Meet the Moderators: Chandra Maharzan

In last week’s post, we talked to Jerry Bates, one of the moderators at WordPress.tv. Let’s continue our “Meet the Moderators” Q&A series with another member of this team, hailing all the way from Nepal: Chandra Maharzan.

Chandra Maharzan
Kathmandu, Nepal

Chandra MaharzanTell us about yourself and your work.

I’m a theme designer, and since 2008 I’ve worked at Graph Paper Press to produce photography themes. Some of my themes have been on “top 100 free WP themes” lists on sites like Smashing Magazineand Gridspace — one of the themes I crafted — is the 10th most popular theme in WordPress.com’s Theme Showcase. I currently have three free themes at WordPress.org, and one of them, Book Lite, is now available on WordPress.com, too. I also create minimal themes at WPshoppe and review themes at WordPress.org.

In 2011, I set up a WordPress group in Kathmandu, and we meet monthly. We organized our first WordCamp Nepal in November, which was pretty awesome!

Pictured at right: Chandra (right) with Philip Arthur Moore, theme wrangler at Automattic, in WordCamp Nepal.

How did you get involved with WordPress?

I began using WordPress extensively for client projects. I, along with others, thought that if WordPress was so efficient, time-saving, and cost-effective, we should share our experience with others. In April 2011, we had our first WordPress meetup with just four people. We created a Facebook group and soon after found people who were really into WordPress. While the group didn’t expand that much, we continued our monthly meetups. In August 2011, I was able to go to WordCamp San Francisco — an eye opener! I was determined to do a WordCamp in Kathmandu, so that’s how it started. We now have over 600 people in the group, and students in colleges are excited to start WordPress clubs.

Why do you want to be a WordPress.tv moderator?

I have learned many new things from the videos at WordPress.tv. But I do wish the videos were more interactive (with slides), and had high-quality sound. So, as a listener, sometimes you get lost. I want to improve our future videos and make WordPress.tv the best resource for WordPress! I want to help the WordPress community beyond the local level.

What other things do you like to do?

I have a baby girl who takes up a lot of my time. I also keep busy photographing and making music.

Stay tuned for the next Q&A in this series! If you’re interested in getting involved in WordPress events, such as WordCamps and WordPress meetups, check out the Making WordPress Events discussion forum. You can also see what Chandra and the WordPress.tv moderators are up to at wptvmods.

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