The joys of creating a dope community

Building a local tech community gave me an incredible opportunity to connect with others, while creating the kind of environment I always wanted to be a part of!

Shoot Your Shot, 2019 Edition

First time posting on my home blog since 2017! Glorious day! Let’s talk about conference talk and accelerator cohort applications.

Having a Productive Creative Day

Creative days are the days where I just dump things from my brain, without editing. Here’s what I do to relax, focus, and let the creative juices flow.

10 Perks of Being a Newbie Web Developer

This time may not seem enjoyable, but that’s because learning to code is hard. Add these items to your gratitude list. Have you ever fondly remembered a relationship after the fact that you knew was messy, but ultimately enjoyable? Perhaps the person had a lot of levels to them, and communication wasn’t great. But you […]

On Being an Overextended Newbie Tech Entrepreneur

Parsing the challenges of producing useful social content as a newbie web developer, and my efforts to overcome them I’ve been going through a tough time lately. I’ve been feeling very overwhelmed—like I’m just coming to after spinning out. Things I used to enjoy are starting to feel very stressful and anxiety-inducing to me. This isn’t […]

Keep writing and recording, newbie coders

We need your perspectives, now and forever This is going to be a “short” one. For those unfamiliar with my writing, a 4–5 minute read is definitely short. 😂 I like just sharing my thoughts occasionally, without the burden of extensive research. Being a new (< 2 years) web developer with a blog and podcast—that often […]

Leveraging Twitter to build your web development career

Why Twitter followers can be your biggest fans, and how to build a powerful audience Ihad been on Twitter for nearly two years before I finally figured out how to use it. I could never quite understand why this platform is so great for networking and self-promotion. To my further surprise, by the time I finally figured it […]

Why You Should Be Learning With Treehouse

Insights from one of Treehouse’s top 1% of students internationally Why I recommend Treehouse, specifically When I talk about when I first learned to code, I often start after I lost my job in software-as-a-service (SaaS) customer service management in 2015. But that’s not entirely accurate. I actually stumbled upon Treehouse one day back in 2012. I […]

Visualization Techniques for Programmers (and Why You Should Be Using Them)

Learning to code doesn’t just happen at the keyboard Lately, I’ve been experimenting with different learning styles and brain hacks. While I have adapted naturally over time to self-educating in the most efficient manner, there’s always room for improvement. One of my most recent experimentations, I stumbled upon purely accidentally. While driving one day, I wanted […]

WIWO: JavaScript and the DOM

In WIWO (What I’m Working On), I discuss what languages and technologies I am currently learning using Treehouse, so you can follow along with another student learning web development. We won’t take a very deep dive into the technologies, because Treehouse already does an amazing job of that… so feel free to sign up for a free 7-day […]

6 Tips For Getting Out Of A Coding Rut

When teaching ourselves web development, it can be difficult at times to keep the momentum going. Life arises, things happen, and falling off the horse doesn’t seem like a big deal… until 3 weeks have passed, and you think you’ve forgotten how to write a function. Fortunately, there are ways to get out of a […]

Growth Stages of the Web Developer

The four ladder rungs every web development student climbs I’m primarily focusing on LVEC right now, and focusing on creating content for other self-taught web developers. However, when I find some free time… I still love to code. The quality of my coding time has evolved over the past year. It has changed from a sometimes […]

Note-Taking for Self-Taught Students

How to take exceptional notes while teaching yourself As self-taught students, we are becoming attuned to our learning strengths in a way that traditionally-taught students may never have tapped into. When we do anything independently, it reinforces our self-discipline. You know that the outcome of your efforts is within your control; in your hands. You can […]

Ego Has No Place in Education

I started teaching myself web development nearly a year and a half ago (WOW!), and I’ve been stuck on a plateau for a while now. I had a lot of web development knowledge in the Front End, within HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and other languages. [If you’re not sure of the differences between front and back end […]

The Path from MUD to OOP

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about my origins — mainly because I take a lot of it for granted, despite so much of my experience contributing to the person I am today. So many of us programmers have incredibly cool, diverse backgrounds and experiences. I was raised by my grandparents since I was young, for example. […]

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