I figured I can't go wrong with the WordPress logo - bonus points since it doubles as my first initial. 🙌
Folks, I work for a pretty great company. Every 5 years, all employees get a 2-3 month paid sabbatical, which is almost unheard of outside of academia, at least in the US. The idea is to give employees a chance to disconnect, take a break from routine, and recharge. Time has flown and I'm eligible … Continue reading Sabbatical
Automattic and WordPress.com: 10 years and still going strong! Here’s to the next 10!
This year marks the 10th birthday of WordPress.com and our parent company, Automattic. We are proud to have served this community of millions: from writers, photographers, artists, and small and large publishers, to business owners and entrepreneurs.
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This year, in addition to our regular company photo, Matt surprised us and launched a drone cam. Judging from the giggles, gawking, and goofing, you would have thought none of us had ever seen one, but it was pretty fun. Check out 270-something Automatticians on a Park City, Utah hill. http://vimeo.com/107501260
It's been a week since I returned from my second Grand Meetup adventure and now that some of the tireds have gone away, it's time to reflect and recap. Last year, I wrote this post about my first Grand Meetup and this year, I told myself I would do a better job of journaling during … Continue reading Automattic Grand Meetup 2014
This is (most of) my team at the 2014 Automattic Grand Meetup. Together, we represent states across the US, the UK, several European countries, Australia, Israel, Peru, Indonesia, Malaysia and more. Team, you are all incredible and together, we are amazing. I'm privileged to work with each of you and can't wait to see you … Continue reading Some of My Favorite People in the Whole World (Literally)
An quick look at the benefits of having a distributed workforce. Very timely since more than 260 Automatticians are currently gathered in Park City, Utah for our annual company meetup. The makers of WordPress learned years ago that the ultimate office perk is not having an office (via Quartz).
I love that the company I work for cares about this. Not sure what net neutrality is or why you should care? Read on.
“Net Neutrality” is the simple but powerful principle that cable and broadband providers must treat all internet traffic equally. Whether you’re loading a blog post on WordPress.com, streaming House of Cards on Netflix, or browsing handcrafted tea cozies on Etsy, your internet provider can’t degrade your connection speed, block sites, or charge a toll based on the content that you’re viewing.
Net neutrality has defined the internet since its inception, and it’s hard to argue with the results: the internet is the most powerful engine of economic growth and free expression in history. Most importantly, the open internet is characterized by companies, products, and ideas that survive or fail depending on their own merit — not on whether they have preferred deals in place with a broadband service provider. Unfortunately, the principle of net neutrality, and the open internet that we know and love, is under attack.
Net Neutrality under…
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Hey All! If you plan to be at the annual BlogHer conference in San Jose this week, I wanted to invite you to stop by the WordPress/Automattic booth and say hello! We're happy to chat with folks about WordPress of course as well as any related topics and just blogging in general. If you need … Continue reading Come See Some of the Automattic Crew at BlogHer 2014
Check out this pretty comprehensive write-up on the history of WordPress, along with some info on the ecosystem and community that has sprouted up around it. Good stuff!