A little over four years ago, we wanted to find a constructive way to give back to the WordPress community by creating a place to share knowledge across that ecosphere. That was the impetus for the birth of Torque, an editorially independent publication geared toward creatives, businesses, developers, and anyone who uses or has an interest in WordPress. Since 2013, we’ve achieved several milestones, including winning awards and publishing over 1,677 articles written by 218 contributors from around the world. Our readers represent the global community that is WordPress with 78 percent hailing from outside the U.S. Torque is now the leading publication focused on WordPress.
The success of Torque led us to explore other ways to offer thought leadership to an important adjacent community – digital marketers. Earlier this year we announced Velocitize, a publication geared to provide insights for digital marketers and agencies. However, rather than focusing broadly on the latest trends in digital marketing today, it examines these issues through the prism of open source. Velocitize launched with over 58 articles ranging from digital trends and reports, marketing expertise from brands, innovation, agency insights, and interviews with industry leaders, and we continue to find exciting new content, topics and contributors.
As part of the continuing evolution of these publications, we are excited to announce the new editorial team for Torque and Velocitize. Emily Schiola moves into the role of editor for Torque after serving as a writer and contributor on the Torque team. Much like Emily, Mercedes Cardona was a regular contributor to Velocitize before stepping into a similar position for Velocitize.
Emily first discovered WordPress while working at her college newspaper at the University of Oregon. After joining Torque two years ago, she learned about the community and found her love for the platform and people that create it. Since then, she’s attended several WordCamps, and covered tons of exciting things happening to the CMS. She is excited to further connect with the community. She loves good beer, bad movies, and mystery novels.
A long-time New Yorker, Mercedes is a veteran journalist who has worked for numerous media organizations including The Associated Press, Gannett Co. and Crain Communications. She has served in editorial roles at The Economist and Advertising Age and her writing has appeared in newspapers, websites and magazines worldwide including USA Today, Nation’s Restaurant News, Essence, The Huffington Post, and many others. In her spare time, she is a big Broadway theater fan and attends culinary school occasionally.
Please join us in welcoming Emily and Mercedes to their new roles. We’re looking forward to their leadership in continuing the proud traditions of Torque and Velocitize!