Woke up this morning and saw a tweet @ me while heading out to work.
— Ben Fox (@benjaminefox) November 1, 2016
I accepted a position at FlowPress a couple weeks ago. I start on November 7th and I’m crazy excited. My dream the past couple of years has been to work for a WordPress agency remote. My reasons:
- I love coding WordPress. But in every job I’ve had I’ve been in charge or tasked in some way with digital marketing, banners and graphics, fixing co-worker computers and in the smaller companies helping move desks and furniture around. I’m sick of this, I want to do what I’m good at and what I’m dedicated to.
- Why do all these jobs require me to come to an office? And why do I have to dress in a certain way? I sit in meetings that have nothing to do with me then I sit in my office and almost no one talks to me. The times people do they could easily just call, email, text or smoke signal. There is NO reason for me to drive some where every day. Over the past three years I’ve been driving anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes each way to go sit in an office for no reason.
I work best when there’s no frivolous B.S. I have to deal with like a commute or dumb meetings about new rules surrounding the use of the office kitchen or what items should be in gift bags at a fund raising event… yes, these are actual meetings I’ve had at previous jobs as the WEBMASTER.
I’ll be a developer/engineer at FlowPress working strictly with WordPress systems. This is my passion. I cannot wait to start and look forward to being part of that team and growing with the company.
I’ve been chatting it up on Slack and made it to a couple of stand up meetings already. I feel like I’m meshing well and will be a good fit. We may actually be flying up to Toronto to hang with the team in person mid December!
My start date was kind of floating. My wife was due November 14th to bring our son into the world. August Knight Flannagan decided to come three and a half weeks early and was born on October 21st at 8:51am.
While it was scary having a premature baby, he is completely healthy and so is momma. I’m overjoyed to have him in our home and it’s cool he and I have birthdays only three days apart.
My wife had to go back into the hospital for 24 hours the day after we got home due to high blood pressure. So I got to take care of him alone, overnight. I was a nervous wreck but stayed strong and capable and we had an uneventful day/night together.
Honestly, his timing was perfect. Now I’m able to start sooner with FlowPress. We got our regiment down at home and I’ll be able to focus 100% when I start on Monday.
I was worried. No one likes to start a new job with a bunch of unknowns being worked through at home. If he came right as I was beginning my work with FlowPress I’d have been pulled away every day or two for a doctor appointment or to spend 24 hours alone with him while my wife was in the hospital or while figuring out sleeping patterns and so on. The burden of dealing with that while starting this new venture is now gone!
So What’s Up
I’ll be dedicating myself to the new gig but keeping myself out there in the WordPress world as a contributor as well. You will still find me blogging here and at The WP Crowd and I’m gonna try to up my Twitter game a bit. I mean, I’ve been on there a year now, I should really start using it regularly.