Category: Thoughts

November 30, 2017 in Thoughts, WordPress

Thoughts on Gutenberg (Pre-WordCamp US)

This post has been marinating in my drafts for a few weeks, and I'd like to get it out into the world before I learn a whole bunch through talks and conversations at WordCamp US this weekend and refine my views accordingly. Take a read, then stay tuned for "Thoughts on Gutenberg (post-WordCamp US)"!

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October 22, 2017 in Thoughts

JavaScript and Me

JavaScript and I have had a rocky relationship over the past few years. My consulting work doesn't really require a deep understanding of JavaScript, but my newfound resolve to level-up my skills and to obtain a full-time job have deemed that deep understanding quite necessary.

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September 11, 2017 in Thoughts

Reverse Job Post:
UX-Oriented, Senior Front-end Developer

Lara's Dream Employer seeks a UX-Oriented, Senior Front-end Web Developer with advanced HTML/CSS knowledge, working JavaScript knowledge, and a background in illustration or visual design. This role is part of a small front-end team that operates as the link between design and back-end development.

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September 10, 2017 in Links, Thoughts

No, I’m from New York

Actually, I'm from a small town in Pennsylvania, but my years in NYC made enough of an impact on me that this article from the New Yorker describes the LA vs. NYC phenomenon impeccably.

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April 7, 2016 in Thoughts

Why don’t code schools teach WordPress?

In the coding classes I’ve taught (which, for the record, have been part-time, not bootcamps) students’ intentions are often to make their own websites, work on existing ones, or to incorporate web development into a freelance practice. Regarding bootcamps, I’ve met several graduates who began their careers with freelancing, where […]

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January 25, 2016 in Thoughts

Year in Review

This is "Year in Review" has a bit of a negative tone. I considered editing this post to make it sound more I-love-my-life-and-work-always for potential employers, but that's no fun! Go ahead and read about 2015, the year that made me want to leave NYC, move to Utah, and work at a bar (which I did end up doing).

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July 1, 2015 in Thoughts

It’s identity crisis, not impostor syndrome

I think we've gotten to a point where non-impostors, myself included, are using impostor syndrome as a way to describe ever-human insecurity. The web is in its awkward twenties, and so are many, many of the people working on it. Fortunately or unfortunately, with your twenties comes the inevitable, quarter-life identity crisis.

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May 29, 2015 in Thoughts

Cocktails on the Pastry Box

For those unfamiliar, the Pastry Box Project is a curated collection of thoughts and articles from anyone who works with the web. I wrote an article about cocktails and websites, i.e. my two favorite things, and it was published! You can read it here.

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May 13, 2015 in Thoughts

I wrote a post for CSS-Tricks and people read it

This week, I had a guest post published on CSS-Tricks. You should read it. It kinda blew up. Well, definitely blew up. What started as legitimate comment thread on the post turned quite sour when the article was shared on r/programming: Yes, that would be me. I failed […]

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October 5, 2014 in Research, Thoughts

On Progressive Enhancement

In a nutshell, progressive enhancement is building "content out", separating the structure of a website (HTML) from its presentation and behavior (CSS and JS). Content should be available regardless of the capabilities of the device, and should not rely on styling or scripting to function at a base level. There are some strong opionions for and against, but it sounds like a good idea to me!

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August 28, 2014 in Thoughts

Coding and Me

All too often, someone new to the tech world sees coding as some kind of magic language we coders are born with. When you see a programmer slapping away at the keyboard, it’s no wonder! But it’s not magic. Really. Coding is not like this This morning I read a […]

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May 16, 2014 in Thoughts

Freelancer is a dirty word.

First of all, I am very proud to be a freelancer, and certainly identify as one. But…I hesitate. I kind of loathe the term. I feel like the word itself implies someone taking whatever work they can get, aimless and uncommitted, or in-between jobs with no other option to make ends […]

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