On 12th Feb, I joined Automattic as a Community Wrangler.
They are the fine folks behind WordPress.com, Akismet, Jetpack (two plugins this blog has be running on for a long time now), Longreads, WooCommerce and much more.
It also has open-source at the core of is DNA. The company works in a completely distributed manner, which means everyone works remotely.
As a Community Wrangler, I would be working with the volunteers and also full time folks who mainly keep the WordPress community running. This is a really exciting new journey I have embarked upon.
And yes, Automattic is hiring!
That said, starting full-time with Automattic was the second best thing to have happened to me this month. A week before I started work, I got married to my best friend Kavita. ♥️
A bit more than 5 years ago, a BBPress installation was done. No one but a few hundred bots signed up. Alex and I decided instead of people coming to our website, we would start a Facebook group.
What do we call it? We tried to keep it simple and obscure enough to everyone and not just someone who codes, feel welcome to join in.
Hence we called this Facebook group “WordPress India”. A couple of days ago, on 22nd November, we completed five years of the group.
On the 5th anniversary, Saurabh, Alex and I took part in a Live Hangout and talked about marketing yourself at WordCamps and meetups.
Catchup on the discussion here.