Matt RaibleMatt Raible is a Java Champion and Developer Advocate at Okta. developer.okta.com

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10+ YEARS


Over 10 years ago, I wrote my first blog post. Since then, I've authored books, had kids, traveled the world, found Trish and blogged about it all.

Happy Birthday to Me

Today I turned one year older. It's strange to look back and see that I didn't blog about my birthday in 2007 or 2006, but I did in all previous years. Reflecting back on things, my birthday celebrations have gotten better over the years (we do a golf tournament every year now), but the working-on-my-birthday thing has gotten worse.

From my first birthday post in 2003:

Ever since I worked at eDeploy.com, where they gave us our birthday's off, I've continued to take the day off.

As a contractor, it's pretty easy to say "I'm not working on Wednesday, it's my birthday". Last year was the beginning of the downturn - when I started working on my birthday. I'd just started working at LinkedIn the week before. My birthday was on the Tuesday of the 2nd week I was on-site. I found it hard to say, "I need Tuesday" off, so I worked through it. This year, as an employee, I worked through it again. I don't recommend it.

If you can, take your birthday off. I'm going to see what I can do at LinkedIn to make it a company policy that employees get their birthday off. Wish me luck. ;-)

Posted in General at Jul 16 2008, 08:57:50 PM MDT 6 Comments
Comments:

Happy Birthday, old man..Have fun!

Posted by Daniel Wanja on July 16, 2008 at 10:52 PM MDT #

Happy B'day! Matt!

Posted by Sanjiv Jivan on July 16, 2008 at 11:32 PM MDT #

hi Matt, happy birthday, im Hien from HCM city, Vietnam, im looking for The Spring Primmer, but you know, it's difficult to order book online... happy !!!!

Posted by hien tran on July 17, 2008 at 01:36 AM MDT #

Hein - if you're having issues buying the book from SourceBeat, you should contact support@sourcebeat.com.

Posted by Matt Raible on July 17, 2008 at 06:56 AM MDT #

Hey Matt, I'm a long-time reader of your blog and just discovered we share a birthday. Happy birthday to us! :) Cheers, Donal

Posted by Donal on July 17, 2008 at 01:58 PM MDT #

Happy birthday!

Posted by rocksun on July 23, 2008 at 12:03 AM MDT #

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