A question that most people encounter at some point in their lives is: “What do you do?” But what does this question mean? What should it mean?
In the Work category I post about my experiences with work, both in and out of having a job. I currently work for Campaign Monitor. I previously worked for a small company called The Working Party, and as a front-end developer for Freelancer.com and hipages Group. In the past I worked at an education centre for four years, as a graphic designer and web designer in small jobs, and as a freelancer doing blog design commissions.
I spent Friday in Perth at Mixin Conf. I had such a great time listening to all the speakers and chatting to people in the community. I also got to meet some of the people from the Mixin team who were actually pretty stoked to have someone visiting from Sydney and also be so pumped about the conference. 😄
Read my recount of the day and my summaries of all the talks!
Bullying and discrimination in the workplace are not OK. This is a tale recounting some related experiences in my career, and the types of behaviour that should not be present in a working environment. If you have experienced anything similar, speak up. I would love to hear your stories as well.
Remember that time two months ago when I was ill?
Here we go again.
I went to San Diego for a work trip last week, where we had conferences for two days straight. I was only there for about three whole days, but dealing with the jet lag as well as keeping up with the conferences was a little too much for me to handle, and now I’m not feeling very good at all.
Some time ago, I tweeted about an uncomfortable incident that occurred while I was walking to the train station from my office one afternoon. My feelings after this incident were in stark contrast with my feelings upon returning to my office the next morning. These are my thoughts on workplace ‘safety’.
Today I’m sharing a video of a talk I presented twice recently, once at Girl Geek Sydney and another time for one of Campaign Monitor’s lunch time #BreadTalks (which is when the video was recorded – there was a hiccup, which is why it cuts at the beginning).
This talk is about pursuing what you want to do, as I tell my story of how I lived out all of my childhood dreams despite everyone telling me not to, and how I came to be a web developer today.
I would love to hear what you think. I don’t really like my recorded voice, it makes me sound really brash, and my voice isn’t really like that. Read through for the video, slides, a transcript, and a bit about why I did this talk.
Why are we afraid of public speaking? I recap my recent experience of public speaking after not having spoken in front of an audience for three years.
‘I love this place,’ I said to Nick a couple of months ago, while we were at a SydCSS meetup held at Campaign Monitor.
I was listening to the speakers and loved what they had to say, although a tiny part of me burst with the affinity I had for this company. I had used their product, I liked what the company did, I loved emails – from writing them, to replying to them, to having a clean inbox, to being interested in marketing, to building the damn things (the emails, that is).
But like falling in love, hilariously enough, you don’t realise it until it’s so close and that someone, or something, ticks all the boxes.
I’m in a position now where I have an online presence that is closely linked – if not daisy-chained, ha! – with my real life duties. It’s been like that for a while. I’ve been blogging for twelve years, as I mentioned in my previous post. Issues of censorship are no longer issues, and reading articles titled ‘Why You Should Not Blog About Work’ unsettle me – if not for their content, then for the reason they were written.
In the last couple of weeks at my previous job, my friend Andrias pointed out that I was invincible and could do anything I wanted because I was in ‘god mode’. It was common to see that anyone leaving the company was pretty much doing anything they wanted and getting away with doing less work as they wrapped things up.
God mode is hilarious. It takes me back to throwing cheats in Duke Nukem 3D back when I couldn’t be bothered going through and killing all the monster in a level. It takes me back to that particular level that was in Arizona or some kind of rock-desert area and it was just a massive maze of earthy rock, and the only way I could get to the other side was to go through the rock.
I forgot what the cheat was called, but basically, ‘go through walls’ was all I needed, and thank cows that there was a cheat for that.