Planet Automattic: April 2014
One WordPress.com staffer challenged the others to a month-long blogging challenge… and you’ll never guess what happened next! (Spoiler: we blogged a lot.)
At Automattic, we don’t just make WordPress.com — we use it. A lot. All of us have at least one blog on WordPress.com, and many have more than one, where we write and publish photos regularly. Even Matt Mullenweg, co-founder of WordPress and CEO of Automattic, has an active blog on WordPress.com.
This month, our colleague Justin, a developer from Ohio, decided to post every single day in April — and challenged his friends to do the same. More than a dozen Automatticians picked up the gauntlet he threw down, publishing posts on everything from cheese to school picture day to the importance of glue.
Justin led the charge on his blog, BinarySmash:
He’s in the midst of a cross-country move, and Binary Smash gives him a place to mull over the changes. In “The Journey is Usually Worth It,” he reflects on life lessons learned from a frustrating-turned-relaxing trip to see the California redwoods.
Brandon Kraft is a Happiness Engineer from Austin, Texas, who happens to share a last name — and a Twitter handle — with a pretty famous cheese:
It could be sticky being constantly mistaken for an internationally-known brand. Luckily, Kraft the man and Kraft the cheese have managed to create a beautiful friendship based on trust, humor, and free cheese, as he explains in “Kraft and Kraft Cheese: Friends Forever.”
Of course, we do sometimes write about WordPress. Another Austin-based Happiness Engineer, Jackie Dana, is a WordCamp organizer. WordCamp Austin took place last weekend, and Jackie reflects on the process, highlights, and post-WordCamp glow in “That’s a Wrap!”
Due north, mobile developer Aaron Douglas of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, penned (keyboarded?) “On the Importance of Glue” to explain how the work that goes into the back end of a mobile application is like adhesive — you might not see it, but it keeps everything together.
We loved this heartwarming post on the happy accident that results when parents forget that it’s school picture day.
(If you like Circa, it’s a free theme available on WordPress.com.)
Here are a few more of our favorite from Justin’s April blogging challenge:
- Albuquerque, New Mexico, Happiness Engineer Karen Arnold put her house-envy in perspective.
- HR Lead Lori McLeese wrote a love letter to her hometown — San Francisco, California.
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based Business Engineer Anthony Bubel shared daily photos, including this perfect shot of the Blue Angels in formation.
- Robyn Okrant, a new Happiness Engineer hailing from Chicago, Illinois, shared an unedited piece of fiction each day — including this darkly comic tale about a family at war.
If you’d like to be a part of this motley crew, we’re hiring!
Always good to see what Automatticians are up to in front of the scenes. 🙂
I just had to go and see the school photo of Caroline Moore’s daughter, so cute. And talk about prolific, she’s created so many themes. I’m really enjoying using sorbet.
I’m new here, but the more I see the more I like. People seem earnest and genuine, this post further confirms it.
Now THAT is a fabulously fun & explosively creative work environment!!
WordPress has the planet’s greatest “geeks”!