All posts tagged: career

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. ❤

What Do You Do?

I used to find being asked, “What do you do?” frustrating because I didn’t want to talk about whatever job I had at the time. If I was clocked out, I was clocked out. Now I love my job, but it can be difficult to explain, so I’m sort of in the same boat. I don’t mind exactly because it’s fun to talk about, but my parents don’t really understand what I do, and I haven’t figured out how to explain it properly to them yet. (For the record: I’m a Happiness Engineer at Automattic and I highly recommend it.) I came across Buffer’s 27 Questions to Ask Instead of “What Do You Do?” today, so I’m going to add a few of these questions to my repertoire to change things up from the boring ol’ job question. (I basically never ask people what they do, but I am asked sometimes, so I’m prepping these for when I can jump in first with the question.) Sure, asking someone, “What’s your favorite emoji?” feels a little Buddy the Elf, but I do really like emojis. 😀 …

Rest Day

I took today off work after working yesterday and realizing I really needed a break after a very social long weekend in Philly for WordCamp US.  I spent the day lounging on my couch, eating snacks, playing Fallout 4 on PS4, starting my friends new YA novel (The Trouble with Destiny), and finishing season one of Jessica Jones. (I will tell you what I think of these three things soon.) I didn’t use my voice from the time my husband left for work until he got home in the evening. It was just what I needed. I’m diving back into work tomorrow, but I’m happy I work somewhere that allows me the flexibility to realize I need a break to recharge and take it. No questions asked. No guilt. That’s not as common as it should be, so I’ve added it to the list of reasons I love working at Automattic. (Psst… We’re always hiring.)

Six Amazing Months: An Automattic Love Story

My first official day at Automattic was six months ago today! My Happiness Engineer trial was late February to mid-April and it was a difficult/amazing time (as reflected in this emotional rollercoaster of a story I told in gifs). By the end of it I was exhausted but sure I was in the right place, so I’m glad my fellow Automatticians knew I belonged here too. Six months in, I’ve emailed users over 1,000 times and done more than 1,500 live chats, but that doesn’t really paint the whole picture of what’s happened or how much it’s meant to me. I’ve said a zillion times how much I love my job and then tried to stop going on and on about all of the reasons, because I know lots of people don’t feel the same about their job and it seems rude to keep reminding them. I’ve spent hours in Slack chatting about work & cracking jokes with my amazing team, Phoenix. (Affectionately known as the “fawkers” — Yes, that’s a Harry Potter reference, adorable fellow nerds.) I’ve …

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 …

Automattic, a mystery

I’ve mentioned before that my dad isn’t quite sure where I work or what I do. Well, neither is my mom, apparently… Mom: Can you send me the information on your company again? I lost it. [Stepdad] is asking me what you do again. Me: … 😂…I’ll email you. If you’d like your family to have no idea what you do too, we’re hiring. 😀