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Next Stop for Accelerate.LGBT: Dublin, Ireland

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Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, is committed to diversity: providing a platform for everyone to publish on the web and building a diverse, distributed workforce around the world.

A collaborative effort between Accelerate with Google and Automattic, the Accelerate.LGBT conference series is designed to help diverse businesses and nonprofits optimize their web presence, empowering professionals through focused workshops and hands-on, one-on-one support from Automattic and Google employees. We held our first event in San Francisco this past April, which was a great success.

We’re excited to announce the next free Accelerate.LGBT event on September 17, 2015, in Dublin, Ireland. Here’s a sneak peek of the sessions for this afternoon event:

  • Get found on Google Search and Maps
  • Optimize your website for business
  • Engage a younger audience with your brand
  • Find the best talent for your organization — inside Google’s hiring secrets
  • Unlock your organization’s online potential

If you live in Dublin or…

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The Big, White (Guilt) Wedding

Fieldwork in Stilettos

Okay, I’ll be honest with you. Yesterday’s weekend wedding planning index left off one rather important figure…

Number of times I started crying, even though I promised myself I wasn’t going to let anything in the wedding planning process make me cry: 2

I suppose this is a somewhat unrealistic goal—I cry over everything, good, bad or otherwise—but still. Twice? On our first weekend out of the gate?

The first episode occurred as we were heading back to the car after concluding the tour at our First Choice Venue. The caterer had just informed me that we could, in fact, have our first dance in the same room as our ceremony. And the thought of marrying PIC there, in that room, with that view, of reciting our vows and having our first dance there—it was just too perfect.

Dream wedding perfect.

dream wedding Not quite this, but something along those lines…

So…

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Photos We Loved: “Beneath Your Feet”

The Daily Post

I always enjoy hosting a photo challenge — seeing my notifications light up with photo submissions never gets old!

Thank you to everyone who contributed images to the Beneath Your Feet theme. You shared many different interpretations, and while it’s difficult to select from among hundreds and hundreds of responses, I’ve chosen some highlights to share with you.


Wenjie at A Certain Slant of Light shared a distinctly patterned wooden floor in Casa Milà, one of Antoni Gaudí’s architectural masterpieces in Barcelona, Spain. I love the shapes and patterns on the floor, the sense of movement from the blurred foot on the left, and the various pairs of feet, which are naturally placed around the frame.

Many bloggers captured gorgeous textures beneath them, from the sand dunes at Koppie Aleen, De Hoop, in the Western Cape of South Africa (taken by the photographer at

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