Today marks the first anniversary of my joining Automattic full-time. It’s been one year of working alongside those who Matt calls “the best people in the world.” (You can read my thoughts on that first day here.) It’s amazing to me that it’s been that long—it feels like just yesterday I was going through training and learning the basics of how to work behind-the-scenes on I suppose time really does fly when you are having fun.

In the last year, I have travelled to the same location as and met my fellow Automatticians five times: once to San Francisco upon first starting, once to Austin for SXSW, a second time to SF for WordCamp San Francisco, once to Lisbon, Portugal to meet with my fellow Happiness Engineers, and once to Seaside, Florida for my first company-wide meetup. I’ve replied to support requests from users over 18,000 times. I’ve worked daily with a team of people dedicated to making the blogging experience of millions better—people I call colleagues and friends.

I love what I do, I love the way we work, and I love the people I get to share the experience with. It’s my belief that none of us could do this thing without the rest of us. I’m part of a team and a family and I hope to be working as part of that team for a long time to come. We work hard, we take what we do seriously, yet we also know how to have fun and enjoy the ride.

I may brag about it a bit too much, but I count myself as fortunate to have the opportunity to get paid for doing something I love to do.

To celebrate the occasion, Amanda made me this completely awesome cake, which I know was pictured above, but I love it so much I want to post the full picture again here:

I know it’s somewhat conceited, but I think this is one of the finest cakes my wife has yet made, and it made me feel pretty special. She’s been supportive of this venture of mine the whole way, from the first day I talked about applying, through my working two jobs while I learned the Automattic ropes, to today, and I couldn’t do what I do without her. Thanks, wife of mine!

Here’s to the next year.

11 comments on “Automattiversary

  1. Shayne says:

    Congrats man!

  2. Matt says:

    Most importantly, it’s not a fauxgo. 😉 Here’s to many more years…

  3. The first of many! Happy to have you on the team Ryan. 🙂

  4. says:

    Chocolate cake. Ryan. WordPress. Win.

  5. Dan says:

    Congrats! Looks tasty.

  6. Lloyd Budd says:

    Wow, that logo is perfection! I expect that took some time.

    Did you really cut into it?

  7. Kim says:

    Hey, great to hear from someone within. I have no doubt every single line is true. We all love WordPress! Greatest thing that happened to the CMS community in 10 years.

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  9. JB Powers says:

    Congratulations, Ryan! Your fine work means a lot to us newbies out here.

  10. […] The photo of the WordPress cake above belongs to Ryan Markel. […]

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