Several events have converged over the last week or so that have resulted in this wildly overdue “How I became a Happiness Engineer” post.
One is you may have noticed my blog has a shiny new domain name. My employer, Automattic, is the company behind the new .blog top level domain and they gave each of us one with one condition: Blog at least once per month. I’ve not been great about that recently so I’m using the domain as a push to reinvigorate my posting habits. I think we both know that what it really means is way more cat pictures, but I thought I’d start out with a real post.
The second thing is December 22 marked my 2 year anniversary as a Happiness Engineer. Now it sort of seems like I’ve always been here but looking back at old journals I’m remembering just how badly I wanted this job and how much of a long shot it seemed to be at the time.
The third thing is this rendition of “How I got to Memphis” from News Room. The song has become a favorite but what sticks with me is why they used it:
So how did I get to Automattic? The path was not direct, but sort of perfect in its way. Here are some of the highlights
- UNK Theatre Department
- Facilitation Training
- Paul Graham essays, especially “What You Can’t Say” and “Hackers and Painters“
- Organizational Consulting for the Non-Profit Arts
- Seth Godin
- A friend who needed a blog
- A series of gigs for nonprofits with no marketing budget but a willingness to let me do “internet stuff” if it didn’t interfere with my real work.
- Sonia Simone and the Remarkable Marketing Blueprint
- Low Hanging Fruit
- WordPress.com Forums
- Robyn’s sweet post about my volunteer work
- And a pretty big serving of luck and serendipity
It’s been a wild ride but I couldn’t be happier to have purchased the ticket.
Want to join me? We are hiring.
Smart. Kind. Funny. At least that's the goal. I care about encouraging girls to consider STEM careers, helping nonprofits be the best they can be, cats, and German-style boardgames.