A real post!

This domain has been a home for holding my name’s place on the internet for a long time now. When I first set it up, it was one of those business card-type themes and I had my Twitter feed auto-posting on a mini blog.

Now that will all change.

I’m going to start posting here about a variety of things: my continuing education, any development work I happen to get into, and any other professional developments that happen in my life.

And, you’ll see my Instagram pictures! 🙂

A bit of background about me: I had been working in various administrative positions for nearly 15 years. I had a side-career of working in web design a decade ago, but at the time designers were expected to do everything and I had some weaknesses in the logo-development area. After a gig that left a bad taste in my mouth, I shifted my focus to the administrative side of things. It was easy, but it wasn’t fulfilling.

Fast forward to fall of last year. After encouragement from my husband – and trying to do both at the same time – I quit my full-time administrative job to focus my energies on getting my web development skills back to modern-day standards.

Do you have any idea how much things in development have changed in a decade? I’ll tell you: A. Lot.

As I’ve been working on my education, I discovered a niche that I wanted to work in. WordPress.

I started my first blog back in June of 2005. I used WordPress – back in the day where there was no “1-click installs” or anyone doing the work for you. You had to do all the hard work yourself. And it was great.

Over time, the software has gotten better, added more features, and got much easier to use and install.

Another reason I thought about WordPress was my friend Alison. She’s worked as a WordPress developer for years and now works for Automattic – the company that makes WordPress – as a Code Wrangler. She encouraged me to apply for a Happiness Engineer position at Automattic because she thought I’d be perfect for it!

Well, I’m proud to say that today is my first official day working as a Happiness Engineer for Automattic! I have been working under a trial for the past two months and I was ecstatic to be brought onto the team on a full-time basis.

I can’t wait for the journey ahead of me – it’s going to be awesome, amazing, and a lot of hard work, but I wouldn’t want it any other way!

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