This past week, Automattic held its annual Grand Meetup, where the entire company gets together to talk about the past year, plan ahead for the next one and work on a few cool things…
Oh, and we throw a party at the end with a photo booth. As you can see, my team, the Theme Team, knows how to take a good photo. 🙂 I’m lucky to work with such a great group of people. They’re more than coworkers – they’re friends. People who inspire me, push me, teach me, make me laugh and probably overuse the 💩 emoji. Nobody’s perfect.
A view of trees high up, near a lookout on Skywalk Trail.
A view of Rainbow Mountain.
A view of Rainbow Mountain, from a field.
A big group of Automattician’s eating lunch near the bottom of Rainbow Mountain.
One of the glacier lakes at Rainbow Mountain.
A view out into the valley, standing near one of the glacier lakes at Rainbow Mountain.
Me and a glacier – selfie style.
A view of the glacier lake, from standing in front of the glacier itself.
A glacier on Rainbow Mountain.
A mix of debris from the glacier and a view of trees and grass.
Me in front of the glacier.
From left to right, Stu West, Jonah Braun, Xiao Yu and myself on the glacier beach.
Walking on the glacier beach.
A small stream on the trail to Rainbow Mountain.
This past week, while at Automattic’s annual Grand Meetup, I completed the most difficult hike I’ve ever done. Myself and a small group of Automattician’s hiked up Skywalk Trail on Rainbow Mountain – a challenging hike full of amazing views. It’s near Whistler, British Columbia in Canada.
I say difficult because about an hour into the hike, I wasn’t sure I would make it. I huffed and puffed up a few steep hills and had to take a lot of short breaks. But I pushed through and enjoyed the best payoff – the views (see the photos!). I felt it the next few days with sore calves and quads.
A big thanks to Joe Boydston for organizing the hike, Stu West for hiking back down with me, and the rest of the group for being such great company.
After years of contributing to WordPress and its default themes, I get to help lead one – Twenty Seventeen! To say I’m excited and honored would be the understatement of both 2016 and 2017. 🙂
I’m looking forward to bringing a new theme to WordPress, and with the help of the WordPress community, making it the best it can be. I’ll be working with Mel Choyce, who designed Twenty Seventeen, and Laurel Fulford, who will help me give the theme life. Sure, Mel has designed some of the most beautiful themes out there and Laurel can code up anything, but that’s not what has me the most excited.
What I love most about open source, and the WordPress community, is the people. All artful creations carry inspiration from other sources, and I believe you can’t create anything worthwhile alone. That’s why Twenty Seventeen needs all the help it can get from as many people as possible.
If you’ve ever wanted to find a way to contribute WordPress, to take part in something that millions of people will touch every day, now is the time. Drop a comment on this post if you want to help. Let’s do this!
It’s the most common question we get over at Automattic’s Theme Team: What We Look for in Themes? I put together a post on ThemeShaper to answer it and share what we look for in any theme on WordPress.com.
At Automattic this year, we’ve focused heavily on improving people’s experience using themes on WordPress.com. It’s one reason we introduced the TUX List, a set of theme user experience requirements. Putting these best practices into your themes on WordPress.org and elsewhere means anyone using them will have an easier time getting to what they really want to do: publish their site. Not fiddle with theme setup and options. Making themes easier is a job for everyone, so let’s keep working at it!
We moved into our new house in Greensboro about two weeks ago, and are settling in! We’re loving it, and the yard finally looks presentable today after some work mowing, trimming, raking and pulling weeds. We’ve also put a new roof on the addition, installed a new sub pump for better drainage and done some light plumbing and electrical fixes. Home ownership can be exhausting! 🙂
After the move into my new house, I finally got a standing desk. It’s something I’ve wanted for a long time, and I’m loving it so far. I opted for a Jarvis adjustable height desk with a bamboo top. I went with the rectangle model that’s 48 inches long so I could get two computer setups on it. 😀
Over the years I’ve come to realize that most difficult part of making websites isn’t the code, it’s the “hidden expectations”, the unseen aspects I didn’t know were my responsibility when I started: Accessibility, Security, Performance, and Empathy.