Communication to build a remote culture

A distributed workforce is the most effective way to build a company [] talent and intelligence are equally distributed around the world but opportunity is not. – Matt Mullenweg Founder and CEO of Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com WooCommerce, and Jetpack. At Automattic, we have over 800 employees living in over 67 countries. Some of…

Christmas Baking: Thanks for Making Weird Food, Mom

I’m doing a lot of low carb, paleo, grain-free cooking this Christmas and after a few false starts, I made what I think are some might tasty cinnamon rolls. This is not a food blog, so use your imagination to make that food look warm and delicious. The pan is half gone so that’s evidence…

Emojis and Gray Hair

I spend many hours a day communicating online. In a mostly text-based work environment that involves a lot of emoji use. In a given day I might: wave when someone says hi 👋 type a heart when someone does something I really love ❤️ send a hug if someone needs one 🤗 walk out the door at…

Working from the Road: Laundry Room Edition

I’ve been working from the road for about 5 weeks, and it can be a big challenge to find good spots, both for comfort and for internet access. Given that internet is a must for my work, comfort sometimes goes out the window. Normally I can work from my RV and I prefer that since…

How do *You* Cut a Watermelon?

Watermelons can be kind of a pain in the butt to cut. They are large, unwieldy, they roll around till you can get them cut in half. Well, have I got the kitchen tool for you! Behold: View this post on Instagram This is possibly the most ridiculous kitchen tool ever invented. A post shared…

Office in the Wilderness

A few weeks back, I took a day off to go camping with my family. I am pretty used to working on the road while traveling in my RV with my family, but it was my intention to be completely offline for this particular outing. I had one message to send to someone before I…

Heaven on a Plate

I’m in Singapore for a work trip and am really enjoying the food. The breakfast buffet at the hotel is fantastic with a stellar spread of amazing fruit every morning. The dragon fruit is underwhelming, to be frank, I expected it to be sweet and delicious but it’s bland and sort of boring. The waiter…