Michael Cain and I decided to do a Cain & Obenland special at lat year’s Automattic Grand Meetup. The Grand Meetup is a one-week retreat where all of Automattic gets together and works on projects, takes classes, and hangs out together. Everyone is required to give a 4-minute flash talk, and we were able to convince Gary Pendergast to give up his slot and be the guest for that episode, giving us a total of 12 minutes for our show.
Part 1 is our news section, tailored to Automattic.
Part 2 is the interview, featuring a video of Automatticians who didn’t want to be on the show.
Part 3 is a Best of Cain & Obenland, with highlights form the shows at WordCamps Atlanta and Orange County. We spoke in the Grand Ballroom of the hotel, so in the beginning of the video we ran from the back of the room on stage, high-fiving the audience on our way, which is also why I’m so out of breath.
Together with fellow Automatticians Marjorie Asturias, Brandon Kraft, and Aaron Douglas, I was invited to a panel Q&A at WordCamp San Antonio.
I’m currently in Austin, TX for the inaugural team meetup of Apollo, the WordPress.org-focused team that I switched to when was created a few months ago. After five days of discussions, planning, and working on code, we took some time off today and went indoor skydiving.
It was a lot of fun, and surprisingly much less dangerous than jumping out of a flying airplane! It was exciting to be able to build on my Park City, UT experience and improve my body control in a way that I was almost able to steer myself.
Automattic’s job page says that you should expect to travel four to five weeks out of the year, if you join us. That’s actually a really good rule of thumb. Of course it varies from person to person, but with meetups alone you’re looking at a minimum of three weeks. I ended up spending a bit more time on the road, so I thought I should write a short recap.
In 2013 I traveled about 79,000 miles which—not being used to that much travel—felt like a lot. So going into the new year, I planned on reducing it a little, only going to meetups and local WordCamps. That was not what happened however.
At Automattic’s Grand Meetup, one of the activities offered was Skydiving. It felt like the perfect opportunity to do something completely outside of my comfort zone, so I signed up! And who would have known, I ended up enjoying it a lot more than anticipated! Please excuse my language after landing.