When you’re Brave, Intelligent, Tenacious, Creative and Honest woman, people call you a B.I.T.C.H. no matter what field you’re in. Thankfully I’ve been lucky enough to work in technology, where that attitude and driven passion is cultivated. I worked in IT for almost 15 years, slaving away a nameless financial corporation, and self-trained myself in programming, web security, troubleshooting, and anything they threw at me.
In August 2012, I quit working at The Bank to work for DreamHost as their WordPress Support Specialist & Manager. If you have wild and crazy WordPress woes at DreamHost, you probably had me poking at things from the back end already. I take more pride in my WP volunteerism and my work at DreamHost than I did my old job.
On Half-Elf on Tech, I blog about technology. Often that means WordPress, but also server stuff, personal computers, cell phones, and pretty much anything that is remotely related. On my personal site, Ipstenu.Org, I talk about everything else. If you want to see my very sporadic pictures, check out Elf Shot Photos.
Half-Elf Support Rogue
From the arcade game Gauntlet comes the phrase ‘Elf needs food badly!’ I remember fondly playing that game after school at the local 7-11, while my friends got slushies. For years I’ve used that quip and it’s variants when talking to friends, online or off. One day I made a joke about being a Half-Elf Support Rogue. Someone made my forum title on WordPress that. It stuck.
Tabatha Coffey, reality TV star (from the weirdest show, Sheer Genius, but later her own Tabatha Takes Over), said:
I am a bitch, or so many people have told me in numerous situations throughout my life, situations in which I told people what I was really thinking and feeling, didn’t back down from a position, stood up for what I believed in, had standards, held people accountable, or simply believed in myself and lived my life.
She decided to take back the word. BITCH stands for Brave, Intelligent, Tenacious, Creative and Honest. And that describes me perfectly. While we can’t take all words back, we can take this one.
I like it and use it. Currently, I’m a
• volunteer forum moderator
• plugin referee
• core contributor
• make/support lead
Which is all a fancy way of saying in my free time, I help people and fix things. I don’t work for Automattic, WordPress, or any of their ‘official’ companies, though, so don’t get excited. Up until I started at DreamHost, the only money I made off WordPress was my ebooks and the occasional donation. Funny, isn’t it?