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B-san’s Blog

The work and life of a Community Education Manager in Japan

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Hi! I’m Ben, or B-san. I work at Automattic, as a Community Education Manager in the open-source WordPress project.

I’m a Christian, a husband, and a “father” to an adorable puppy Forte. I was born in Australia, but have lived pretty much my whole life in Japan.

This blog is a space where I share personal events happening in my life. My Treasure Box series is a collection of particularly special memories I’m keeping a record of so that I can come back and reflect on in future.

Thanks for stopping by!

~ Recent Posts ~

  • Working from a new café – Rain

    Working from a new café – Rain

    One of my favorite coworking cafés closed last month. It was sad, and my wife and I were talking about how we’ll miss the atmosphere there. Well, it turns out, the owner of the café hasn’t changed! They’ve reopened again, just under a new franchise – Rain. The owner updated the furniture a bit, but […]

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  • Online Workshop: Writing content with the 10 Text blocks

    Online Workshop: Writing content with the 10 Text blocks

    Online Workshops are an interactive learning session hosted by the WordPress Training team. These sessions take on many forms, including online webinars and live discussion groups. An online workshop is a safe zone where you can come as you are, develop new ideas, explore issues, ask questions, network over shared interests, exchange theories, collaborate on […]

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  • B-san’s Blog relaunched!!

    B-san’s Blog relaunched!!

    I am pleased to announce the update on my site has completed, and B-san’s Blog has been relaunched!! I am now ready to get back into the habit of posting regularly on my blog. (We’ll see how it goes…)

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  • Making a switch… or two ?

    Making a switch… or two ?

    In November 2018, I started this blog to document my reapplication to becoming a Happiness Engineer at Automattic. That second application was accepted, and in June 2019, I joined Automattic. Now, three years later, I am pleased to announce that I have switched roles within the company!

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  • New board game – Zoom in Kobe

    New board game – Zoom in Kobe

    A friend introduced the board game Zoom in Kobe to us this week. If you’ve ever been to Kobe, or you’re looking for a new board game that isn’t too competitive, than this game is for you!

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  • The Psychology of Money

    The Psychology of Money

    This book isn’t about investing, or specific tactics to get wealthy. Rather, it is a compilation of stories centered around general concepts regarding money that are universal to the majority of people living in the monetized economy. Each chapter is fairly short, and the author’s quick and direct delivery style kept me turning the pages.

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