Three

Three years ago today, I started working full-time for Automattic.

A lot has happened in three years. I’ve traveled the world. Met some amazing people. Found my enjoyment of public speaking. Moved across the country. Lost a best friend. Discovered my love of the ocean.

It seems like a lifetime ago when I got the job offer – but it also seems like I just started. I get to work on great things, learn new things, and work with the best team of people in the world.

(Shout out to Team Aurora!)

What do the next three years hold? I’m not sure, but I’m excited to find out.

Psst. We’re hiring!

Exploring Oregon

We’ve lived in Oregon for almost ten months now and we really haven’t taken advantage of the amazing outdoor experiences and destinations that we never really had in Minnesota. Mountains, valleys, oceans, and no snow1!

But in these 10 months, I’ve driven to the ocean twice – once in the pouring rain showing our friend the sights and going to wine country – and once to see a bunch of smelly, belligerent drunks on another drizzly day.

We’ve done a little urban exploring and a walk through Tualatin Hills Nature Park (which is smack in the middle of the city and a short MAX ride away) as well, but for the most part, we haven’t done any exploring of this beautiful state.

This past Sunday, I finally had enough. Why did we move here if we weren’t going to enjoy all the things we love – being outdoors, seeing nature in its glory, disconnecting from technology – so I decided we were going to go somewhere. I found a lighthouse that was only a hour and a half drive away (and would take us past the Tillamook cheese factory…mmm). Do a bit of exploring, see the ocean, and have a good time in the outdoors.

Since I’m an adventurer at heart, I got the general idea of where we were going and relied upon road signs to get us to our final destination. It’s a pretty straightforward drive from our house to Tillamook and the lighthouse was only 10 miles further west.

Instead of taking the main road, we followed the signs which took us on some beautiful back roads that went past dairy farms and had smooth, winding roads that had little to no traffic.

We got to a point where the road forked off to the right, but we ended up staying left and ended up at Cape Lookout state park instead. I had read there were some great hiking in that area and since we were prepared for some hiking, we decided on the spur of the moment to change our plan.

We were glad we did!

We ended up hiking Cape Lookout’s south hike, which wound it’s way through the forest and down 850 feet over 1.8 miles to get to the ocean. Here are some photos from the hike and from when we finally got to the ocean. There are also photos of slugs because my crazy husband is fascinated with them. They’re animated boogers as far as I’m concerned.

Next time we go back, I want to take the north hike – which is nearly a 10 mile round trip, so we’d have to leave the house earlier in the morning. But the views afforded on that hike also look amazing. I can’t wait! 😀

We ended our adventure by eating some ice cream at the Tillamook factory and getting a bunch of cheese to take home with us. Mmm…cheese.

Where’s your next adventure going to take you? Ours will be right outside our door.


1 Yes, yes, I know it will snow in Oregon on occasion, even in the area that we live. But it’s not never ending, 5.5 foot snow drifts that linger from November to May. Plus, it doesn’t get below zero.

Inside Hiring at Automattic

My awesome co-worker Dave Martin posted an article on his blog today titled “Inside Automattic’s Remote Hiring Process” and it’s a fantastic read.

One of my favorite quotes:

We try to reply to everyone, whether they look like a good fit yet or not. There are good reasons for this. Not only is it the right thing to do, we’ve actually had quite a few Automatticians get hired after reapplying a second or third time.

I think this is HUGE.

How many times have you applied for something only to sit around waiting for a response?

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Exactly.

You apply for a job you’re really excited about, then weeks and months go by and you don’t hear anything back. What an awful feeling!

In this day and age where we have computers, auto-responders, text expander programs and the like – it literally takes a moment to respond to those people who did not meet the expectations or requirements of the position being filled. It’s just common courtesy to let people know.

That’s why I love working for Automattic – from the very first point of contact, we’re respectful of all applicants and their time. Whether that means “thanks, but no thanks” or “hey, let’s talk more” – we try to respond to everyone. That’s pretty cool.

What are you waiting for? Go read Dave’s article and take a peek at our hiring page. Who knows, we may want to talk to you more too!

Press Publish!

If you don’t follow me on Twitter, you may have missed this retweet:

Wait, that’s my name in that photo! Whaaaaat?

Don’t fear, I knew I was going to be a part of this event! Press Publish is a new event from Automattic – from the event website:

Press Publish is a one-day conference featuring inspiring WordPress bloggers and the people behind WordPress.com

Currently, there are two events scheduled: one in Portland and one in Phoenix. No, I’m pretty sure they didn’t pick those cities because they started with the letter P. 😀

I’m going to be at the Portland event talking about Jetpack: the features that are beneficial to bloggers and tools that can help you manage multiple WordPress sites. I’ll also be doing a Podcasting 101 and will cover the basics on how to get started podcasting with WordPress and how it’s not as scary as it seems!

The Portland event is on March 28th – and clearly is the better of the two events because that’s the one where I’m going to be speaking. 😉

Hope to see you there!