Bird of Prey (on our Balcony)

In Cape Town we don't have lions walking in the street (contrary to popular Western belief), but we do get so see some amazing wildlife. This morning this bird of prey caused some excitement among the birds that often frequent our balcony. This male rock kestrel flew against our lounge window twice while trying to hunt [...]

Halloween Housewarming (in Mouille Point)

Kim and I moved in October, and with me going to the States a short while later (and having access to loads of merch), we thought doing a Halloween themed housewarming would be a great idea, especially since neither of us had ever been to a Halloween party. We had loads of fun!

Night Photography (Park City, UT)

During the last Grand Meetup with our company, Automattic, my colleague Marcus Kazmierczak gave a workshop on night photography. Having never done this, I was excited to join in. Here are the results of my first attempt at this type of photography.

My WooNiversary: One Year at WooThemes

Today I'm starting my second year at WooThemes. What a crazy, but awesome year it has been. Let me walk you through some (selected) highlights and challenges; it's no surprise that those often are very related. Remote FTW Though I've never had fixed hours with any of my previous jobs, working remotely definitely adds another [...]

Why I Use Mailbox App for Work

I've changed mail clients quite a few times in my life. From using Outlook when i was still on Windows to Mail on Mac and have trialled AirMail 2, Outlook for Mac, Inky, Postbox, and Unibox. After comparing pros and cons again while changing to my Automattic mail, I've reviewed all of them again and [...]

Purpose-Driven Website: Workshop WordCamp Cape Town 2015

Today I went to my third WordCamp Cape Town. Two years ago I had never guessed that I would be working for WooThemes and Automattic as I am today and it was my absolute pleasure to share some of the basics of web design and structures to new and beginning users. In sum these are things [...]

The Importance of Reading Scripture in Community

Our church is Cape Town is running an Alpha Course. While these materials are great of exploring Christianity with interested people, the materials also have their shortcomings. One that stood out for me so far was the lack of community-focus when talking about Scripture. Today the ideal way to read the Bible is considered to be [...]

Why I Loved Doing Live-Chat at Automattic

Everyone who joins Automattic starts with a three-week support rotation on WordPress.com. Including everyone at WooThemes now that our company has joined the team. The past three weeks I was on rotation. I could talk a lot about why I think this initial rotation (that is repeated annually) is great, but in this post, I [...]

Happiness Engineers.

At the moment I'm doing a three week support rotation at Automattic. Sometimes it can be very challenging, but having great and encouraging users make up for all the hardship. Helping Per with his website was an absolute pleasure, and made this happiness engineer, well ... happy.

Austria, Slovakia, Belgium, Germany & Portugal

In May and June, we went to Europe, originally for just the WordCamp in Cologne, but we combined it with Kim doing research in Vienna, a short trip to Bratislava, visits to friends and family in Belgium, and a holiday in Estoril and Lisbon to celebrate our birthdays.

From Reaction to Proaction

At CMS Africa (the Summit in Nairobi, Kenya), I spoke on taking back the initiative in customer support. Often companies tend to wait until the customer points out a bug, a challenge, or an issue. By proactively training and educating customers, and doing thorough testing you can have better educated and happier customers. Here are my [...]

Smart Themes Settings & WP Customiser

As I've shared a few times before, I am not a developer. But that doesn't mean that I do not enjoy building websites; it means that I am limited to the options that themes and plugins have built-in. I am not able to do a lot of customisations (play with the code). I've set up [...]

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