Democratize Publishing Part One
Meanwhile, in other news:
2014 February – Kosato & I got married ♥
one year later…
2015 February – Had our wedding ♥♥
and one year after that…
2016 February – Became parents ♥♥♥
and before we knew it…
2017 February – Keimei turned one!
The first year of being parents naturally had a tremendous impact on us. It’s one of those experiences in life that you can’t really prepare for no matter how much you try — you just have to experience it to know. No amount of words can even begin to describe how much happiness and joy our little one has brought into our lives.
I made a promise on my son’s first birthday that I would do everything within my human capacity to provide the best possible life for our family, that I would be a father and husband they could say they’re proud of, and that I would forever continue to fight for our dreams. In order to accomplish that, I needed to act.
No more waiting around.
It was time to get shit done.
Twenty-seventeen was year of the hustle.
By this time, my web development skills and learning were well honed-in and exclusively focused on WordPress and I definitively knew this was the route I wanted to take and that the future of my career would be with WordPress.
But why WordPress? What was so special about WordPress that I had suddenly developed such a passion for it?
Well for me, I’m a big believer in purpose.
I believe there should be meaning behind the work we do, the decisions we act on, the products we use, and even the connections we make with other people.
That is the mission of WordPress. WordPress believes in empowerment, the means to express yourself freely, and the idea of sharing & building upon ideas. And on top of such a noble cause, there’s an entire global community to back it up.
And for me, that’s what makes WordPress so great.
“People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it. And what you do simply proves what you believe” ― Simon Sinek,
It’s very clear after looking into the history of WordPress and the ambitions of one of its founders, Matt Mullenweg (CEO, Automattic Inc.), that its broad vision is to essentially make the web a better place, both through its open source community and Automattic products such as WordPress.com, WordPress.com VIP, WooCommerce, Jetpack, and more.
So when thinking about what I really wanted out of a career, I realized that there’s nothing that would be more fulfilling than to be a part of and contribute to this movement, a movement whose goal is to have an impact on the world, and that’s exactly what WordPress has set out to accomplish. Many of the values and beliefs of the WordPress brand aligned so well with my own that I knew almost instantly that this is the road for me.
I started to research more about Automattic and the open positions that were available.
(Aside: It’s kind of funny when I look back at the very beginning of my web development journey, I created a blog on WordPress.com to document everything I learned about and coded. Little did I know that the very software and service I was using would ultimately become part of my destined career.)
Out of all the wrangler, engineer, director, and designer positions, there were a few that really resonated with my interests (design in particular), but at the time only one seemed to really match my current skills.
After shuffling back and forth reading through some #a8cday posts provided by the above link and the job description page, I was met with this clever little flip-around message 😀
Happiness Engineer? It does have a nice ring to it. Well then, …
But before we jump to the juicy end, read on to find out what happened in between…