Senior Software Engineer
What’s your average day like?
First thing I do is spend 15 minutes to an hour skimming my RSS feeds for the latest technology news. Sometimes I'll come across something that's very relevant to what I'm working on at Blurb, like a new CSS technique or development tool, so I prioritize these articles. Other times it's just an inspirational blog post (like the ones I read from The Pastry Box Project).
I then focus on my tasks and stories for the current sprint. I do a lot of code review at Blurb using GitHub—this gives us an opportunity to review someone else's work and provide constructive feedback. It not only helps us maintain a high-quality codebase, but it's also a great learning tool. It gives me a chance to see how someone else might achieve a task—we each have unique approaches as coders.
When I worked out of the San Francisco office, lunch was always something I looked forward to. There are so many amazing restaurants near our office, so a few of us would get together every week to try them out. And of course on Wednesdays we have catered lunch. This is always fun as I usually get to chat with someone in a different department.
If you could describe working at Blurb in three words, what would they be?
Challenging. Flexible. Diverse.
How do you describe your job at Blurb to other people?
I'm a UI-focused Software Engineer at Blurb, an on-demand publishing platform where we help people make both print and digital books.
What technologies, processes, and techniques do you get to use?
Tell us about your own Blurb books.
Every year my husband and I celebrate our anniversary with a book that nicely summarizes the year for us. It's a photo book of all our adventures.
Senior Content Manager
How did you hear of Blurb?
I have an unusual background. I started out in bookstores, then got into traditional publishing (doing book production for a couple of New York houses), and eventually moved into web content wrangling in Silicon Valley. A few years back, I was looking for a way to combine all of that: My deep love of books, my skills with the web, the adrenaline rush of a young tech company, and the satisfaction of working with (and for) truly creative people. When I saw a job listing for Blurb, all the bells started ringing. I knew I just had to work here. I never looked back.
What’s your average day like?
Blurb is a fast-growing company, so we're always busy. Each day is different, with multiple projects in various stages of development. I might be talking to the engineers one minute, writing copy the next, and defining strategy for our content management system after lunch. But there's also a lot of camaraderie around the office, so there's always time for a cup of coffee or the latest funny cat .gif. And I'm able to maintain a healthy balance between work and my personal life.
Have you made a book? What’s it about?
I've made a lot of books. As an employee, I try to make at least one of everything we offer. I've written a pulp-style adventure novel, spent months crafting huge, artsy photo books, and thrown together a pile of Instagram pictures in an evening. My favorite (besides the novel) is a coffee-table book of animal portraits, compiled from six months of visits to the San Francisco Zoo.
What do you like to do when you’re not working?
I'm really into street photography (a hobby I acquired through looking at all the books at Blurb!), and I'm making progress on the sequel to my novel. I've also hosted a weekly jazz radio show for the past 15 years, so I spend a lot of time listening to new music.