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.



27 responses to “I don’t know why you say goodbye, I say hello”

  1. Chris Van Patten Avatar
    Chris Van Patten

    Congrats sir! I can’t wait to see what’s in store for you.

  2. Happy trails. <3

  3. Congrats JJJ! Good luck chasing your dreams! See you at the next WP Meet Up for a pre-game drink and meal!

  4. Love your work, @JJJ! Wish you the best in your doubling-down efforts, hope to see you at a WordCamp soon ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Glad to hear you’re sticking around the BB’s, JJJ – – I won’t lie – I’m kinda interested to see what’s next for you and your imagination. Rumor has it I’ll be seeing you on GR!

  6. chrislema Avatar

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

  7. Congrats buddy.

    I know you’ll do great things and I’m super excited to see you follow your passion 100%!

  8. Absolutely great to meet you at WCSF and put a face with your Twitter handle. ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoyed your talk and wish you the best in your new adventures!

  9. Congrats buddy.

    I’m super excited for you and to see you follow your passion 100%! All the best…

  10. 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!

  11. Good lucky with your future plans, glad to hear it still involves BuddyPress & bbPress!

  12. 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Sadness! I was stoked to become your coworker. Good luck on the new endeavor

  14. matthusby Avatar

    For some reason “closing time” comes to mind, here’s to a new beginning ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. @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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. You are a genius at whatever you do! Follow your dreams <3

  17. Really enjoyed meeting you at WCSF and putting a face to your Twitter handle. ๐Ÿ™‚ Best of luck in your new adventures!

  18. Congrats & good luck JJJ!

    Don’t hesitate to reach out to the community if you need us on your new journey! ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. It’s been a real pleasure working with you and learning from you, JJJ. Thank you for the moments of teaching that you’re always so willing to give to others.

  20. I guess you’ll just have to be the Master of Alliteration for WordPress. Best of luck j-trip; don’t stop being awesome. <3

  21. We are going to make those BuddyPress screen shots happen – ping me and let’s do it!

  22. #dramapress

    Can’t wait to see what you’re up to in the future.

  23. Hello! ๐Ÿ˜€

  24. Jtrip. you rock. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  27. 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