My first day, after 7 years

Hello Mozilla community,

today is my first day as the SUMO community manager. I actually do plan to put that on my business card “SUMO community manager”. I guess it will lead to a lot of interesting questions 😉 And that will give me an excuse to tell people about the extraordinary privilege that I have doing just my job.

I have been with Mozilla for more than seven years now. I started as a localizer for Firefox (then m/b or Phoenix) and lead the German Firefox community ever since. A few month ago I applied for the position of the “Support community manager” at Mozilla. After all, managing a support community is what I’ve been doing for several years as a hobby.

I mean that’s the dream of most people, right? Getting payed for something you would do even if nobody happened to pay you. Turning your
hobby into your job. But it’s more than that. Now I don’t have to feel bad for putting so much time into it and I get to extend the scope of my
work, which is just awesome.

While leading the German community I had a lot of time to gain experience in building communities and working with them. I’ll still be
part of the German community, but now I hope to use that experience to work much more closely with the international community on global support issues at Mozilla. Coming from a local community I know the pain points of those communities and my hope is that as part of the SUMO-Team I’ll be able to guide the way to a much more localization- and community-aware SUMO.

So, all in all, I couldn’t have asked for a better situation to be in, I’m grateful everything worked out so perfectly and I’m excited to get
started. Oh, and I have one more blog post about why I think I have one of the best jobs in the world.