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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 ~

  • Got More Than 5 Followers!!

    Got More Than 5 Followers!!

    Hip-hip-hurray! I just want to give a big thank you to everyone who has decided to follow my humble little blog. To be honest, I was expecting this small project of mine to remain hidden for a while longer. I have been pleasantly surprised at how people from all over the world have found me […]

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  • Working on the Japanese WordPress.com Forum

    Working on the Japanese WordPress.com Forum

    Hi again! I mentioned in my last post (Preparing My Post about My Application) how I have started volunteering on the Japanese WordPress.com forum, too. The experience is definitely different to the English forum, so I thought I would take some time to share what I have found so far. Difference in Post Numbers As […]

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  • Preparing My Post about My Application

    Preparing My Post about My Application

    I started writing a post on how I applied for the Happiness Engineer role, but I realised it was going to take me a few sessions to write it all out. I considered breaking it up into a few posts, but then those who would find my blog would have to search around to get […]

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  • Starting Out on the WordPress.com Forums

    Starting Out on the WordPress.com Forums

    In my last post, I talked about my first interaction with a Happiness Engineer (HE) from Automatic. (You can check out that post here: My Initial Contact with an HE) I will talk about my second contact with an HE and how it got me started thinking about working as one myself in a another post […]

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  • My Initial Contact with a Happiness Engineer

    My Initial Contact with a Happiness Engineer

    A few months ago, I applied to work at Automattic as a Happiness Engineer (HE). As I mentioned in a previous post (My Introduction), that didn’t work out. But not all hope was lost! And that is why I started this blog – to document my time until I apply again and share with you […]

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  • Tags and Categories

    Tags and Categories

    As my blog is a record of how I will learn and grow over the next few months before reapplying to Automattic, my posts are going to have a few themes. I plan on including… Documentation of my initial application experience. Explanation of skills and knowledge I acquire while blogging. Technical memos recording my activity […]

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