Tips for reading non-fiction

I don't like reading non-fiction.There, I said it. It's out in the open now.The thing is, there are so many valuable insights available through reading non-fiction - I can't ignore a huge swath of potential knowledge. So instead of avoiding it, I've been investigating different approaches to be more likely to finish reading non-fiction books... Continue Reading →

A day in the life of a Happiness Engineer, October 2017 edition

I'm a Happiness Engineer on the WooCommerce Orion team, and have been working at Automattic for 18 months now. I'm doing a six month 50% rotation on Happiness Hiring; the rotation is from June until the end of December. That means I still do 50% support on WooCommerce, then handle applications, interviewing, and working with trials during the other 50% of my time.

When good manners and equality clash

I've never thought very much about all of the different angles around the concept of men opening doors for women. I mentally shrugged my shoulders, thanked people when they held the door for me, held the door for others and went on with my life. Sweden is very much into gender-equality, so it hasn't come up. After a few days of having multiple men hold the door for me as a polite gesture, I'm surprised at just how surprised and startled I am by it.

A (semi) typical work day for me, February 2017 edition

As a WooCommerce Happiness Engineer at Automattic, I spend some of my time directly helping customers. I also get to travel quite a bit, to different conferences and to meet my colleagues all over the world. I'll focus on a day at home (just outside of Stockholm, Sweden), because the other days are anything but typical.

The experience of switching to Colemak

When I joined Automattic, I found that using different keyboard layouts like Dvorak and Colemak are common and encouraged - as are most things that will help you be more efficient.The idea is that if you spend so much of your day at your computer, you might as well be efficient at input. The idea seemed neat, so why not?

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