I’m starting over again. I am recreating my site because in many ways, I have been starting over with my Web Dev career (again).
I’ve been doing simple websites using HTML & CSS since 1994/1995, when the web was the new internet toy. We used webpages mostly for centralizing technical documentation in our network monitoring centers @ AT&T.
Fast forward to 2005, and we’re doing the same thing (using proprietary wiki software) @ IBM, again to centralize documentation & training material for my technical teams (all working remotely) in the US, India, & Brazil.
Around 2016 a friend of mine got me going to coding meetups for the JS community. I loved the community of people, the camaraderie, and the many opportunities to learn (and DO) from senior JS Devs.
That same friend invited me to sign up for a Front End Engineering boot camp. I loved it! We had a classroom of 8, and we all played well together and learned various things like ReactJS, CSS3 & HTML5 (a refresher for me). We did code pairing, and worked on projects together like we were a coding shop. We used Agile methods, did stand-ups every morning, and got together for beer and conversation sometimes.
Some health issues got in the way of my finding a job, but I worked with others on local volunteer web projects, and kept trying. You may have heard that the JS Dev job market is quite male dominated, and over-40 folks like me had a particularly hard time getting 3rd interviews.
After some time off, I realized I could start taking my pension, and start taking social security. With my basic financial needs taken care of, along with my decent retirement medical benefits, I figured I could take only the work that I wanted to be involved with. Soon after I made that decision, the Director and another employee of the Utah Pride Center asked me to come work for them on a contract basis. I work 5 days a week, but only for 3-5 hours per day. And the pay helps too 🙂
Now I am ready to take on one or two additional projects, which brings us back to why I am restarting this site!
I’m looking forward to working with non-profits and small businesses to bring their websites up to modern standards, and to help them bring more traffic to their websites and in their doors.
Thanks for reading!