Top 9 things I lived and learnt in 2016

While everyone is welcoming the upcoming 2017 and blaming the 2016 for all the people who have died during these last 12 months, I’ve made a sum up of the top 9 things that happened to me in 2016.

top 9 things 2016

That’s the Instagram’s Best Nine. Well, no pics about me? Guh!

So here are my top 9 things I chose as highlights of my 2016!

Many other great things have happened during this 2016. It’s been an amazing year for me, I can’t complain at all!

When reading my first post of the 2016 about avoiding proposition, there’s something I’d like to underline:

In the picture above there are the 9 most liked pictures on Instagram in 2015. They reflect well what my year has just been: travelling, working on myself, never giving up, coming back to running, eating, drinking tons of coffee and loving all things beautiful in the world.

That’s exactly what happened on this 2016 too. I hope my 2017 will enhance all of this, and will push even more out of my comfort zone. I want to learn new skills, visit new countries, get stronger, write more, spend more time with my loved ones, and enjoy life.

I wish you all a fantastic, happy and healthy 2017 full of all the things you’d like! Stay strong, live your life at full and don’t be discouraged by the bad times – good times are always around the corner!


WordCamp Milano 2016 is over! [Pics inside]

It’s the day after WordCamp Milano, and I can’t be more proud of the Italian WordPress community growing so fast and healthy.WordCamp Milano, WCMIL, WordPress community, Stef Mattana, Giustino Borzacchiello


It’s been a crazy ride. All the organisers were kind of first-timers so they had to face a lot of troubles, going out of their comfort zone and wrangle the event. And eventually they made it! W00t!

After all, everything went through okay and people loved the conference, the talks, the vibes.

WCMilano 2016 - Organizers

WCMilano 2016 - Organizers

More photos of the conference and the Contributor Day can be found in Maurizio Melandri‘s Flickr account as well as Mauricio Gelves! Here are the URLs:

WordCamp Milano Contributor Day by Mauricio Gelves

Organiser’s pics by Mauricio Gelves

WordCamp Milano Album by Maurizio Melandri

Track 1 by Mauricio Gelves

– More WordCamp Milano photos by Mauricio Gelves

Thanks everyone who’s making this happen every day with love, passion and constance. 👏🙌🏻🇮🇹

Taken at Università Milano Bicocca

More stories and pics on my Instagram account too!

So now I work at Automattic…

I work at Automattic now. It got official on May 31st!

work at automattic, welcome pack

I’m going to talk about me being an Automattician and the work at Automattic very soon, I promise.

Being an Automattician is simply wonderful. There’s a lot of stuff to do every day, you have many responsibilities and there’s always something new to learn.

It’s like doing the best job ever, for real! You can also work from wherever you like, that’s why Franz and i managed to live in Vienna for a while. Then you come back home and find this.
Thanks Automattic for the lovely welcome pack! 😍#spoiltgirl

Taken at London, United Kingdom

More stuff about Automattic and the WordPress community on my Instagram and Snapchat (stefmattana). The picture above, in fact, comes from Snapchat, and that’s why you should follow me there.

7 takeways from WordCamp London 2016

wordcamp london 2016 logoWordCamp London 2016 ended last Sunday, and my mind is still there. It’s been a wonderful 4 month adventure that culminated with an amazing celebration of the UK WordPress community.

When the lead organiser and dear friend of mine Jenny Wong asked me to be her sponsorship person, I said yes without hesitations. Although I volunteered many times at WordCamps, I was never involved as an organiser.

Managing the sponsors has been a great honour for me. It’s a big responsibility—if you don’t raise enough money, the team can’t arrange the WordCamp as they planned—but I always liked challenges. Everything went okay so PHEW! 😅

I learned many things during my journey to the WordCamp. Here are my 7 takeaways.

Be fit (and stay hydrated)

Especially if you deal with sponsors, you may end up carrying a lot of heavy boxes around. When I joined the WordCamp team, I added a fourth day in my gym routine. My shredded biceps thank me for the effort!

Provide hand sanitisers

conf flu wordcamp london 2016

Because Conf Flu exists.

Raise more money than you need (if you can)

You never know what could happen during the conference, and you might experience a financial emergency. Better safe than sorry 💰

Take good care of your sponsors

If sponsors are happy and everything goes smoothly, they’ll sponsor other WordCamps, and that’s how we close the loop :)

Be ready for the unforeseen

Remember Murphy’s law? 😏

Get a bigger job board

The community is growing exponentially and we need a bigger job board!

Get a solid team of organisers

I can’t believe we don’t have a group pic! My immense gratefulness goes to Ana, Barbara Diane, Gary, Jenny, Jo, Tammie—they got my back when I was in distress and have spent with me so many happy (and concerned) moments. Mention of honour goes to the army of volunteers who helped us during the conference—without them WordCamp London wouldn’t be the great success it was.

Giving back to the WordPress community at WordCamp Sofia

In contributor days at WordCamps you give back to the WordPress community. Sometimes you’re the giver, sometimes you’re the “taker”.

contributor day WordCamp, WordPress community, Stef and Rob contributors day
At WordCamp Sofia I had the honour and the pleasure of being the pupil (for one evening!) of the awesome senior developer and dear friend Robert O’Rourke.

One way of giving back to the WordPress community is to contribute actively to the open source project. You don’t need to be a developer to contribute to the community. There’s always something to do to make WordPress a better place for blogging, shipping products or backing up a business. Every little helps and it’s easy to find something that each and everyone of us can do better than anyone else.

Another way to contribute to the community is to train people with new stuff to make them better contributors. In the picture you can see Rob and I talking about local WordPress installations. He basically taught me how to create a local environment on my laptop so to edit and adjust any kind of WordPress website without making every changes live straight away.
With this new cool stuff Rob explained to me, I have the chance to see if my changes work and eventually don’t break the internet if they don’t.
Sounds like a tiny task to do, doesn’t it? Whatever big or small the things you learn (and teach), the payoff is always beneficial to other people.

I learnt so much from the evening I spent with Rob and I look forward to tell my friends about all the knowledge I’ve just acquired – or to put that at their disposal in case they are in distress with their websites.

Here are more details about contributing to the WordPress community, o get in touch with me.

Taken at Siteground HQ Stara Zagora

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