Today is the big day. It’s my first day back at work since my three-month sabbatical. It feels like it’s been an eternity since my first day of vacation in November, and yet it also feels like it’s been years since I’ve logged into my team Slack or dove into the world of ICANN. Continue reading All Play and No Work
Yesterday, it occurred to me that part of the reason why I’m always so tired is because I try to maintain a lot of hobbies outside of work. Most people, I think, would tell themselves, “Hey, there’s only 24 hours in a day. You’re not going to get to do everything you want.” Whereas my response tends towards waking up before dawn and trying to cram as much as possible into each hour, which, of course, is extremely sustainable. Continue reading Sabbatical: Week 1
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! Continue reading SFO > LAS
Working is better when you do it together. Coworking from Google Campus Madrid – this place is awesome!
For the past few days, I’ve been in Brooklyn, NY with the rest of the Happiness Hiring team for our annual team meetup where we get together to discuss and improve upon our processes as a team. Continue reading Brooklyn, BK
While taking our company photo at this year’s Grand Meetup in Park City, Utah, we also had a drone film us, which resulted in this pretty nifty video. Okay, yes, I was a little freaked out at the time, but the result is awesome.
I’m just about a week shy of my three year anniversary at Automattic. Seeing the whole gang together in this video makes it clear just how much we’ve grown. We’ve almost tripled in size since I joined, and I’m still impressed by the kindness, intelligence, and sincerity of each of these individuals every day.
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.
Cheers to new adventures!