Five Minutes with David Cole

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Every so often, we sit down with an Automattician to help you get to know the people who work behind the scenes to build new features, keep Automattic’s wheels turning, and make WordPress.com the best it can be. In this installment, we’re delighted to introduce you to husband, father, Happiness Engineer, sports fan, and Justice League of America superhero alumnus, David Cole.

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"There's always something that I can do to make a difference here, and I don't necessarily have to do the same thing. For instance, in any given week, I can help individual users, improve documentation, report bugs, train staff, and increase my own knowledge and skills." “There’s always something that I can do to make a difference here, and I don’t necessarily have to do the same thing. For instance, in any given week, I can help individual users, improve documentation, report bugs, train staff, and increase my own knowledge and skills.”

As a Happiness Engineer, everything I do revolves around helping others and making WordPress.com a better experience for us all. Since…

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Celebrate Poetry, All Month Long

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NaPoWriMo , or National Poetry Writing Month, is back!

NaPoWriMo is an annual project in which participants write a poem each day in April. It unfolds in the tradition of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month, held in November) and motivates, inspires, and engages poets of all levels, genres, and backgrounds.

While a poem a day is your ultimate goal, there’s really no “right” way to participate. Start today and keep at it, and experiment as you see fit. Focus entirely on sonnets, or experiment with free verse. Participate on your own, or collaborate with others. Publish on your blog, or experiment offline.

Ideas to get started

  • Publish poems each day, focusing on a different genre each week.
  • Handwrite poems in a journal, for your eyes only.
  • Start a collective with others, plan themes for April, and publish poems on your own blogs focused on these themes.
  • Create a new blog or group site specifically for this monthly challenge.

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