Since transitioning away from journalism and writing to working on the Web some six-plus years ago, I’ve struggled explaining to my family what I do.
Sure, there’s the go-to: I make websites. Or: I help people publish online. I help people tell their stories on the Web. That’s my favorite.
When I explained to my mom what Automattic did when I joined, and the mission behind WordPress, she started to see why I shifted my lifelong ambition of writing words to writing code. But I never really shifted. I’m still making. Now, I’m making the Web, and it’s messy. It can’t be clearly defined on most days and damn, it’s so fluid.
I guess I just make the Web with the rest of you. And I love it.