It’s been a year plus oneĀ day since I graduated from the University of Wisconsin, which means I’ve been working at Automattic for exactly a year.

In the past year, I’ve seen whales in Boston, palm treesĀ in Santa Cruz, dolphins in Key West, and a sun rise in Napa.

I’ve also had the chance to work with the best people, coolest clients, and interesting projects I could have hoped for in my first year out of school. I interned at Automattic the summer before myĀ final year of school.Ā I wanted to work here for a long time before that, but after meeting the people I would work with, IĀ didn’t want to work anywhere else. I’m proud of the work we do, contributing to theĀ WordPress community, our open source code, but it’s the people that really make it a greatĀ company.

I’ve been able to do all of this without moving away from my friends, family, and the best place in the world that’s buried by snow for 5 months every year.

This weekend at the 2014 UW graduation, I was reminded how I felt a year ago — proud of what I had accomplished and where I was going. We get better at what we do every day and I’m just as proud to work here today as I was then.

Also, we’re hiring. šŸ™‚