Live from NAB!

Working for Automattic, every so often, we get the opportunity to help out at conferences and events around the nation (and world). For the past few years, WordPress.com has been a sponsor of New Media Expo (NMX), a conference for bloggers and podcasters in Las Vegas, Nevada. This year, however, is the first year that NMX is a part of NAB.

I, along with my coworkers, Rebecca, Nick G., Jon, Brooke, Nick H., Daniel, and Dustin are the lucky Automatticians that are staffing the WordPress.com booth this year.


With over 100k people in attendance, the first 2 days (today is day 3) were very exciting. It’s been great meeting WordPress users from all areas. I’ve had the pleasure of working the Happiness Bar and answering user questions about their blogs and getting set up.

One of the most exciting moments for me has been when I helped a user to start a site on the spot. This particular user came up to our booth and explained a bit about himself and said he didn’t have a website. He was a graphic novelist and producer and has been very active on social media. We got him set up with a website for him to put all of his projects so that his fans and future coworkers could find him and see what he’s been up to. It was exciting to show him how fast and easy it is to set up a website. He left here happy and looking forward to further building his site.

It is events like these, where we get to interact with the users face-to-face that really make me love my job. Having someone you’ve never met, just come up and say, “I love WordPress!” really brings a smile to my face.

If you’re here at NAB, please stop by our booth! We are in the North Hall and we’re here to say hello and answer any questions you have.

 

Live from NAB!

In Memory Of…

March 28 marked seven years since my grandmother passed away. Seven. 

It seems like yesterday that she was here cussing like a sailor and making me laugh. Not a day goes by that I don’t miss her. 

My grandma raised me from the age of 5 (along with my grandpa) and they became just like my parents. They were there for all of my good and not-so-good moments growing up. 

When I think back about them, I have lots of fond memories. One that stands out is my grandmas trips to Las Vegas. Boy, oh boy, did she love to gamble. 

I can remember going with grandpa one time to pick her up from the airport-I had to be around 6 years old. We had to go down an escalator to get to the area to meet her. Grandpa, not thinking anything of it, stepped on the escalator and started going down-expecting me to follow suit. Except no! I was afraid! I started crying for him. How funny did he look running UP the DOWN escalator? :)

Then when we would get home from the airport, I would sit next to grandmas suitcase-because I knew that inside there were surprises for me. You see, I was spoiled. Every time she went-and she went quite a few times-she would always bring me back souvenirs. It was nice, looking back, that she was always thinking of me. 

For my 19th birthday, grandma took me to Casino Windsor in Canada. The legal gambling age is 19 and she wanted to take me to my first casino. Grandpa gave me $50 as a birthday present to take with me and what do you know? I won $275! Talk about beginners luck! (I have not had such a big win since…)

However, grandma had a special place in her heart for Las Vegas and she told me that for my 21st birthday we were going to go together. 

My 21st birthday came, but I was busy with finals in my senior year of college. So the plans had to be pushed back. Maybe next year for birthday number 22? 

My birthday is April 26. Grandma died March 28 the next year. Our trip to Vegas had to be put on hold for a much longer time. 

When grandma died, we scattered her ashes in the backyard of our old house (aunt nancy took some to Colorado too). I had a different plan. I saved a small amount of grandmas ashes and made a promise-we we’re going to get our trip to Vegas. 

Now, seven years later, I still haven’t been to Las Vegas. But that is about to change. I got the opportunity through work to attend NMX, a conference in Las Vegas from April 13-16. 

Grandma and I are finally going to make the trip together! I plan to bring her along in my suitcase and have a blast. Her casino was the Flamingo and if you pay close attention you may see grandma sitting at one of the slot machines. Looking forward to our trip, finally. 

Love you grandma… 

 

In Memory Of…

WordCamp Dayton

wordcamp-dayton-squareToday I’m leaving to go to WordCamp Dayton! I hope to see a lot of you at the WC! If you are in the Michigan/Ohio area and want to learn more about WordPress, I encourage you to come to WordCamp where you can get to know more people in the WordPress community and learn some new tricks of the trade (maybe even share something you know!)

For more information about the event, visit the website!

http://dayton.wordcamp.org/2015/

Hope to see you there!

WordCamp Dayton

WordCamp Dayton

wordcamp-dayton-squareToday I’m leaving to go to WordCamp Dayton! I hope to see a lot of you at the WC! If you are in the Michigan/Ohio area and want to learn more about WordPress, I encourage you to come to WordCamp where you can get to know more people in the WordPress community and learn some new tricks of the trade (maybe even share something you know!)

For more information about the event, visit the website!

http://dayton.wordcamp.org/2015/

Hope to see you there!

WordCamp Dayton