Day one

One of the perks that Automattic offers every five years is a three-month paid sabbatical leave. I am starting mine today; I think I haven’t been off for three months in a row since elementary school.

As the lead of WordCamp Europe 2017 that just took place in Paris, of the Spectrum Division at Automattic, and of the .blog project, the last few months have been really intense.

I am not sure what to expect from twelve weeks disconnected from my work and my colleagues, but I kicked it off by sleeping 15 hours in a row last night…

The only things I know for sure are that when the workload is high, two things I miss are reading, and blogging. I’ll try to do as much as I can of each, and of all the other things that usually get postponed when the time is scarce.

By Paolo Belcastro

As a true European nomad, and after Italy, France, and Switzerland, Paolo currently lives in Vienna, from where he leads the Spectrum Division for Automattic and the WordCamp Europe 2017 crew. When not thinking about WordPress, he is usually absorbed by his other passion, photography. Paolo lives online at

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