About

Hi! I’m Dan and I’m a Concierge Engineer (i.e., Front-End Developer) on Team 51 at Automattic, Inc. – the company behind WordPress.com, Jetpack, WooCommerce, Gravatar, and a bunch of other cool products that you may have seen around the web.

This is my bookmarks application. Why use WordPress for something like this? Well, there are a couple reasons:

  1. Not so long ago, I accidentally deleted a main directory from my browser bookmarks in Chrome. Despite a time machine backup, I already did enough damage before figuring out how to restore that I still was only able to recover a small amount of what was lost. I was livid. There was no prompt to confirm my delete/accidental keypress and I didn’t even realize what I did right away.
  2. Using an app/service like Pocket, Instapaper, etc. is great but you’re at the mercy of those companies to keep your data. Suppose something goes wrong on their end. Suppose they have an unfavorable TOS update. I like the idea of being in control of as much of my content as I can. I can still use these applications but I ultimately want to pull that data back to a location where I own that content.
  3. Cross-browser differences in bookmarking (if you’re using a browser bookmark feature). For example, Chrome uses folders, FF uses tags, etc.
  4. Experimenting with solutions and I ended up being pleasantly surprised as to how easy it was to utilize the “Press This” bookmarklet tool to save my bookmarks!

You can view my actual blog at dan.robert.blog.