My name is David Artiss and I’m an Enterprise Happiness Engineer at Automattic, working on the WordPress VIP team. I provide front-line support to enterprise clients.

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We provide consulting, support, hosting, training, and other services to some of the biggest and best WordPress sites for clients like Time Inc., Facebook, TechCrunch and The New York Times

I am a WordCamp speaker and volunteer as well as a long-time contributor to WordPress, having assisted with Core, Documentation, Support and WordPress.TV. I am also the author of a number of free WordPress plugins.


When not working, I’m a blogger-cum-writer. This site was named as a weekly blog highlight by public relations service company Cision on 4th December 2009 and has been mentioned on the BBC website. Twice. I am also a journalist for the technology website, The Big Tech Question and have also been known to make an appearance on the PC Pro podcast.

Reading as often as I can (comic book and non-fiction), I also watch a lot of films (action and comedy), TV (comedy and documentary) and listen to music and podcasts. I’m a Star Wars, Star Trek and Marvel nerd. An avid gamer and amateur theatre performer rounds off my social time.

Although I try and keep out of politics, I am an EU Remainer 🇪🇺.

Mildly bipolar, an ambivert, aphantasmic and a lucid dreamer. I’m also cross-dominant, a sufferer of sensory overload, bradycardia and have déjà rêvé. Tea-total and lactose intolerant, I’m a total hit at parties. 

The Legoland loop (updated)

After a recent trip of Legoland, Windsor, I’ve had to turn to their customer service to resolve an issue. But it’s all got stuck in a loop where they direct me to a third party and third party direct me back to them. Here’s what happened… my daughter went on a ride called “Driving School”,…

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All is normal. It’s only bradycardia.

As an on-going quest to discover more about myself, particularly physical and mental health, I’m going to talk about bradycardia. Bradycardia is having a heart rate below 60 beats per minute (bpm). As I write this, my heart rate is at 56 bpm. My resting heart rate over the last week was 50 bpm. Now,…

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This could be Rotterdam… the 2019 VIP Grand Meetup

It’s that time ago when the whole of WordPress VIP have their Grand Meetup. This year, we’re in Rotterdam. We stayed at the nhow hotel, which is rather splendid, architecture wise, using the hotel facilities for our meetings, workshops, etc. Wednesday 16th I’ve volunteered to leave early – Friday is the official “travel day” for…

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