A few months ago, I switched teams at Automattic from Happiness Hiring at WordPress.com over to the Knock Knock WHOIS There (.blog) registry team. It has been a great change and I’m loving sinking my teeth into the new role.
Now that .blog has officially launched (as of November last year), my team had a chance to get together for a quick meetup in San Francisco, CA, prior to heading over to NamesCon, a domain conference in Las Vegas. Going to San Francisco is still exciting for me since, despite working for Automattic for quite some time, I’ve only been twice – which also means I’ve only actually seen our office twice!
Albeit quick, it was a fun trip to SF. I loved having the chance to work from Hawthorne and had a great time seeing some of the local Automatticians. Plus, it was my first real burrito Friday with a very large, able-to-stand-up-on-its-own mission burrito. Plus, we got a lot of work done. It’s funny, working from home always feels more productive because I can focus on any task at any time of day and work until I’m finished without feeling constrained by time of day, location, etc. And yet, it’s also super powerful when we’re able to get together in person and hammer out an idea. Best of both worlds, I think.
After SF, we went to Las Vegas for NamesCon. I think everyone around me was tired of hearing how much I don’t like Vegas. (Sorry people.) Growing up near Atlantic City, the whole shiny, neon, over-the-top, greedy casino culture was very familiar to me and, well, I didn’t like it then, either. So being in Vegas is always a little surreal for me. It’s strangely familiar, and yet, I’m in the middle of the desert on the other side of the country. What strange witchcraft is this?
Regardless, any trip with other Automatticians is amazing, no matter the location. We had lots of wonderful meetings, time to connect, and learned a ton from others in the industry. For me, the highlight was the Women in Domaining dinner (which we proudly sponsored at .blog!), which allowed all of the women who were attending the conference to get together, network, and build each other up. It was great to see just how many other women were there and I look forward to seeing that grow in the future.
All in all, it was a great, quick trip. It’s hard to believe it all happened within a week!