Day 6 and 7: Automattic’s Grand Meetup 2018

The last days of the Grand Meetup were packed full of activities and work. They were early mornings and late nights, and I was just too exhausted at the end of the day to write. As I sit in the plane going back home, I thought I’d get caught up. Lots of exciting things happened [...]

Camping in the Pacific Northwest

We are spending some time with Amy's family outside Seattle, Washington. This is a beautiful part of the world, with snow-capped mountains, inactive volcanos, breathtaking ocean views, beautiful lakes, and evergreen forests. Whenever we are here, we try to get away for a few days in my in-laws' motorhome, as there's just so much to [...]

Don’t put all your eggs in someone else’s basket.

This is why you should have your own platform, under your own domain, using open source code or something you wrote yourself: When you rely on a platform built by someone else, they can change the rules anytime and affect how you reach your audience and your revenue. Luckily I wasn't making a ton of [...]

100 podcast episodes on “Project Management for the Masses”

Has this ever happened to you? You’ve gone to a conference or seminar and learn great ideas, you had good intentions, but you didn’t get the breakthrough results? Have you ever gone to training and learn new knowledge but that knowledge didn’t increase your performance? Have you ever set big goals and fell short or […] [...]

So You Want to be a Happiness Engineer, Huh?

Here’s an amazing post by my coworker Sandy on becoming a Happiness Engineer at Automattic. Thanks Sandy for this awesome resource.

Sandy McFadden

Since joining Automattic (and to the annoyance of some people, I’m sure) I tend to go on about how much I enjoy my job and the company itself. I’ve often been asked what it takes and what you need to know to get the job. Especially since I called people to join me in my last post, I thought I would put together my thoughts and some resources which I can point people to or they can hopefully find through searching online as well.

I’m going to go a bit further and not only talk about what you need to do to get the job, but what I think you need to be successful in the Happiness Engineer role at Automattic. Please note that there are a lot of points here and you don’t have to be an expert in all of them to apply, but having a good understanding…

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My guest appearance on “Beyond the To-Do List”

A few weeks ago I joined fellow Automattician Dustin Hartzler as we were interviewed by our friend Erik Fisher, host of the phenomenal Beyond the To-Do List podcast. We talked about the rewards and challenges of remote work, including our workstation setup, balancing family and work, staying productive, fitness, and wearing pants 🙂 Click here [...]

Turkey

"A turkey is more occult and awful than all the angels and archangels. In so far as God has partly revealed to us an angelic world, He has partly told us what an angel means. But God has never told us what a turkey means. And if you go and stare at a live turkey [...]

Introducing VR and 360° Content for All WordPress.com Sites

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Virtual Reality is coming to WordPress.com! As of today, you can create and publish your own VR content on any WordPress.com site, starting with 360° photos and 360° videos (beta), and you can view regular photos and panoramas in VR. Our goal is to make publishing VR content as simple as publishing text or photos to the web — just add VR content to your site and anyone with a web browser can instantly enjoy it.

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How CrossFit Will Make You Run Faster 5Ks

It's only been 7 weeks since I started working out at my local CrossFit gym, West London CrossFit. I'm already feeling and looking different even after this short amount of time. But I wasn't prepared to see how much of a better runner I'm becoming.In the weeks prior to my start at CrossFit, I was running [...]

Progress?

I now see this underlying idea that there's an absolutely obvious progressive path humanity must take, and we are either on or off it.  But where are we supposed to be going?  Who decides? Truth is, progress is relative. It depends on where you want to go.  If you believe you are going in the [...]

Community Recap: Automattic’s Worldwide WordPress 5K

Can you find me in that picture?

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From September 19 to September 26, we invited members of the WordPress community to join us in one of our favorite yearly traditions: the Automattic Worldwide WordPress 5K (open to runners, walkers, cyclists, and hikers — and any other type of ambulation). Here are some of the stories and photos people shared from their corner of the world.

Live from Whistler

Our company is distributed, with Automatticians currently based in more than 50 countries. But once a year, we meet for a week to work and socialize in person — and we always set aside some time to run together, too.

Automatticians preparing for their 5K in Whistler, Canada. Automatticians preparing for their 5K in Whistler, Canada.

This year, our Grand Meetup took place in beautiful Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. And on the morning of September 19, a few dozen of us braved the chilly early-morning weather for a 5K in the lush mountain landscape. If this…

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CrossFit!

Today I started the OnRamp program to get me started with CrossFit.  If you're not familiar with it, CrossFit is constantly varied functional movements performed at relatively high intensity.  It's hard to describe, and there are those who love it and those who hate it.  In my case, I'm pumped. This is just what I [...]

Field Notes: Podcast Movement 2016

Here’s my latest contribution to the official WordPress.com blog:

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Automatticians, the people who build WordPress.com, participate in events and projects around the world every day. Periodically, they report back on the exciting things they do in the community. This week, we share our experience at the Podcast Movement 2016 conference.

People use WordPress.com to share many types of stories, from written essays and photo galleries to podcasts. Podcast Movement has quickly become the conference to attend for audio storytellers, so we were excited to be there to support the podcasting community and spread the word about podcasting tools on WordPress.com.

Live from the WordPress.com booth

Cesar Abeid, Trevor Montgomery, and Dustin Hartzler, Happiness Engineers at Automattic, attended the latest installment of this exciting event earlier this month in Chicago, Illinois. The conference, now in its third year, drew over 1,500 attendees. WordPress.com was a sponsor, so we had a great opportunity to engage with the community from…

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Coming Soon: New .Blog Domains for Websites

This is awesome!

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For more than a decade, the word “blog” has been synonymous with “your home on the web.” And since 2005, WordPress.com has been proud to help you create a unique space that is all yours.

Now we’re excited to announce a brand new way to create a unique identity for your website: .blog, a top-level domain extension that will let you create a customized name and web address for your site.

A name that’s all yours

Just like .com before it, .blog is clear and accessible, and it creates millions of fresh, new options for naming your blog. It’s the perfect place to build your home on the web.

The .blog domains are coming this year — sign up here to get notified when they become available. We’ll be offering them to all websites — you won’t need to have a WordPress or WordPress.com site to purchase one.

Why .blog?

For years, .com was the…

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Project Management For You by Cesar Abeid

Thanks Gus for the great review!

Alex Gustafson

After reading Getting Things Done by David Allen, I was excited to get to work. With clarity about my system and tools, I made better Next Steps and forced myself to confront the things I could do and what I needed to defer or delegate.

But on some items, I found myself running in circles. Things big enough that a Next Step would be the planning and thinking about what would make a good next step.

What I needed was project management. The ability to break down big, ambitious tasks with multiple parts into a series of next steps.

GTD falls short on material of how to handle project management. Where David Allen left off, Cesar Abeid picks us up. Reading Project Management For You is like unlocking some hidden bonus chapters of GTD.

I came across this book because I’m lucky enough to call Cesar my friend and colleague. Before our recent team meetup…

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I’m Not Moving to San Francisco :)

Since I posted that I'm now working for Automattic, many have asked me if I'm moving to San Francisco, where Automattic's main office is. I'm not. Automattic works with a 100% distributed team, which means I'll be working from home. The same goes for other Automatticians who live in Hawaii, Japan, Iceland, South Africa, Bangladesh, [...]

Às Vezes O Bom É O Inimigo Do Melhor

Uma pequena revolução de vez em quando e' uma ótima coisa. - Thomas Jefferson Estou vendo, a distancia, as manifestações no Brasil. Tendo morado muitos anos fora, da minha varanda estrangeira eu sempre tive uma vista interessante da cultura brasileira, talvez às vezes um pouco mais lúcida do que quando eu morava lá.  Como se [...]

Google+ Solves Yet Another Problem

Multilingual people like me are usual in a tight spot on Facebook.  When large percentages of your list of "friends" speak different languages, how do you choose what language you will use when posting something? Facebook offers no solution to this conundrum. Google+, with its "circles," allows you to organize your contacts in different groups.  When [...]