first time. Visiting JUGs and Joomla events is a great way to learn from others. Even when you think you know everything about a subject, you always get some new insights to improve your work.
I also like to give presentations for these JUGs on a regular basis. You have to dive a little deeper into a subject so that you gain more knowledge.
How did Joomla change your life?
Joomla definitely changed my life. It gives me satisfaction that I can mean something to others and help my customers to be successful on the internet. Joomla gives me the freedom to work where, when and how I want. And I can perfectly combine this with my family. And the Joomla Community has given me a lot of new friends also.
What did you learn and / or gain personally from being a J! Volunteer?
Being a J! Volunteer is not only an investment in Joomla, but also in yourself. Since doing this, I've learned so much more from everyone around me than I could ever achieve on my own.
Do you have a memorable Joomla-moment?
There is not one specific moment for me, but events like Joomladays, HikaShop Day in Breda, Regular Labs Day in Antwerpen, The Un-conferences (Joostock & JandBeyond), Pizza Bugs and Fun events and team sprints I have missed a lot in the last years. I hope we will be able to meet in person soon again.
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