Website Content Manager
Sales and Marketing
Time in this Industry
I started using WordPress back in high school, and built up a bunch of related skills over the years – some coding, server maintenance, SSH, customizing plugins, etc. After college, I actually worked in the entertainment industry for a while. I spent a few years in New York working on a few Broadway shows and then moved to Las Vegas to work on a show there. At some point, I got burnt out and decided to take a long break. I ended up traveling around the world for a year or so and ended up in Japan. Long story short, I got married and then my wife got pregnant. At that point, I still didn’t have a full-time job because I was still technically on my “long break”. Since we were going to be parents, I decided to start looking for a “real job” instead of relying on freelance gigs. I ended up finding Kinsta and decided to apply for the support engineer role because I had experience with managing WordPress sites and servers. After two years in support, I transitioned to the marketing team, and I’ve been there ever since.
How has COVID had an effect?
I think COVID has had some sort of impact on every industry. For my industry (WordPress hosting), I think COVID resulted in a lot of people moving their businesses online, which resulted in a positive trend in terms of revenue. To be honest, it was a little surreal to see positive revenue charts while so many people were struggling financially due to the pandemic. Besides that, I don’t think there was much impact for me personally.
A Typical Day
I usually wake up around 6 AM and ride my bike for an hour or so. Around 7:30 AM, my wife and kid wake up and we have breakfast. After breakfast, I work until 12 PM and we have lunch. I usually stop working around 4 PM and spend the rest of the day hanging out, playing, etc. After dinner, I help my kid shower and get ready for bed. After that, I try to spend an hour or two on some side projects, but sometimes I just pass out from exhaustion.
I have an Autonomous AI standing desk that I don’t use in “standing mode” as much as I should. My computing setup for work includes a 16″ MacBook Pro with a 27″ external display. I usually do “active work” on the big screen, and have Slack open on the MacBook Pro during work hours. I also have an M1 Mac mini that I use for running bots and cron jobs for various things. I’m looking forward to ditching the 16″ MacBook Pro for an M1 model whenever that comes out. Since I do some audio/video stuff as well, I also have a microphone setup. Currently, I’m using the ElectroVoice RE-20 going into a Universal Audio Arrow interface. The Arrow is great because it supports real-time DSP processing so I can add effects to my voice without adding any latency. It’s very useful for getting good sound on live streams too.