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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 ~

  • Books I Read in 2019

    Books I Read in 2019

    Last year, the majority of books I read were to do with my application to Automattic. This year, my goal is to expand the “I Read…” list in both quantity and book topics. The Bible (the new ???2017 version – in Japanese) Exceptional Service, Exceptional Profit; by Leonardo Inghilleri & Micah Solomon Delivering Happiness; by […]

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  • Happy New Year 2020!

    Happy New Year 2020!

    Hello everyone! And a happy new year to all! Looking Back at the Last Year 2019 was a year of change for me. A year ago today, I was looking for a job. I had made up my mind to re-apply to Automattic as a Happiness Engineer, but was still learning all I could before […]

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  • Treasure Box – 5 – Autumn Colours

    Treasure Box – 5 – Autumn Colours

    Autumn in Hokkaido is always beautiful. This year, my wife and I were able to drive out and see the Blue Pond for the first time. The water is naturally blue, as you can see in the pictures when comparing the colour of the sky and it’s reflection. It is actually “bluer” in the reflection! […]

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  • Treasure Box – 4 – Another Birthday

    Treasure Box – 4 – Another Birthday

    The last post I wrote in the Treasure Box series was about my wife’s birthday. And while a little time has elapsed, my own birthday came last month, too, so I wanted to share (and store) some memories from it. Actually, I lost most of my birthday this year. It was the day I was […]

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  • My First Grand Meetup

    My First Grand Meetup

    For the last two weeks, I have been visiting Orlando, Florida, attending Automattic’s annual Grand Meetup! (We all call it the GM.) This is the only time of the year when the whole company actually gets together in person. We spend a week doing a bunch of stuff! My schedule included… Meeting my team members […]

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  • Automattic Acquires Tumblr!!

    Automattic Acquires Tumblr!!

    Hi all! It’s been quite some time now since I last posted on my blog. Two months in on my new job and I’m absolutely loving it here. I’ve just about found a good balance each day with work, exercise, family time, personal time and church ministry and I definitely plan on getting my blogging […]

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