I’m preparing for the Trump presidency/decline of civilization by training a tiny ninja militia in my basement.
Famously, Automattic is a 100% distributed company: we don’t have a central office, and instead everyone works from where ever they happen to be—home, coworking spaces, cafes, parks, planes, trains, and automobiles.
For me, when I’m not traveling or invading the offices of the country’s largest publishers, that’s my home office.
And I’m lucky to have two great kids who know when I’m working and will give me the space (and usually, silence) I need to do that. Once in a while though, they sneak into my office and we’ll take some silly pictures together. I hadn’t noticed, but we now have hundreds of these pictures spanning the past five years.
Many technology companies are generous with their salaries, employee benefits, and perks—Automattic gets all of that right, and so much more. The value of these little moments together is immeasureable.
I’m excited to announce that starting today I’ll be working for Automattic, makers of WordPress.com and myriad other web products, as their Director of Platform Services. I’ll be working with a team of talented Automatticians on expanding WordPress.com’s VIP Support and Hosting program specifically.
It’s an exciting time to join. WordPress.com is simply killing it: they we are currently hosting 15.7 million blogs (including the likes of CNN, Time Inc., Dow Jones, and more), and adding about 900,000 more each month. Roughly 500,000 posts and 400,000 comments are published every day. Monthly page views are at 2.3 billion.
And yes, to answer the obvious question, I will be relaunching this blog on WordPress (but only because I want to, not because I have to!)