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CliffsNotes: Tattoo Etiquette 101

A few days ago, I read Alli Thresher’s article in xoJane on “Tattoo Etiquette 101 – How to Appreciate My Body Art Without Making Me Hate You.” After sharing it into the Twitterverse, a few people asked me, “Wait, really?”

I’ve had strangers pull up my shirt sleeve, touch my hair, even grab me by the collar to get a “peek” at the hint of a drawing they think they see. […] When they’re visible (and they’re usually not), my tattoos are not an invitation. They are not on my body for anyone’s enjoyment other than my own.

Yes.

To be completely honest, I usually enjoy the fact that my tattoos can be a conversation starter. I like to meet new people and tend to be relatively quiet by nature. If my body art pulls someone in for an interesting discussion, I’m glad.

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Hometown

“Knowledge of places is closely linked to knowledge of the self, to grasping one’s position in the larger scheme of things, including one’s own community, and to securing a confident sense of who one is as a person.”  Keith Basso, Wisdom Sits in Places

I’m lucky: I have my family, and I have friends who are like family. For Thanksgiving, I went to a one such friend’s house for dinner in my hometown. For the most part, I moved away from South Jersey when I was 18. I rebelled, with an appropriately dramatic teenage flair, against where I grew up. Not one for the quiet life, I was drawn to the stimulating toughness of the city.

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Automa-what?

It’s official — I’m a full-fledged member of the amazing team at Automattic, the folks who run WordPress.com. As a Happiness Engineer, I get to work with WordPress.com bloggers to help answer any questions they may have about using our services.

I’m really, really excited about this bit of news! I left my job at the adoption agency as a “leap of faith” while on trial as a Happiness Engineer. (All employees at Automattic have a trial period, to make sure the job is a good fit for both the company and the employee — neat, right?) I couldn’t think of a better fit. I love the flexibility of working from home, spending my days chatting with my talented coworkers from around the world, and watching the bloggers I’m lucky enough to correspond with learn and perfect their understanding of WordPress.com — as well as giving us feedback to keep us on top of our game.

For those of you reading this who have found me via the forums or while looking for assistance with a WordPress question (which can be answered here, by the way), I can’t wait to meet you!

Cheers to new adventures!