I leave early tomorrow morning for Automattic’s annual Grand Meetup. (Search “grand meetup” on this blog to see last year’s posts.) It’s a weeklong chance for me to see my coworkers (all 450+ of them) in person. We work on projects or take classes, attend workshops, and mix some fun, work-free stuff in there too. I’m flying into Vancouver Tuesday and then making the trip out to Whistler on Wednesday afternoon to stay for the week. I haven’t used Instagram Stories yet, but I figured this adventure is the perfect time to try it out, so if you want to catch some behind-the-scenes looks at my trip and what it’s like to be at the GM, follow me on Instagram.
Remember the big company photo I shared the other day? Well, here’s one with just the women! So proud to know (and be in!) this group of fantastic, smart, awesome people!
You may have noticed that I love my job, so I am totally thrilled to be in the big, annual company photo for the first time. I mean, look at all of these great people: We took it at Grand Meetup last month in Park City, Utah. And I’m already looking forward to being in next year’s!
Automattic’s 10th Anniversary Party at our annual Grand Meetup was super fun. Obviously. I can’t say it enough times & in the right words, but I’ve found my people. And if you think they might be your people too, we’re hiring. 😀
We spent the last night of Grand Meetup at a party celebrating ten years of Automattic. It was super secretive: Almost time for Automattic's 10th Anniversary party! And one last great night here. #a8cgm A post shared by Sarah Blackstock (@sarahblackstock) on Oct 18, 2015 at 7:15pm PDT And then this happened: Dance party! #a8cgm A post shared by Sarah Blackstock (@sarahblackstock) on Oct 18, 2015 at 9:10pm PDT Also, our CEO (Matt Mullenweg) played the sax in the employee band: The CEO on the saxophone! #a8cgm A post shared by Marcus Kazmierczak (@marcuskaz) on Oct 18, 2015 at 9:23pm PDT The Jane Doze played & there was a photobooth: Some of my favorite people in the world. #a8cgm A post shared by Marjorie Asturias (@myinnerfrenchgirl) on Oct 19, 2015 at 1:28am PDT That’s most of my team, Phoenix, above. They’re great.
We snapped a few pictures sometime between 2 and 5am yesterday (today?). I’m not normally great at staying up so late anymore, but it’s been easy here. The party suites are full of Automatticians I otherwise don’t see around much, since there are so many of us and we work on many different things, so they’re a great place to spend the evenings. Late night #a8cgm last night. 😎 A post shared by Sarah Blackstock (@sarahblackstock) on Oct 18, 2015 at 11:37am PDT Last night at the #a8cgm selfie wall. A post shared by Sarah Blackstock (@sarahblackstock) on Oct 18, 2015 at 12:47pm PDT And the morning view is great too (I went back for coffee, thanks to a fellow coffee nerd who brought the good stuff): View from a balcony @ Canyons. #a8cgm A post shared by Sarah Blackstock (@sarahblackstock) on Oct 18, 2015 at 4:28pm PDT It’s hard for me to explain how this week has felt, but I’m working on coming up with the words.
Saturday at the GM was free of classes & projects, and set aside for activities and/or free time. So today I went shopping at a nearby outlet mall, then tried acupuncture for the first time. Later in the afternoon I participated in an “escape the room” challenge installed in a hotel room here at the resort. After dinner I spent hours in the party suite getting to know a bunch of coworkers I hadn’t managed to meet yet (even after 5+ days here) and spent time with the ones that have become great friends over this week. It’s been a great experience. I’m exhausted, yet exhilarated, and so thankful to be here and to work at Automattic. This place is great & these people are fantastic.