From time to time, we check in with Automatticians, the folks who bring you WordPress.com — and share what they’re working on and thinking about, online and off.
Planet Automattic: February 2014
No matter where you are in the world, you’ll find people working on WordPress.com: Developers deploying lines of code. Designers tinkering with themes. Engineers working one-on-one with users to help make their websites just so. (Want to join in? We’re hiring.)
One cool thing about Automatticians? We care about WordPress.com so much that we’re always thinking about ways to make it better, online and off. Here’s a glimpse at the 230 Automatticians around the globe — and things we’re working on and thinking about right now.
We blog about WordPress (naturally!)
At Automattic, we’re constantly communicating, breaking and fixing, and iterating and improving. Communication tools like the P2 theme, Skype, and IRC channels allow ideas and conversations to flow at all times, while our own blogs are spaces to reflect on and share the things we’ve learned.
In Moscow, Code Wrangler Konstantin Kovshenin works on the Dot Org Team, writing themes and plugins and contributing to WordPress Core. On his personal blog, he shares tips, code snippets, and even videos of his talks at WordCamps, like WordCamp Sofia 2013 in Bulgaria.
Colorado-based Automattician Greg Brown works on search, natural language processing, and machine learning; his team wrangles data (and launched the Related Posts feature last November). On Greg’s blog, you can follow his recent posts on Elasticsearch, indexing, and the future:
Humans express their dreams, opinions, and ideas in hundreds of languages. Bridging that gap between humans and computers — and ultimately between humans — is a noble endeavor that will subtly shape the next century. I’d like to see Elasticsearch be a force in democratizing the use of natural language processing and machine learning.
We blog about the web and technology
Over in Taipei, Taiwan, Growth Engineer Ben Thompson focuses on attracting new users to WordPress.com, and improving their experience, on Team Triton. Ben actively writes about technology from a strategic perspective at Stratechery, like his recent thoughts on messaging on mobile, and his follow-up piece on this week’s Facebook and WhatsApp deal.
On ebeab (or eight beats equals a byte), Marcus Kazmierczak publishes newsletters about trends around open source, web development, Linux, and more. Located in the San Francisco Bay Area, Marcus works on Team Tinker — a team focused on creating new products — and covers more than just your usual technology news: his latest edition dives into the world of crypto-currency and Dogecoin, and past editions focus on productivity and hacking and security.
Over on the east coast of the US, Sheri Bigelow (who snapped the images you see in this post) is a New York-based photographer and designer who strives to make the WordPress.com theme and customization experience the best it can be, and shares techniques and ideas on her site, Design Simply. We especially like her tips on photography workflows and themes.
This week, Ian ponders the principles of good design, but he also writes on general best practices and other interests, like writing. If you’ve not seen it, Ian’s talk at WordCamp San Francisco 2013 resonates as an inspiring, big-picture, yet personal talk on themes and web design.
We blog about other stuff, too
Automatticians write about all sorts of topics — from tread desking to fatherhood to musings on love and life to gaming to reading and writing. And even if we’re not working on WordPress.com, we bring the same curiosity and motivation to our other passions — and find that much of what we do and enjoy here overlaps in side projects.
Isaac Keyet, a Product Designer living in Sweden and working on the Data Team, writes on a variety of subjects. In his recent post on light, color, work, and sleep, he talks about the types of light that affect our sleep/wake patterns (and recommends f.lux, an app that changes your screen temperature to best fit your location).
Karen Arnold, who lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and works on the Happiness Team, started a blogging class as an experiment for a homeschooling group. (Karen also led a workshop last fall at the Digital Family Summit to teach kids and their families how to get started blogging on WordPress.com.)
Further north in Quebec, Canada, Kathryn Presner, a member of the Theme Team, recaps her experience mentoring students at Ladies Learning Code. Being a Happiness Engineer and WordCamp speaker, educating others is nothing new to Kathryn — it’s a perfect example of open source education in action, and how the skills and passions of Automatticians aren’t restricted to “the workplace.”
Are you interested in working alongside these and many other talented folks? We’re hiring for numerous positions — consider applying!
It’s so nice to see the faces behind the hard work and the international flair. Well done, guys!
WordPress is an amazing place to write. It is one of the few world-wide net services that does not seem to have some Uber commercial interest in what I write. I would really hate to wake up tomorrow morning and find that Facebum has bought you for the equivalent of a small country’s Gross National Product.
Keep up the great work!
can anyone of you define happiness for me?
Still want all those wonderful Support people to be outed. None of us would be here without them; and in my own case, I’d long since have torn out all my hair. Oh. I forgot. I can’t do that any more. Well … I would’ve screamed in fury and pushed my desktop onto the floor …
Hey, I was just wondering, after reading this post, if there is any way that we, as bloggers, could get a list of bloggers who have sites that might be similar to our own; those, of course, who are part of WordPress. It would be nice to make contact and share what we have produced with others who might enjoy them. It could be a help to all of us. I have a site of almost entirely controversial subjects. I know there are millions of people out there with interests in many of the subjects I cover, but in the last month or so I have had no really meaningful comments by anyone who might even seem interested. Most of my comments are bogus anyway, which, of course, is always very discouraging. Thanks.
Why does the WordPress.com team use term “happiness engineer”?
Yes, it’s truly a global sharing platform.
Why are there WordCamps?
Thanks to Automattic. It’s the best platform for bloggers. Blogging for me means improving personality and knowledge. It’s a pleasure to be part of this great platform.
Thanks for this great post.
Amazing..keep up the good work!
Wow, I gues I never thought about how many people there are working behind the scenes to keep wordpress ticking over…thanks all!