Who wants to be a Happiness Engineer?

Who would want to be a millionaire when you could be a Happiness Engineer? If you know me at all, you know I love my job. A lot of you have asked how you can work here, too, or whether there’s a college class you can take. Here’s my answer:

Happiness Engineers need intuition, critical thinking, a sense of community, a dose of creativity, and some solid self-discipline. Above all, they need the ability to communicate effectively.

They also need to know WordPress!

So if you want to learn WordPress.com well enough to apply, while demonstrating those qualities we seek, here are a few things you can try:

1. Go to http://learn.wordpress.com and spend some time working through those steps. Then start writing. Write the things you care about; write responses to Plinky. But write about your WordPress experience, too. What’s working for you? What doesn’t, and how do you work through it?

2. Go to http://en.support.wordpress.com . Do a little exploring; try some new things. Be creative. Demonstrate that intuition. And again, if you find something that doesn’t work as you expect it to, how do you go about finding solutions?

3. Connect with other WordPress.com users. If you’ve followed through the learn.wordpress.com tutorials, you’re already doing this to some extent. What questions do other users have? How would you answer them?

Then apply early, and apply often. If at first you don’t succeed but you still want to be an Automattician, find that room for improvement, then try again. I did, and I wouldn’t do it any other way.

Workplace Bullies

When people find out I quit, their jaws drop. They know I loved my job and needed to stay there, so I find myself at a loss to explain why I did what I did. I have even asked myself why I couldn’t hang in there.

But tonight I was surfing the web with my brother and we happened to run into a site that described my situation to a T. Now it’s MY jaw that’s dropped. Curious? Check it out.

It’s really late now but I’m looking forward to reading more tomorrow, and hopefully finding solutions in case I run into this in the future…

Picking up the pieces

On August 6th I’d had enough of being sabotaged by my team at work. This had been going on for months. I’d tried to work around it, talked to the offender, talked to management… you name it. Most of the team problems stemmed from one passive-aggressive coworker, but when my boss, a friend of this coworker, started to develop the same attitude, I resigned.

Prior to that we’d been planning to build a house, a nice one we could live in at a nice price, or turn around and sell for profit. We’d even moved in with parents to save more down payment faster. Now we can’t build the house AND we’re living jobless with my parents. And I’m looking for the silver lining…

Pay no attention to the man behind that curtain!

Do you ever get the feeling that some people like to make themselves appear smarter-than-thou, mystical, untouchable, scary… you name it… Well, I get that vibe sometimes and haven’t been sure what to do with it: I ask a simple question and get a “Do not arouse the wrath of the Great and Powerful Oz!” type of answer back.

Complete with fists pounded on the desk.

I’ve finally recognized it as a desperate (and all-too-often successful) attempt to intimidate me. I don’t know how I missed that before. But I need to find a way around the meanness and intimidation, because just like our Kansas heroes, this wizard and I have a common goal to accomplish together, whether we like it or not.

In the meantime, enjoy a quote from the movie script, which is laughably similar to the conversations I’ve had:

“If you were really great and powerful, you’d keep your promises!”

“Do you presume to criticize the Great Oz? You ungrateful creatures! Think yourselves lucky that I’m giving you audience tomorrow, instead of twenty years from now. Oh — oh oh! The Great Oz has spoken!”

What a world…

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