Category: Blogging

A day in the life of a Happiness Engineer

A day in the life of a Happiness Engineer

I need to find a new reason for blogging. See, I recently realised that I’m not blogging for the sake of the writing. I started blogging as an escape from studies, a career and a life that was going nowhere. I started blogging because I was unhappy, and being silly and meeting new people online helped me forget that. I started blogging as a distraction.

For that same reason I started volunteering in the WordPress.com forums, but quickly came to love it and, one day late in 2015, decided to make a career out of it. And that’s how I came to be a Happiness Engineer at Automattic.

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Happy Blogiversary to me

Two posts on one day! I know! But I could hardly let this pass without comment…

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These four years saw 432 posts published on if all else fails… (including this one) and 2,722 total comments, of which I wrote 451.

The site has had 38,505 views to date coming from 99 different countries.

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I got China. No one gets views from China, and I’ve had 7!

The best day was 20 September 2015 with 237 views. The most viewed post is When logic takes a leave of absence with a whopping 7,853 all time views – that post was the top search result in Google for over a week for searches on a certain math puzzle. The second most popular post is On Inappropriate Adjectives (or why you shouldn’t call babies “sexy”) with a paltry 1,546 views. (I feel even stronger about the topic addressed in that post now that I have my own little girl!)

The most commented post was On the day job with 46 total comments.

As of today if all else fails… has 539 followers and the Facebook page has 45.

And I’ve answered over 8,750 threads on the WordPress.com support forums (5,000 of those before I started getting paid to do it).

Looking back on it like this I realise it’s been a great 4 years blogging on WordPress.com. I’ve met some great people and made quite a few friends around the world. To all of you, thanks for joining me in this journey and making it worthwhile with your comments, your post likes, your encouragement when I posted about going through tough spots, and your sharing in my joy when I celebrated the good things in my life.

May the next four be even better!


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Remembering 2011

Today is the first day of spring, and exactly one year since I switched the design on my blog from Twenty-Eleven to Franklin. I thought I’d take a look back at how if all else fails… looked before the facelift, you know, for the sake of posterity.

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This look into the past brought to you by The Wayback Machine

 What was I thinking?

Really. I thought that was clever branding? Thank goodness my taste has developed over time.

Not that there’s anything wrong with Twenty-Eleven. I still think it’s one of the best and most versatile themes we have on WordPress.com, and I regularly recommend it to people. But I think I’ll be sticking with Franklin for a while 🙂

2015 in review

And it’s that time of the year again where blogs across WordPress.com are invaded by fireworks.

I’ll forgive you if you skip this – I hardly expect you to obsess over my stats – but I’m posting it here for easy reference for my own sake.

Short version: total views are up, in spite of number of posts being less than half of last year. The number of countries visited has also gone up, and the map on my stats page had several new spots filled in this year.

Thanks to all of you who kept reading, sharing and commenting. I hope you’ll keep doing that in 2016. Blogging isn’t any fun if you do it in isolation, after all 🙂

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 13,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.