I don’t know why you say goodbye, I say hello

There’s no other way to say it; August 1st is my last day working at Automattic.

To my ex-Automatticians, thank you so much for the hospitality. You’re a great bunch, and I’m excited about what’s in the pipeline. It’s been an excellent almost-3 years, and it will only continue getting better.

To everyone else… don’t worry — I’m sticking around BuddyPress, bbPress, and Dotorg. I’ll still be speaking at WordCamps, teaching people about WordPress Development, and doing my best to influence positive thinking and change in the community where I’m able.

Anyone looking for the scoop, there isn’t one. No drama, no hard feelings, no ill-will — just time for me to double-down on what I’m most passionate about, and that’s BuddyPress, bbPress, Multi-network, and a few other ideas that have been floating around my imagination for a while.

Overall… I’ve learned some, loved some, lost some, and am extremely stoked about the future, which I’ll post more about in the coming days.



I help build WordPress, BuddyPress, bbPress, Easy Digital Downloads, Sugar Calendar, and a bunch of other super-neat stuff.

27 Replies

  1. Love your work, @JJJ! Wish you the best in your doubling-down efforts, hope to see you at a WordCamp soon 🙂

  2. We’ll all be watching to see what’s next. No matter what, you deserve the very best! Good luck!

  3. Absolutely great to meet you at WCSF and put a face with your Twitter handle. 🙂 Enjoyed your talk and wish you the best in your new adventures!

  4. Good luck for the future John! I’m glad you’ll still be contributing to bbPress and BuddyPress!

    Great to meet you at WordCamp San Francisco!

  5. One of my favorite a8c stories is how you were the first Automattician I met in real life. You were unbelievably kind and super rad. I know whatever you do will be awesome. 🙂

  6. For some reason “closing time” comes to mind, here’s to a new beginning 🙂

  7. @jjj, John…you’ve taught me so much, you’re so kind and I can’t wait to see all the ‘positive’ you’ll influence! I wish you ALL the best and am excited with you. (have to admit my first thought was ‘What about BuddyPress!’ Glad you’re sticking around…BuddyPress wouldn’t be the same without you 🙂

  8. Really enjoyed meeting you at WCSF and putting a face to your Twitter handle. 🙂 Best of luck in your new adventures!

  9. Congrats & good luck JJJ!

    Don’t hesitate to reach out to the community if you need us on your new journey! 🙂

  10. John,
    Congrats on the new gig!

    Also, I want to say, “Thanks!” once again for helping to make BuddyCamp Minneapolis totally awesome. It was a sincere pleasure meeting you in person at both Overnight Website Challenge and BuddyCamp, and I hope that our paths cross again!


    p.s. Say, “Hello” to Ansel Cryns: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GjtdzWIWnU

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