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My Year in Review: 2016

With 2016 coming to a close, I thought I’d share another recap (like in 2015). It was way easier last time because I blogged so much last year, so at the very least, writing this post was a good reminder that I’d like to document my life more. Good thing I’m starting a Bullet Journal right now. 😉 And I solemnly swear to post here at least 48 times in 2017. (Can you tell I’m watching Harry Potter?) Read on for my monthly recap and a list of the places I visited this year. Here’s a month-by-month recap of what I was up to (as far as I can remember): January: I visited Phoenix for a work team meetup, plus spent a few days of roadtripping around the state, including to Sedona and the Grand Canyon, with two teammates. Cold afternoon at the Grand Canyon. A post shared by Sarah Blackstock (@sarahblackstock) on Jan 15, 2016 at 6:07pm PST   February: We kicked off our master bathroom remodel. It got demolished (down to the studs and subfloor!), then …

WordPress.com on Instagram

New @wordpressdotcom @instagram account is looking pretty sweet, follow for inspiration: https://t.co/XOq21AXBLL — Matt Mullenweg (@photomatt) March 18, 2016 I recently started a side project at work. We had an Instagram account but weren’t using it, so I wrote up a proposal with content ideas and Instagram best practices and… ta-da! I’m sharing standout WordPress.com content there now, like quotes from pieces on Discover, beautiful photos from blogs, and screenshots of great looking websites. Follow: @wordpressdotcom. Sidenote: Add this to the list of why I love working at Automattic. It’s a real do-ocracy. If you see something that needs working on and want to be the one to do it, you can go for it and I love that.

The 2015 WordPress.com Year In Review!

Originally posted on The WordPress.com Blog:
Here’s an incredible fact: together, you published more than 660 million posts on WordPress.com in 2015, and made more than 655 million comments. That’s a whole lot of joy, laughter, tears, insight, and thoughtfulness. And it’s just one part of a huge global community of people — WordPress now powers more than 25% of the internet — with interests ranging from the news shaping our world to personal stories that shape our own families and lives. We talked about the serious and the mundane, the silly and the sorrowful; we talked about creativity, sports, marriage, parenthood, politics, love, romance, differences, divisions, and identity. From all of us at Automattic to everyone in the WordPress.com community: it’s been a thrill to watch, participate in, and support your work. Here’s a quick roundup of notable moments from 2015: Viral Hits of 2015 Kiran Gandhi, running the London Marathon. I thought, if there’s one person society won’t f— with, it’s a marathon runner. —Kiran Gandhi, who ran the London Marathon while free-bleeding, in the viral post, “Sisterhood, blood and boobs at the…

My Year in Review: 2015

If I were to describe my 2015 in only three words, I’d go with: happy, progress, and best. It was a year with way more positives than negatives personally, with the only real hardship coming hearing about bad things happening around the world which tends to wear on my heart. (I think news stories, one month’s extra-strong bout of PMS, and commercials with sad dogs in them were the only things to make me cry in 2015. And I’m a crier, so that means the year was basically fantastic.) I took a peek through the archives to remember my year, and I must point out that the months before I started this blog (January, February, March) were the most difficult to recall details for because I didn’t really have any! Blogging saves memories, y’all. Here’s a month-by-month recap of what I was up to: January: I binge watched The Fall and developed an awkward crush on the Jamie Dornan serial killer character (and Gillian Anderson’s Stella a bit too, because OMG she’s so awesome). February: I made …

Notes from An Event Apart Austin: Jeffrey Zeldman

Jeffrey Zeldman, co-founder of An Event Apart, kicked off An Event Apart Austin (on October 5) with: The Fault, Dear Brutus (or: Career Advice From a Cranky Old Man). Notes I took/tweeted and some of my favorite live-tweets by others during his presentation follow. On getting into work on the web: “I was excited about the web because it was democratic and anyone could do it.” On working with clients:  His advice on showing a client your site design: “Never talk about the aesthetics. Talk about the business problems you’re solving.” On navigating the workplace: On how “politics trumps work” at big companies: “Attitude trumps work in most companies. Great work + bad attitude = fired.”  Bad attitudes are toxic and good attitudes are essential to good work in big and small companies.  Also: first impressions last! He says switch jobs or divisions within a company when you think you should be promoted but haven’t been. Once people see you as a certain thing (like an assistant), they might struggle to re-imagine you as a person with …

A missing post is ruining my streak!

Somehow I made my original July 10, 2015 post disappear and it’s ruining my streak! (I love getting those notifications each time I publish a post! I’m the exact person those types of incentives work on, because I CAN’T STOP NOW!) My streak was up to 254 for today, except the July 10 post is gone and so now it says 165! 😭 So, I’m adding this post to that date for now to see if it gives me my streak back, and I’ll remember this moment the next time I’m chatting with a WordPress.com user (as part of my job as a Happiness Engineer) and wondering how they managed to get themselves into the mess I’m helping them clear up. It happens! Even to me! EDITED TO ADD: Right after I hit publish, the streak came back! And it’s actually day 255 of posting in a row! I’M SAVED! 😀 Pro-tip: Try to avoid four hands on one keyboard when you’re blogging. 😉