Five years ago today, I started working full-time at Automattic. It’s the longest I’ve ever worked for someone besides myself.
Thanks to Automattic, I’ve eaten pastéis de nata in Lisbon, tucked into tapas in Barcelona, devoured croissants in Paris, and savoured street art in London. I’ve travelled all over the US and Canada, developing a burrito fixation that haunts me.
I have colleagues and friends spread out on six continents.
I’ve answered more questions about WordPress than I could have ever imagined – and (amazingly?) I’m still not tired of it.
I have skills I didn’t when I started – responsive design, child theming – and got comfortable enough to teach them to others.
My imposter syndrome is still a part of me, but it doesn’t consume me like it once did, and I share tips with others on how to tame it.
Thank you, Automattic, for giving me opportunities to learn, stretch, and share over the last five years. You’re still my people.
I walked into the large hotel meeting room in San Diego with some nervousness. 125 people I’d never met before filled the space, with just as many laptops dotting long rows of tables. A mosaic of international WordCamp and WordPress T-shirts adorned the motley crew, who’d assembled from around the world for a week of activities.
I remember having one very strong, distinct thought, as I scanned the room:
These are my people.
I’d been hired full-time by Automattic as a Happiness Engineer only a few weeks earlier – on August 20, in fact – and this was my first company-wide Grand Meetup.
Three years later, I’m still there. Automattic is now 400-strong. My colleagues are special people – funny, smart, considerate, generous – and many are also my friends. I have a wonderful team that supports and appreciates me. I feel completely comfortable to be myself.
I help people understand how to use WordPress – and delightedly watch some develop a passion for it. I teach, guide, mentor, speak. I learn new skills and refine existing ones. I love what I do, maybe even more than I did at the start.
Thank you, everyone, for the last three years. Here’s to all the adventures still to come.