Matt Hartley

Matt Hartley

Community Manager

Washington State, USA

About Me

I’m the community manager for the Old School Community on Locals. I handle the community management elements of OldSchool.Locals.com. Additionally, I have worked with Linux desktops for well over a decade, my operating system experience consists of both Windows and Linux operating platforms. I’ve also worked as a podcast producer, co-host and technology writer. For general inquiries, you can reach me at matt(at)matthartley.com

Experience

Founder and Talking Head
Sept 2020 - Present · Old School Community
Old School serves as an escape for those wishing to remember what life was like in decades past. Here we share funny stories of our youth, take pride in doing things the “old school” way. Each post here allows us to remember memories, pop culture and TV/movies from the 1960s. 1970s, and 1980s.
Community Manager
May 2020 - Dec 2020 · OpenShot Studios, LLC
I handled end user questions on social media and GitHub, community outreach. I also provide how-tos and teach others how to use the OpenShot video editor using video tutorials.
WordPress Administrator
June 2017 - Sept 2020 · Contract Work
Installation, repair and overall day-to-day management of WordPress websites for contract clients. Additional tasks include backup management, hardening WordPress installations, integrating video/audio into existing WordPress sites.
Freelance Contributor
June 2007 - July 2018 · Datamation
Wrote editorial articles on Linux/Open Source software for Datamation.com. Articles presented offer an in-depth topic analysis.
Community Manager / Freelance Consultant
Feb 2006 - Dec 2016 · Earth Networks
Built the Earth Networks Backyard Weather Community from the ground up. Moderated posts and approved member requests. Provided back-end support for the community website, also helped beta test new consumer and professional weather monitoring software. I also handled Earth Networks’s Backyard Community social channels.
Founder & Tech
July 2003 - Aug 2008 · Computer Troubleshoot
Managed my own PC Repair Business. Directed the business end of things while handling the technical challenges my clients faced. Tackled typical computer issues, while educating clients on how to best use their PCs.
Producer & Co-Founder
June 2005 - June 2007 · Weezy and The Swish
TechTV’s Laura Swisher, myself and Premiere Radio co-founder Louise Palanker created an audio podcast in the spirit of comedy called ‘Weezy and The Swish.’ Audio production work was handled by Matt Sigman, while I handled the website and RSS/podcasting syndication.

Projects

Old School Community
My most recent community management project is building a community for those who miss days gone by. Old School serves as an escape for those wishing to remember what life was like in decades past. Here we share funny stories of our youth, take pride in doing things the “old school” way. Each post here allows us to remember memories, pop culture and TV/movies from the 1960s. 1970s, and 1980s. We do virtual movie watch parties and soon, virtual board game experiences for those looking to let loose after a long week.
OpenShot Community
I served as the OpenShot video editor project community manager. Opportunities I faced included troubleshooting issues that end users may experience. My duties included providing support and casual interaction on social media, how-to videos and providing support on Reddit/r/openshot. When I wasn’t providing support, I was fielding community feedback for new features, interacting with volunteer software testers and sharing user created video projects with the rest of the community.
Earth Networks Backyard Weather Community
My time at Earth Networks was spent building a community of backyard weather enthusiasts that numbered in the tens of thousands while maintaining the community website. In addition to interacting and sharing user feedback, I helped cultivate a civil ecosystem of discourse while encouraging feedback and engagement.

Skills

Community Building
Troubleshooting
Linux
WordPress management
Blogging