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100 days of daily blogging

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Today is the 100th day in a row that I’ve published something on this blog!

I know, right? 🙂

I’ve been blogging with WordPress since about 2006, when I started my wine blog, Wine Scamp. Then I got pregnant and stopped blogging. Then I started again, and got pregnant again and stopped blogging. Except that’s also when I got a job working on the WordPress open source project full time. I was hired to help community organizers make great community events, and have had a blast working with amazing people at Automattic and throughout the WordPress community since 2011.

In late 2014, my friend and colleague Jen Mylo and I wanted to try organizing events for WordPress bloggers, since we saw a need in the community for events that brought together those who use the software (as opposed to those who build the software). We created the Press Publish conference brand/series (we really need to update that page; no new events are forthcoming right now) and organized two pilot events to try out our idea. It was an intense 3-4 months, but lots of fun too.

Organizing a conference for bloggers was very inspirational. I like expressive people. I’m expressive, and I like people who have something to say. I was originally inspired to work for Automattic because of the WordPress mission to democratize publishing, which in my mind means that we’re giving a platform, a megaphone, to anyone with a message. I might not agree with the message, but I do so love the idea of making sure everyone has a voice.

Talking to all these bloggers awakened my hunger to blog. That said, I’m a busy person! I have two kids under 7, a full-time job at Automattic and a husband who also works full-time for an architectural firm. I wanted to blog, but I didn’t know how I was going to fit all that lovely self-expression into my life. Or what I’d be saying. 🙂

That said, I posted to Facebook or Twitter nearly every day (mostly Facebook). Cute pictures of the kids, funny things they said, insights (complaints) about life as a full-time-working-for-an-employer mom of two in these modern times. So I figured: what if I just post all that stuff on my blog instead?

And here you see the results! 🙂 I use the WordPress iOS app every single day: to post, check my stats, approve comments (boy I love comments), see who’s “liking” my posts, etc. I will admit that my posts come out looking a wee bit funny on Facebook aand Twitter, but I will say that the actual experience of putting my thoughts, photos, and feelings out there is about the same whether someone is reading or not. Expressing myself has felt good for the past 100 days. I think I’ll go for 100 more!

Get the codpieces out of the attic: a blog recommendation

If you love Shakespeare and comics, you’ll love Zounds, Alack, and By My Troth. it wasn’t written by a coworker or friend, but it’s still very awesome. 

Blog recommendation: kingofstates.com

If you like funny feminists or New Jersey — or both — then run, don’t walk over to subscribe to my friend and co-worker Michelle Weber’s stupendous blog http://kingofstates.com/

She’s just so goddamned funny. I mean, really — how does someone learn to be so funny and write so, so well? And how did she become so courageous, too? And if I move to NJ and sit next to her a lot, will it rub off on me?

Here’s a very funny, angry feminist post if you like that sort of thing: http://kingofstates.com/2015/06/20/got-a-second-racist-white-dudes/

Here’s a frightfully brave post that made me cry, if you like that other sort of thing: http://kingofstates.com/2015/04/16/on-survival-and-enough/

Blog recommendation: elizabeth.place

If you’re interested in poetry, feminism, rabbits, and reading, you should subscribe to my friend and co-worker Elizabeth Urello’s blog: http://elizabeth.place/

Elizabeth lives in Albuquerque, reads voraciously, writes brilliantly, loves to travel, and makes me laugh frequently — to be clear, I’m laughing at her jokes, not at her. 😉 She’s got a pet rabbit named Thomasina. In parallel universe, I’m certain she’s a movie star. I love the stories she tells.

Here’s a video of Elizabeth reading a hilarious poem that she wrote (at a company event): http://elizabeth.place/2015/02/19/poem/

Blog recommendation: chris.ink

If you like reading/talking about philosophy, liberal politics, equality, and tech, then you should subscribe to my friend and co-worker Chris Rudzki’s blog: http://chris.ink/

His wit is very dry and wonderfully enjoyable, he worked on the Nader campaign in 2008, and he lives in Pittsburgh. He also used to work in a neuroscience lab. To sum up, he’s crazy-smart, very funny, and deeply thoughtful.

Here’s a fun post to get you started: http://chris.ink/2015/06/how-to-buy-a-toothbrush/

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