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A Day in the Life of a Happiness Engineer

I work at Automattic as a Happiness Engineer for I’ve shared some details on what that’s like before (see here), but never a whole day play-by-play… until now! My day, as it happened on Wednesday, February 22, follows. This post is part of a series describing what Happiness Engineers at Automattic do each day. Read more like it by checking #a8cday on and Twitter. 7:30am – This is when my husband says goodbye and heads to work, so I start thinking I should probably get up too. I rest a while longer, then grab my phone and check Slack to catch up on my team’s channel plus a few others, and see what happened on Twitter overnight. I’m still not quite ready to get up, so I read a few chapters of a historical romance novel I’m in the middle of in the Kindle app. (Book: A Duchess in Name, The Grantham Girls #1 by by Amanda Weaver.) 8:50am – I jump out of bed and get dressed in real-ish clothes so I’m video-worthy, then I finger …

Thanks for the memories, Timehop.

Thanks to Timehop, I realized a year ago today is when I had my Matt Chat, which wrapped up my Happiness Engineer trial at Automattic, and led to the job I currently have and love. My tweet from when I got the first Slack ping from Matt and the chat began: And then about six hours later when it was done and I’d landed the job: I spent the rest of the day (and the next few days, if I’m honest) in a haze of excitement. After yesterday’s blahs, this was a perfect reminder of something that has gone (and is going!) great in my life, so thanks, Timehop. I appreciate your perfect timing. This day last year changed my life in an amazing way and I’m glad to remember it. I’ll celebrate the official one year anniversary of my first day on the job later this month. I marked six months very happily here, and I have even more to say about it all now. ❤

Mullenweg, y’all

Matt Mullenweg, CEO of Automattic (the company behind and where I work), answered questions AMA-style on Product Hunt today. Among many fantastic answers, including what he looks for when hiring, the ways he likes to decompress, why a distributed team like ours is a good idea, and his current favorite apps/websites, I saw this gem about “y’all” that struck a chord with me, as a fellow Texan (and feminist): When a Texan asked him what is response is if someone makes fun of his use of y’all or other colloquialisms: “I try to work “y’all” into the conversation as soon as possible as a quick filter to see who is worth spending more time with or not. It is also incredibly useful in a world of gender-neutral pronouns.” YES. In seventh grade, I eliminated y’all from my vocabulary in a misguided attempt to “seem less Texan” largely due to being on the internet in 1994 and seeing what people said when they realized you were from Texas. It was misguided, because WHO CARES, but also because many of these …

Job Happiness & Working it Out

I’m approaching three months as a full-time (non-trial) Happiness Engineer at Automattic, and I’m so, so happy. I have a job I enjoy, and lets me be (remotely) surrounded by great people. I have a job that I learn from every day, and that I want to keep doing. I worked hard to get it (the trial period is no joke) and I’m so grateful to have it. If you’re still searching for the right place for you: Don’t settle. Keep looking. Be Bold. It’s worth it.

Another Reason To Love Where I Work

In addition to the perfect EFF score post I reblogged recently, I also love to be a part of the place being discussed in this post by Matt Mullenweg: Ten Years of Automattic. It’s great: Our work is far from finished, and I hope there are hundreds of failures we learn from over the next 20 years. One of the things that makes me happiest is that I get to wake up every morning and work on the hard problem of making the web a better and more open place, and I do it alongside close to 400 talented people at Automattic and thousands in the broader community. For me this is a life’s work. The first decade is merely the first chapter of what I hope to be a very long book… I only started this year, so I can’t take credit for any of the great things he mentions in the post, but I can be excited to be a part of them now. (And I am! You may have noticed.)