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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 ~

  • WordPress 5.4 is here!!

    WordPress 5.4 is here!!

    Hi all! This week’s big news… WordPress 5.4 is here!! In my mind, this is a major release that brings many cool and necessary updates to the core WordPress software. Sites created on WordPress.com have had their core softare updated already. And those with self-hosted configurations should see an update notification within wp-admin. So, here […]

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  • WordPress.com Workshop for Website Builders

    WordPress.com Workshop for Website Builders

    Hi all! Today, I wanted to share an upcoming virtual workshop WordPress.com is hosting over Zoom for website builders. Workshop Title: How to Build an Impressive Website: Secrets from Web Design Pros (Workshop Signup Page) From the signup page: Thank you for your interest in our upcoming online WordPress.com workshop. We will be covering best […]

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  • Original Artwork (Spring 2020)

    Original Artwork (Spring 2020)

    In my last post, I introduced a silly piece of artwork I drew on a boiled egg. In this post, I wanted to introduce some of the recent pieces of artwork my wife has made and placed around our house. My wife likes to try different forms of art, and usually replaces these pieces seasonally. […]

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  • Boiled Egg Drawings – 1

    Boiled Egg Drawings – 1

    This is just a short post about a silly little art project I worked on… My wife likes to draw faces on boiled eggs before putting them back in the fridge. This is so we know which are boiled and which are still raw. This time, I decided to draw on the eggs for her. […]

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  • Coronavirus and Appreciating Small Things in Life

    Coronavirus and Appreciating Small Things in Life

    It was announced that the hundred case of the coronavirus was confirmed in Hokkaido, Japan, this week. We have had three deaths so far, just in this prefecture. Local schools will be shut down to the end of the month now, and the Japanese government is preparing to announce a state of emergency tomorrow. The […]

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  • Thank you to 100 Followers!

    Thank you to 100 Followers!

    Two months have passed in 2020, a lot has happened this year already. Life in Japan has been hit hard by the coronavirus, with now over 1,000 cases reported in the country. All schools are currently closed. Grocery stores are starting to show empty shelves as people are stock purchasing particular items. Public events are […]

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