One year at Automattic

I’ve been working at Automattic for one whole year today and I can’t help but reflect on the wonderful experiences that have come my way as a result.

It’s sometimes tricky to describe the company to people who aren’t familiar with it because Automattic isn’t normal by most standards: We all work remotely and are spread out across over 30 different countries. On my team alone, there are people based in the US, England, Peru, Sweden, Canada, Israel, Austria, Bulgaria, Malaysia, France, Ireland, Indonesia, and Wales.

As I’m not required to be in a physical office, I’ve been able to work while travelling a lot. Teams within Automattic also have in-person team meetups every few months. I’m hoping to blog about each of these experiences over time but, for now, I’ll just say that I’m more than grateful for the chance I’ve had to travel and explore other places so freely.

It hasn’t been all about the travel though. This past year, I’ve been privileged to work with an incredibly talented, diverse, and interesting group of people on a product that we’re all passionate about.

Here’s hoping for many more years to come, even if my Mum does still joke that I need to get a “proper job.” ;)

New year, new blog

Today’s the first day of 2015 and also my birthday, so double the reason for me to reflect on the year that’s been and look ahead.

I feel lucky to have had such a wonderful year: In 2014, I started working at Automattic, explored 11 countries across 4 continents, and did things I never thought I’d get the chance to do. Skydiving in Utah, horseback riding in Hawaii, and hobbit spotting in New Zealand are just a few of the memories that stand out. Luckiest of all, my family have had a happy and healthy year too, with only a few bumps along the way.

As we go into 2015, I’m more than excited about the next set of adventures and one of my many resolutions is to be better at documenting them. I’m generally terrible at remembering to take photos and, despite working for the company behind WordPress.com, don’t actually keep a blog. So, here’s my attempt to put that right. :)

Happy New Year, all!